Services & Facilities

Information about borrowing, interloans, desk reserve, tutorial rooms, information literacy (e.g. database searching), research assistance, and visitors.



Library Card: Your student/staff ID card is also your library card. Please present it at the Issues Desk to borrow items.

Number of items: There is no limit to the number of items that may be borrowed except for movies and English language testing resources. There is a limit of six movies at one time and three TOEIC or IELTS books.

Borrowing time: 4 weeks for fiction and non-fiction books. 1 week for magazines and DVDs. 3 days for TOEIC and IELTS books.

Renewals: You can renew your loans two times before they must be sighted, providing no one else has reserved them. Log in to "My Library" from the library catalogue to do this.

Reserving items: Items that are out on loan or are being processed may be reserved. Search the library catalogue and mark records of interest on the results list by clicking on checkbox to the right of each item. Then use the "List" feature (top left of results list) to "Reserve."


If a required book or article is not available from the Library or subscribed databases we will try to borrow it elsewhere. There are links available in our online databases to make document requests, alternatively, interloan requests can be completed on the blue form at the Library Information Desk or via email.

Desk Reserve

Items in high demand are placed by lecturers in our Desk Reserve Collection. These are available for use in the Library during opening hours.

Tutorial Rooms

Students and staff may book the large (Tutorial Room 1), and smaller (Tutorial Room 2) rooms for work groups and meetings. Phone extension 855, or ask at the Information Desk. Bookings for the day are displayed on the whiteboard outside Tutorial Room 1.

Japanese Corner

Situated next to the tutorial rooms, it contains all our Japanese language materials, including manga, fiction, non-fiction, and careers information.

Information Literacy

Library staff provide orientation tours and induction to new students and staff. We also run a series of information literacy tutorials for Foundation students.

We are more than happy to provide tailored training and refreshers to groups and individuals on request, for example, database search skills.

Reference Services

For students

Research: We can provide you with tips and tricks to help you formulate effective literature searches, select materials from authoritative sources, and help you think outside-the-square when it comes to locating and retrieving information.

For staff

Research: Want to research a topic for class or private study but simply don't have the time? We can undertake professional searches on your behalf.

Current Awareness

We can show you how to use alerting services to automatically receive the latest information on a topic of interest - great for staying current when undertaking ongoing research.

Just ask us how... visit the Information Desk, email or phone us on extension 855 to make an appointment.


IPU Library extends a warm welcome to visitors. Members of the community can browse the collection, read newspapers and periodicals, and view DVDs. We ask visitors to sign in at the Information Desk. While borrowing is not available, photocopiers can be used at standard rates in observance of copyright legislation.