Find out what you can borrow, loan periods and limits, renewals and fines.


Loan period

Item limit



Books 2 weeks 30 Yes $0.75 per day
Periodicals 2 weeks 10 Yes $0.75 per day
Short term loans 2 - 7 days 30 Yes $0.75 per day
Reserve 4 hours 4 No $1.50 per hour
DVDs 2 weeks 10 Yes $0.75 per day
Laptops and equipment 4 - 48 hours 1 No $1.50 per hour

How to borrow 

  • You must present your Swinburne ID card to borrow
  • Students can borrow a maximum of 30 items
  • Staff and higher degree research students are eligible for up to 28 day loans
  • To borrow books, go to a self check-out machine or the library service desk
  • Go to the service desk to borrow laptops, adaptive and other equipment.

How to renew

  • All items, except those in high demand, those requested by other users or where the maximum borrowing time has been reached, are automatically renewed before the due date.
  • You still have the option to renew loans from My Account or in person at any campus library or by phone during opening hours (+61 3 9214 8330).
  • There are no renewals for equipment or four-hour loans.
  • There are no renewals if you have overdue items or you have over $10 in fines.
  • Log into My Account to check your current loans, requests and fines. 

How to return

  • Return your items in the return chutes inside or outside the library
  • For after-hours returns use the outside return chutes (excluding Wantirna)
  • Return items via post to: Swinburne Library, PO Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 3122