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Federation online and domestic partner students

Welcome to the Federation University Library. We offer an integrated library service across all campuses, and aim to provide a range of high quality scholarly information resources and services to assist you with your studies.


Borrowing guidelines for undergraduate and TAFE students

no. of items
of renewals
Federation undergraduate and TAFE students* 30 14 days (2 weeks) 20
Non-Federation undergraduate students 30 14 days (2 weeks) 3

*Students studying online and off-campus have an extended borrowing period to allow for postage of items.

Borrowers please note:

  • Items in the Equipment, Reserve and Realia collections can only be borrowed in person by FedUni students and staff.
  • Items in the Textbook collection can only be borrowed by our students and staff.
  • Copyright regulations restrict non-Federation borrowers from borrowing off-air video and audio recordings from within the Multimedia collection
  • Items held in the Blainey, Creedy, Journal, Law, Reference and Research collections are not available for loan
  • Recreation reading items can be borrowed for a 42 day/6 week loan period by our students and staff, and a 14 day/2 week loan period for all other borrowers.
  • Items in the Reserve collection can be borrowed for 2 hours and may be taken out of the library

Returning or renewing library items

Provided no hold(s) have been placed on the item(s), and you have no overdue items, you can renew items:

  • online using myLibrary@FedUni
  • by phoning 1300 552 567
  • in person at the Information Desk, upon presentation of your current Federation ID or borrowing card.

You can return your library items by:

  • placing them in the designated book return chutes at any campus library
  • posting them to any campus library

Items must be returned by closing time on the due date to prevent overdue penalties.

Holds and inter-campus requests

You can request an item that is currently out on loan, or is held at another Federation library location, including the Ballarat off-site store. You can do this:

When the requested item becomes available you will be emailed a collection notice, which will advise you when this item must be collected by.

Students can borrow items from any campus library using their current student ID card. Arrange your student ID card today.

Intercampus journal article requests

Undergraduate students can request copies of journal articles held in print at campus libraries to be emailed to them via the online form.

Postgraduates may use the Document Delivery process.

Finding resources

Document delivery: Intercampus copies

Journal articles held in print at any campus library can be copied and sent to you electronically, within Copyright limits.

Requesting items

Complete the online form and allow three business days for the copy to be emailed to you.

Visit the Document Delivery Services: Intercampus Copies page for more information.

Help with referencing

FedUni uses four main styles of referencing: APA, Australian Harvard, Chicago/Turabian, and MLA.

For examples of in-text citations, footnotes, full references, and useful tips in all four styles go to our FedCite referencing tool (It is important to consult your unit description, lecturer or tutor for the preferred citation style for each subject you undertake).

Some law courses also use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Footnotes AGLC). For purchasing options, or to download a free PDF of the guide, go at the Melbourne Law School website.

Assistance is available for Federation staff and students with all citation and referencing queries. Call us on 1300 552 567, or submit an online enquiry on our Ask the Library page.

You can also email the Academic Skills and Knowledge (ASK) desks or speak with your lecturer or tutor.

Further information

The Library provides support for partner providers in Australia, for TAFE and higher education institute partners.

Students at partner providers in Australia have access to electronic resources and books in the FedUni Library.

Ask the Library or visit the Library 101 page for further information to help you with your studies.