Delivery times of book chapters and journal articles may be slower during peak periods.
Delivery of items may be impacted by postal delays due to COVID-19. Requests for items which are currently out on loan may also be delayed until these items are returned.
Searching for online books, journal articles, case studies, and monographs?
Search our collections to see if the library has an online version.
- Google Scholar - directly access resources when searching in Google by setting up search tools such as Lean Library.
- Discovery – search our collection for books, journals, images, articles and multimedia. Items can be placed on hold or requested via Discovery.
- Catalogue - search our collection of books, ebooks, maps, media
- Databases A-Z - lists all Unimelb Libraries databases. Search the list or filter it by database subject, type or vendor.
- eJournals A-Z - lists all Unimelb Libraries electronic journals. The list of e-journals is searchable.
- Institutional Repository - contains digital versions of research outputs from the staff and students of the University of Melbourne.
- Digitised Collections - contains digital images drawn from the University’s extensive collections of original materials.
- University of Melbourne Archives - is one of Australia’s largest research archives, open to all.
Searching for online videos?
The library has subscriptions to streaming video services, Kanopy and EduTV. Content in these services can be viewed remotely and embedded in Canvas LMS for students.
Kanopy contains a broad range of streamed video, including lots of independent films.
EduTV has 50,000+ broadcast programs from free-to-air and pay TV channels in Australia.
Two ways you can access content:
- If you have a specific title in mind, search for it in the Library catalogue and follow the link through to the streaming video.
- Search for either ‘Kanopy’ or ‘EduTV’ in the Library catalogue, and click through to browse for content within the service.
Other video databases are also available which focus on news, performances, short films, children’s stories, and a range of other educational content.
Searching for online audio music and spoken word?
Other databases are available offering streaming audio services.
Searching for etextbooks to make available to students for purchase?
Etextbooks are textbooks and readings that are accessible in digital formats. The library has a subscription to the perusal platform that allows etextbooks to be made available for student purchase through Canvas LMS: Find out more.
What if material you have searched for is not available online?
The library has several options to help.
- If you are a university student or staff member, and unable to attend campus, material from our print collections can still be requested for delivery via the library catalogue. Once you've found the item you need, click the 'request' button and provide the required information to request:
- a digital copy of an article from our print journal collection
- a print book be mailed to you (exception - any item currently in our High Use collections or items from Dookie and Creswick campuses)
Although high use material cannot be mailed to you or transferred between libraries, chapters from this material can still be provided (subject to copyright).
If unable to lodge requests via the catalogue, retrievals can be organised via the request scholarly materials form.
- If you are a university student or staff member you can access material from the University of Melbourne Archives or Special Collections in the Baillieu Library Reading Room by appointment.
- Or you can explore the options on this page to identify online readings. If the University doesn’t have the material you need electronically or in our print collections, you can ask a librarian to investigate other options, including:
- Requesting material from another library on your behalf
- Ordering an electronic copy from the publishers for the library collection, or negotiating with publishers to make an online copy temporarily available to you.
Also, as an academic or student, you may want to use online collaborative tools like Mendeley, ResearchGate or Academia to connect to authors to see if they will share material with you.