The borrowing of library resources is governed by the Library Code of Practice.

What you can borrow/access and for how long

Membership typeNo. of itemsLoan period

No. of Requests (concurrent)

No. of Document Delivery (per semester)Access to online resources

UQ students (undergraduates, coursework postgraduates, Shorter Form Credentials and UQ College)

Unlimited general items, with a maximum of 5 High Use (24 hour) loans28 days5020Full

Remote students (undergraduates, coursework postgraduates, and Shorter Form Credentials)

Unlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High Use (24 hour) loans42 days10020Full
Research postgraduate, UQ staffUnlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High Use (24 hour) loans84 daysUnlimited100Full

Hospital staff

Unlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High Use (24 hour) loans

84 days

Unlimited100Library computers
UQ AlumniUnlimited general items28 days20N/AAlumniLibrary computers

Community (including Reciprocal)

Unlimited general items28 days20N/ALibrary computers
Fryer VisitorUnlimited Fryer Library itemsTo end of day

Unlimited Fryer Library items with a maximum of 20 Fryer Library theses

N/ALibrary computers
  • General loans will auto-renew from 5 days before the due date unless they are recalled, you have A$20 or greater in library fines, or your account has been blocked or has expired. Auto-renewals will also not occur once the loan is overdue.
  • Television recordings and Warehouse materials in the 18 Plus collection are only available to UQ students and staff.
  • External and remote students have some modified borrowing privileges.
  • For information on borrowing a laptop from the Library, including loan conditions, see laptop loans

New and graduating student access:

  • For new students, access to Library resources commences 6 weeks (42 days) before the start of the semester, to support you in your preparation for your studies.
  • For graduating students, access to Library resources will cease upon your degree being conferred by your School or Faculty. Upon graduating, you are then eligible to sign up for membership as a UQ alumni.

Your responsibilities

We understand this is a difficult time and that you may not be able to return loans quickly. We ask that you:

  • contact us if you have any questions or concerns in relation to your loans
  • return items to the Library that you no longer require or when they are due back
  • take care of the items and do not lose them.

You are responsible for all items you borrow from the UQ Library:

  • check your email regularly for notices from the library
  • return your loans by the due date
  • items must be returned in the same condition in which they are borrowed
  • contact library staff if you are unable to return items by the due date
  • return items if you plan to be away for an extended period
  • return High Use items at the Library where they were borrowed
  • items borrowed from Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg libraries must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed

Failure to comply with the conditions of borrowing may invoke penalties under the Library Code of Practice.

Borrow with your UQ ID card / Library card

Your UQ ID card is also your Library card. It may be requested to be presented for identification purposes to access Library services, including being required for borrowing Library materials and access to secured Library spaces. You should not share your card, as your proof of personal identification.

New Community, Alumni and Hospital members: we will email you once your membership application has been processed. Collect your Library card from any AskUs service point during service hours.

See the Student Identification Cards Policy and the Identification Cards for University Staff and Associates Procedure.

Update your membership details

How to update your Library membership details.

Library notices

The Library sends out notices for items on loan.

All notices are sent to your email account (for UQ staff and students they will be sent to your UQ email account).

Notices related to items due include:

Loan categoryNotice: Items due soonNotice: Items due todayNotice: Items overdueNotice: Items very overdue
General, including Semester and 28 day laptop loans5 days before due date (if the item cannot be automatically renewed)The day the item is due7 days after due date14 days after due date
7 daysn/aThe day the item is due7 days after due date14 days after due date
3 daysn/aThe day the item is due7 days after due date14 days after due date
24 hour1 hour before the item is dueThe day the item is due1 hour after the item is due and 7 days after due date14 days after due date
2 hour & end of dayn/an/a7 days after due date14 days after due date



5 days before due date

Additional notice when recalled - Notice: Item status change 

The day the item is due7 days after due date14 days after due date

Overdue fines and penalties

Overdue fines apply for overdue items. You will not be able to borrow, renew, or place requests if you have:

  • an overdue item
  • overdue fines equal to or exceeding $20.

See how to pay your fine and return all overdue items to restore your borrowing privileges.

mySI-net block for very overdue items

A block on your mySI-net record will be applied for very overdue items. This block may:

  • prevent you from enrolling
  • prevent you from signing up to classes
  • it may also prevent you from obtaining an academic transcript

The block will be removed once all overdue items are returned and processed.