Borrowing at a glance:

Ask questions relating to loans, overdue items, requesting items:

What you can borrow and for how long

To view a full list of your borrowing privileges please click on the relevant link in the table below.

Membership type No. of items Standard loan period No. of renewals (unless recalled)
Undergraduates 40 including 2 overnight, 4 hr or 2 hr 28 days 3
Coursework Postgraduates 40 including 2 overnight, 4 hr or 2 hr 28 days 3
Research Postgraduate, UQ Staff, Herston, Mater and PAH Staff 60 including 2 overnight, 4 hr or 2 hr 84 days 3
UQ ICTE 12 including 2 videos 14 days 2
UQ Alumni 30 28 days 3
Rural Clinical School Hospital Staff (non-UQ) 12 14 days 2
Secondary School Students 8 28 days 1
Wider Community, including Friends of the Library, Reciprocal 30 28 days 3

Borrowing and returning items

UQ staff, students and registered clients can borrow from any branch library. Opening hours do vary so please check before visiting.

High use material, equipment and keys must be returned to the branch library from which they were borrowed. Items borrowed from the Book Dispensing Machines (BDM) machines must be returned to that specific machine.

Whenever possible please return other material to the UQ branch library from which it was borrowed. If this is not possible, material may be returned to any UQ branch library, except Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, or via Australia Post. For branch address details go to locations.

Renewing loans and recalls

Renewing your loans

  • Select My Record
  • Telephone a branch library and ask staff to renew for you.
  • Visit a branch library and renew on the autoloan machine (where available) or ask Library staff to renew for you.
 

Recalls of standard loans

Standard loans are subject to recall if required by another client. An email will be sent to you requesting that the material be returned.

You are guaranteed a loan of at least 7 days, but you must return the item by the new due date to avoid incurring a penalty of $1.40 per day.

Please note that if there are already holds on items you borrow, the loan period will automatically be set to 7 days and no recall notice will be issued.

 
 

Library notices

The library sends out a number of courtesy reminder and overdue notices about items on loan. Most notices are sent to your email account (for UQ staff and students they will be sent to your UQ supplied email account). Any follow up letters relating to very overdue material are sent by Australia Post and email.

Loan category Reminder notice 1st Overdue notice Final overdue notice Bill for replacement
Standard (including semester loans) 7 days before due date 1 day after due date 7 days after due date 14 days after due date
7 days 3 days before due date 1 day after due date 3 days after due date 5 days after due date
3 days 1 day before due date 1 day after due date 3 days after due date 5 days after due date
2 and 4 hr, end of day, overnight and 24 hour loans Notice not issued Notice not issued Notice not issued 24 hours after due date
Recalled Notice issued as needed 1 day after due date 7 days after due date 14 days after due date

Overdue charges and how to clear suspensions

UQ Library has an overdue penalty system, applicable to students and non-UQ borrowers, to ensure fair access to our resources.

Loan category Overdue charge Point at which borrowing suspended
Standard (including semester loans) 20c per day until billed 7 days after due date
7 day $4 per day until billed 3 days after due date
3 day $4 per day until billed 3 days after due date
2 and 4 hr, end of day and overnight $2 per hour, or part thereof, until billed 1 hour after due date
Recalled $1.40 per day On recalled due date
Bill for replacement $145 Borrowing will already be suspended at this point
Administrative charge $20 Borrowing will already be suspended at this point

Notes:

  • Equipment and room keys - replacement charges vary depending on type.
  • If overdue charges reach $20 you will be suspended from borrowing.
  • For students who do not reduce the total charges to less than $20 ($10 minimum payment) within a reasonable timeframe, a "Library fines" block will be added to their student record (mySi-net).

Renewing your loans

  • Select My Record
  • Telephone a branch library and ask staff to renew for you.
  • Visit a branch library and renew on the autoloan machine (where available) or ask Library staff to renew for you.
 

Your responsibilities

You are personally responsible for all items borrowed from UQ Library. Resonsibilities include:

  • Checking your email regularly. UQ staff and students: check your UQ supplied email account.
  • Checking the status of your loans via My Record
  • Returning or renewing your loans by the due date.
  • Contacting library staff if you are unable to return the items by the due date.
  • Returning items if you plan to be away for an extended period.
  • Returning high use items to the home branch library.

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