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Guide for library resources available to high school students

About the UON Open Door borrowing program

The Open Door Borrowing Program at UON

The University of Newcastle Libraries offer local secondary school students the opportunity to get a head start on tertiary studies by joining the University Library. School students can borrow from the University collections and use online resources while on campus. The UON Library gives students access to over one million books. For more information about what items can be borrowed from the University of Newcastle Libraries please refer to the What can I borrow? table featured at the end of this page.

So whether you're working on school assignments, studying for the HSC, or just looking for a good book to read, save yourself some research time and head to one of the University of Newcastle libraries.

Who can join?
Year 7-12 secondary school students.

Teachers may join the Library as Community, Corporate, or Alumni Members.
For more information about membership options see the information for External Users

How do I join?
1. Pick up a form from any UON Library or download the application form from the box below
2. Fill in your details and have your parent/guardian sign the form
3. Return the form to the UON Library for payment by EFTPOS or credit card, or fax the form with credit card details to Lending Services on (02) 4921 5833
Please note - we cannot accept cash.

Will I be able to use the Internet?
No. Due to our license agreement the Library is only able to provide Internet access to staff and students of the University.

Can I use the Library's online journals and databases?
While you are on any of the University of Newcastle campuses you can access some of our collection of online journals and databases.

What happens if I do not return an item by the due date?
Fines are charged at $2 per item for the first day overdue, increasing by 50c each day until the item is returned, borrowing privileges cease when fines exceed $10. Items can be renewed once, unless item is reserved, at any UON Library or online. More information about renewing.

Can I place a hold on items in the library?
A maximum of 10 items may be placed on hold and these will be held for collection for 5 days. This includes items currently out on loan, located at another campus library, or available in closed stack.

What can I borrow?

Borrower type


No. of items Loan Period Fines Borrowing suspended when: Other

High School Students

Patron type 55

$22 per calendar year

30 books

15 audiovisual items (e.g. kits, CDs, DVDs)

2 weeks (unless otherwise stated in Library Catalogue)

1 renewal

Yes Over $10 owed, or an item more than 14 days late

No access to:

  • Online resources
  • BONUS+


More information?
For more information please contact:
Anthony O'Brien

Open Door Application Form

Contact Us

Interested in a tour of the Library?

To request a tour please send an e-mail to:

Auchmuty/Huxley Libraries (Callaghan Campus)

Anthony O'Brien
Learning and Teaching Librarian
Ph: (02) 4921 6456

Ourimbah Library

Ruth Massey
Learning and Teaching Librarian
Ph: (02) 4348 4269

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