We provide access to books, journal articles, and other resources which are not available in our library collections. Follow these simple steps to get started:
Is it available in our collections or databases?
BONUS+ is a reciprocal book sharing program which provides access to over 7 million titles for free. Request via the green button on the catalogue record.
Don’t forget about our databases. For example, are you aware you can search for newspaper articles via Factiva?
Search Google. Is it available for free on the web?
Authors and publishers sometimes make their work available for free on the web. If it is available for free online, you may be able to access to it immediately.
Place your request
Submit a request via our online request forms. Choosing the correct form for each request can avoid delays.
Tip: The more information you provide the better and the more likely it is that we can get your item quickly. Please include the ISBN or ISSN if you have it.
Who can use this service
- University of Melbourne staff
- Graduate students
- Honours students
- Final year undergraduate students doing research (with your supervisor's approval)
What happens when you place a request?
We have two systems to supply you with external materials, Article Reach Direct and Relais.
Requests for journal articles will be directed into the ArticleReach system first. This ensures that articles are supplied in the fastest time possible.
If we can't supply your article using ArticleReach, we then pass your request into our other software system, Relais, and we will attempt to supply it using that system.
Requests for books and other materials will go straight into the Relais system. Requests we can't obtain via ArticleReach are also passed into this system.
You can check the status of your request via the 'Relais Interlibrary Loans' tab.
What about copyright?
Australian copyright laws apply to all inter-library loan requests.
What does it cost?
We will obtain most things at no cost to you, however, you may be asked to contribute if the costs exceed our preset limit. If this occurs we will contact you.
What if my request is urgent?
If you need your item urgently, please contact us
How do I collect my inter-library loan?
We provide copies by email. Sometimes you will be provided with a PDF and other times you will have a link to download the article.
Sometimes the article will have Digital Rights Management (DRM) and there might be restrictions on how many time you can access the article or it might expire after a certain date. When the document has DRM, the restrictions are stated in the email, as well as some instructions about browsers and for MAC users.
Note: ArticleReach articles are also stored and accessible via the 'ArticleReach Journal Requests' tab in your Borrowing Record.
Books can be collected from the hold shelf at your nominated library.
Some material cannot be taken out of the library. When this occurs we notify you prior to making the material available.
How do I renew my inter-library loan?
Please request renewals a few days before the due date by either:
- logging into Relais and clicking the 'Message' button at the bottom right of your request, or
- contacting Inter-library loans.
How do I cancel my inter-library loan?
You can cancel your inter-library loan by either:
- logging into Relais and clicking the 'Cancel' button at the bottom right of your request, or
- contacting Inter-library loans.
How do I get a copy of University of Melbourne thesis?
For information about purchasing a copy of a University of Melbourne Thesis go to https://library.unimelb.edu.au/collections/special-collections/rare-books/australiana/umtheses
How can I suggest material for the library to purchase?
If you would like to suggest new material for the library to purchase, send an email to email@example.com
Please select the appropriate form for the material you are requesting below:
Media (DVDs, kits, CDs)
Microform (microfilm and microfiche)
Journal article request form
*Unfortunately the journal article request form doesn't send you a confirmation email. Don't worry your request is being processed.
Paper forms for final year undergraduates doing research
Phone: (61+3) 8344 5388
Fax: (61+3) 8344 9588
Resource Sharing Team
The University of Melbourne
Feedback and Policy Enquiries
Resource Sharing Team Leader
Phone: (61+3) 8344 4031
Making a request
We accept loan and copy requests from libraries, commercial, and government organisations, within Australia and internationally. Most material held by The University of Melbourne Library can be requested. In many cases, 'not-for-loan' material can be copied on your behalf.
Requests for loans and copies from Australian and overseas libraries can be made via the following methods:
- Libraries Australia Document Delivery (LADD)
- OCLC WorldWorldShare Interlibrary Loan
- University of Melbourne direct request form Only registered libraries who do not participate in LADD or OCLC WorldShare should request via this link
All requests must comply with the Australian Copyright Act of 1968. If you require a copy of any material held by the University, please include this copyright statement on your request: "This request complies with S50 of the Copyright Act, 1968"
University of Melbourne theses
We do not lend our theses via inter-library loan however, you can get access to either free public access digital copies, or you can request to have a digital copy made of a hard copy thesis from our collection. We don't handle these requests but here is some advice on how to proceed.
The best way to work out how you can access a thesis is to check our online catalogue. When you look up a title and it is held in our institutional repository you will be able to connect to the record in the repository by clicking on the 'Connect to thesis' link.
Access varies depending on the specific thesis and the permission specified by the author. Thesis availability is indicated in the 'Access Status' field of the thesis record. The standard access messages include:
- Open Access - Access to the full text of this thesis is available online.
- Only available to University of Melbourne staff and students - Access to the full text of theses is only available to staff and students of the University of Melbourne.
- No attached file available - Access to the full text of this thesis is restricted. It can be viewed on a read-only basis within the Baillieu Reading Room on a specified device under Library staff supervision.
If the thesis you require is restricted in some way (i.e. not open access) you can request to read it in the Reading Room if that is an option for you. There is a yellow icon on the right-hand side of the catalogue record if you wish to request to read a thesis in the Reading Room.
If there is no public access version available you can request for a copy to be made for you at a cost of $100+GST per thesis.
Service levels and costs for Australian libraries
We supply items according to the Australian Inter-library Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code.
(processed within 4 days)
(processed within 24 hours)
(processed within 2 hours)
Photocopy Up to 50 pages $16.50 $33.00 $49.50 Additional 50 pages or part thereof $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 Loan Book or microform $16.50 $33.00
*You organise a courier to collect the item at your expense.
Please note - Express service is only offered for material from the Baillieu and Biomedical libraries.
Service levels and costs for overseas libraries
We supply to overseas libraries according to the IFLA International Resource Sharing and Document Delivery Principles and Guidelines.
Please allow between 2 and 4 weeks for delivery.
- for loans - $35.00 USD or 3 full IFLA vouchers.
- for copies - $18.00 USD or 1.5 IFLA vouchers.
Payments for requests made through OCLC WorldShare will be billed via OCLC IFM where possible. For requests made by all other methods we prefer payment in IFLA Vouchers, however, we will accept credit card, cheque or money order.