Subject materials service

In response to COVID-19, Swinburne Library is closed and we have paused face-to-face services. Our online collections are available 24/7 via the library website at and our librarians are still here to help you. Contact us at or call 1300 794 628.

The subject materials service makes readings and other resources available directly to your students in Canvas and through search the library. Online items are made available by authorised link. Print items are placed on short-term loan.

Why should I use it?

  • Online resources are subject to copyright law that requires all third-party copyright text-based materials (such as book chapters and journal articles) used for teaching to be registered centrally through the subject materials service.
  • Books and DVDs can reach more students through short-term loan. 

How does it work?

1. Submit a request

Reading list
Attach your reading list. 
Include the week in the semester each reading is required.

Single item

2. Receive links

We send you a list of links you can paste into Blackboard/Canvas.

3. Access items

  • You can link to items directly from Blackboard/Canvas
  • Search the library by unit code, for example PSY10003
  • Borrow hard copies on short-term loan.

Need help?

Email or phone 1300 794 628.

Contact a liaison librarian. Liaison librarians work with staff to help find, evaluate and reference relevant resources for teaching and research.