Borrowing from our libraries

As a member of the Library, you can borrow or request items from our collections at any of our libraries.

How to borrow

Use your Murdoch ID or library card to borrow items. We have self-check machines at the Geoffrey Bolton Library and Veterinary Library – to borrow, simply scan your card then your items. Alternatively, take your items and card to the help desk. Use My Library to track your borrowed items, requests and due dates.


Returning items

You can return borrowed items to any of our libraries, however High Demand collection loans must be returned to where they were borrowed from. Drop your items in the returns chute or use the self check machine to return your items.


If you are a Murdoch University student or staff member, we will automatically renew your loans two times. If you need items for longer, you can renew them a further three times using My Library or at the self check machines in the Library. For all other members, renew your loans online using MyLibrary.

Fines or replacement charges may be applied if items are not returned or renewed by the due date.


If another user requests an item that you have on loan, the item will be recalled and assigned a new due date, of which you will be advised via email. You will need to return the item by the new due date in order to avoid fines or replacement charges.


Use Library Search or the Library Catalogue to request items from our collection. You can request print items for collection from any of our campus libraries using our click and collect service. Simply choose the library you want to collect your item from when requesting.

You will receive an email when your item is ready to collect, usually within 2 business days. Requested items currently on loan may take longer before they are ready for collection. To collect your item, speak to Library Help Desk staff at your nominated pickup location during opening hours. If collecting from the Veterinary Library, your item can be found on the hold shelf - use the self check machine to borrow. Eligible external students can request postage of items from our collection.

Fines and replacement charges

If you do not return items by the due date, fines or replacement charges maybe be applied to your Library account.

How much you can borrow

General Collection

Member typeNumber of itemsLoan periodRenewals allowedRequests allowed
Murdoch Undergraduate and Graduate Diploma students30 items 12 weeks 5 renewals
(includes 2 automatic renewals)
10 requests
Murdoch staff, postgraduate, masters and honours students99 items 1 semester 5 renewals
(includes 2 automatic renewals)
20 requests
All other library members
(includes Alumni, Community members)
30 items6 weeks5 renewals
(no automatic renewals)
5 requests

High Demand Collection

Our High Demand Collection holds priority items that can be used by Murdoch students and staff, within the collection area or be borrowed for a short period of time. All other library members (includes Alumni, Community members) are not allowed to borrow from our High Demand Collections.

LocationNumber of itemsLoan periodRenewals allowedRequests allowed
Geoffrey Bolton Library and Veterinary Library2 items 2 hours;
3 hours for DVDs
1 renewal
Not allowed
Mandurah Campus Library2 items 3 days Not allowedNot allowed

You can borrow most High Demand collection items overnight. See Library staff to book an item for overnight loan.

High Demand overnight loansBorrow fromReturn by
Geoffrey Bolton Library Weekdays: 6pm;
Weekends: 4pm
Within one hour of Library next opening
Veterinary Library
4pmWeekdays before 9am;
Weekends: before 11am
Mandurah Campus Library
2pmWithin one hour of Library next opening

Laptop loans

Laptops are available for loan to current Murdoch students at the Perth or Mandurah campuses.

Member types
Loan period
Renewals allowed
Current Murdoch students 1 semester

To borrow a laptop, visit the Help Desk at the Geoffrey Bolton Library or Mandurah Campus Library. Once you have your laptop, don’t forget to install Murdoch recommended apps and tools including Office365.

This service has been made possible via the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Our librarians are skilled information professionals who can assist with your study or research.

Renew items you have on loan and keep track of what you have borrowed using My Library.

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