What can you borrow and for how long

ANU staff and students can borrow items from the ANU Library collection using a current ANU ID Card or Library borrowing card.

Not a current ANU staff member or student? The ANU Library welcomes members of the community to use its libraries and become a registered external borrower.

If the ANU Library does not have the item you need, eligible clients may request and borrow resources from other libraries. 

  ANU staff, postgradute
& honours students
Undergraduates External borrowers
Maximum number of items
(maximum of 4 reserve items*)
(includes up to 4 reserve items*)
(includes up to 6 orchestral sets)
Loan periods
Books 26 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
2 renewals 6 renewals 6 renewals
Reserve items*

2-day** & 2-hour***

2-day** & 2-hour***

Current serials Use in Library only Use in Library only Use in Library only
Bound serials 1 week Use in Library only  Use in Library only 
Audio visual material 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Primary material Law Library Use in Library only  Use in Library only  Use in Library only 
Music scores 26 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks

* Reserve items include 2-hour, 2-day, and private copies.

** 2-day reserve items can be renewed online via My Library Record once, for a maximum of 4 days with an item (this includes weekend days).

*** Most 2-hour reserve items can be borrowed overnight if borrowed within the last two hours of branch opening hours.

Returning items

Items can be returned via the return chute at any branch library, regardless of where the item was borrowed.

Failing to return an item by the due date or time may incur a penalty as set out on the Fines & charges page.


You can renew items you have on loan via My Library Record.

You cannot renew:

  • overdue items
  • recalled items
  • items obtained through Document Supply Service
  • 2-hour loans.

Recalled items

Another borrower may recall an item while it is currently on loan to you. When this happens, you will receive a recall notice by email. Recalled items must be returned within 10 days, unless the due date is earlier. Overdue recalled items will incur a penalty as set out on the Fines & charges page until they are returned.

To recall an item on loan to another borrower, select Request in the Catalogue record. You will receive an email when the item is available for you at the information desk. You can also check the progress of your recall via My Library Record.

Advice for ANU staff

If you have not been issued with an ANU ID card, or your Library borrowing card has expired, you may be requested to provide staff with an official ANU letter, or a letter signed by your Head of Department, confirming your identity and status as a current employee.