High Use Collection

Types of loan options for your subjects

When requesting items to be added for your subject, you have the option to select if it is either a prescribed reading or a recommended reading.

  • Prescribed readings: The library will purchase a set amount based on the number of students in your subject. The library will use a ratio to ensure a mix of two-hour and overnight loans are available for students.
  • Recommended readings: The library will purchase two copies (one prescribed and one recommended). More information of specific loan options are below:

How is the library changing? To maximise access for students, the library will purchase ebooks as the preferred format for textbooks and recommended readings when available. Ebooks provide our students with 24/7 convenience – giving them access to resources when they need it most.

  • Two-hour and Three-hour loans
    • A maximum of 2 two-hour loan items can be borrowed at any one time
    • Cannot be requested (placed on hold) when on loan
    • Not renewable; $100 maximum fine for late return
    • Due to their restrictive nature, two-hour loans are best used only when many students will need to access a prescribed text within a short period.
  • Overnight Loans
    • Cannot be requested (placed on hold) when on loan
    • Not renewable; $100 maximum fine for late return
  • Seven-Day Week Loans
    • Can be placed on hold
    • Renewable: $15 maximum fine for late return
    • Shelved in the general collection

Reading Packs

If you would like us to add a reading pack to the High Use Collection as a two-hour loan, please bring a copy to your relevant faculty or school library branch.

Placing textbooks and recommended readings for your students

Please click on the relevant faculty discipline groups to be linked to the online form to request high use items. These forms will be sent to the relevant high use co-ordinators for each faculty library.

  • Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact apb-highuse@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Faculty of Arts

    Please fill our this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact  Baillieu-HighUse@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Faculty of Business and Economics

    Please fill our this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact business-economics-library@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact southbank-highuse@unimelb.edu.au and  include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact biosciences-highuse@unimelb.edu.au and  include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Faculty of Science

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact highuse-erc@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

    This includes any subject from Melbourne School of Computing and Information Systems.

  • Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact biosciences-highuse@unimelb.edu.au and  include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact education-highuse@unimelb.edu.au and  include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Melbourne Law School

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact law-library@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.

  • Melbourne School of Engineering

    Please fill out this online form for your Textbook and Recommended Readings or contact highuse-erc@unimelb.edu.au and include 'High Use [subjectcode]' in Subject Line.