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Library services for High School Students

About the UoN Open Door Borrowing Program

The University of Newcastle Library offers 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 University of Newcastle 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 Convocation Members.
For more information about membership options see the information for External Users

How do I join?

1. Pick up a form from any of the University Library Loans desks 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 Loans desk 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 licence 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 will be able to access most 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 until the item is returned, borrowing privileges cease when fines exceed $10. Items can be renewed once, unless item is reserved, at any Loans desk or online. More information about renewing.

Can I place a hold on items in the library?

A maximum of 10 itmes maybe 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


Borrowing  suspended when:


 High School

 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


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

 No access to:

  • Online resources
  • BONUS+

More Information?                                                                            

For more information please contact:

Amanda Valent
Phone: 02 4921 6456





UoN Open Door Borrowers Application Form


Walk in access

Walk-in Users -  a Guide to Electronic Resources (PDF)

A guide to electronic resource access for external users.


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    Contact the Library

    Ask the Library

    Email, text, or chat

    By Phone

    Auchmuty (02) 49215851

    City Campus (02) 49218880

    Huxley (02) 49216453

    Ourimbah (02) 43484023

    In Person

    At one of our Libraries


    Library Tours

    Interested in a tour of the Library?

    Library tours can be organised on request

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