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

Updates to borrowing rules

Changes effective Wednesday 28 October. 

Print collections are available on a self-service basis. You can borrow (UQ ID card required) and return items.

  • High-Use items (24 hour loans). Items will become overdue if not returned on time. We will email you an overdue notice and your account will be blocked from borrowing activities (borrowing, renewing, and requesting) until the item is returned.

    Please return any overdue items to the Library from which they were borrowed.
     
  • Loan recalls: when an item you have on loan is requested by another client, we will notify you that your loan has been recalled by email. This notice will advise of any due date changes, with a maximum recall period of 14 days unless the item is due back earlier.

    When a recalled item becomes overdue your account will be blocked from borrowing activities until the item is returned. You may return these items to any of our Libraries.
     
  • General loans do not need to be returned yet and overdue fines remain suspended. However, we ask that you to return your loans on time and contact us about overdue items if you are unable to return them.
     
  • Processing of returns may take longer than usual. If a returned item has not been removed from your account within three working days, please contact us and we will investigate.

What you can borrow/access and for how long

Regular loan periods do not apply to general loans at the moment. They will be auto renewed unless they are recalled. 

Membership type No. of items Loan period No. of auto-renewals (unless recalled)

No. of Requests (concurrent)

No. of Document Delivery (per semester) Access to eResources
Undergraduates Unlimited general items, with a maximum of 5 High-Use (24 hour) loans 28 days 3 50 20 Full
Coursework postgraduates Unlimited general items, with a maximum of 5 High-Use (24 hour) loans 28 days 3 50 20 Full
Remote Undergraduates and Remote Coursework postgraduates Unlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High-Use (24 hour) loans 28 days 3 100 20 Full
Research postgraduate, UQ staff Unlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High-Use (24 hour) loans 84 days 3 Unlimited 100 Full

Hospital staff

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

84 days

3

Unlimited 100 Library computers
UQ ICTE Unlimited general items with a maximum of 5 High-Use (24 hour) loans 28 days 3 50 N/A Full
UQ Alumni Unlimited general items 28 days 3 20 N/A AlumniLibrary computers
Rural Clinical School Hospital Staff (non-UQ) Unlimited general items 28 days 3 20 N/A Library computers

Community (including Reciprocal)

Unlimited general items 28 days 3
 
20 N/A Library computers
Fryer Visitor Unlimited Fryer Library items To end of day N/A 20 N/A Library computers

Television recordings are only available to UQ students and staff.

External and remote students have some modified borrowing privileges.

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 as they are due back and as regular operations and rules resume
  • 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 reminders and overdue 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

Your UQ ID card is your Library Card. Present your UQ ID card/library card (for community members) when borrowing. You should not share your card. See the Student Identification Cards Policy.

From 13 August 2020, new Community and Reciprocal library members will receive their Library membership card in the mail.

Where your Community, Reciprocal, Alumni, or New Graduate membership application was confirmed prior to 13 August 2020 (when physical collections were closed), email nsi@library.uq.edu.au to request a library card for borrowing. Please include your current postal address and we'll post your card out to you.

Update your membership details

How to update your Library membership details.

Library notices

The Library sends out a number of courtesy reminders and overdue notices about 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).

Courtesy notices are being sent as normal. From 28 October:

  • High-Use loans: an Overdue notice for high-use items will be sent when the item is one hour overdue
  • Recalled loans: a Due Date notice will be sent when an item is requested, a Courtesy notice will be sent five days before the recalled item is due. 

Other reminder notices, overdue notices and lost notifications will not be sent.

Loan category Courtesy Notice Reminder Notice Overdue Notice Lost notification
General, including Semester 5 days before due date (if the item cannot be automatically renewed) The day the item is due 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
7 days Notice not issued The day the item is due 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
3 days Notice not issued The day the item is due 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
24 hour Notice not issued The day the item is due 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
End of day Notice not issued Notice not issued 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
Recalled Notice issued as required The day the item is due 7 days after due date 14 days after due date

Overdue fines and penalties

Fines are currently suspended. From 28 October 2020, your account will be blocked if you have overdue high-use items or recalled loans. The block will be removed once the items are returned and checked in.

Overdue fines apply for late loans. Your borrowing privileges will be suspended if you have:

  • an overdue loan
  • 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.