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Services: Borrowing

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For details on the location and opening hours of all our TAFE NSW Libraries please click on the relevant location tab.

Reciprocal Borrowing

Currently enrolled TAFE NSW students living in another state and able to visit a member library may be eligible to participate in the National Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme.  This is a free service.  Please contact your local TAFE NSW Library or Ask a Librarian first for assistance. You will need a current TAFECard to access this service.

Partner Libraries

Several TAFE NSW Libraries are located or affiliated with other educational or government institutions. If you are a student enrolled at a location with a joint-use facility you may be able to access the resources owned by the other institution. 

Contact your local library for more details. 

Campus               Catalogue                                              Borrowing conditions

CHEC*                 CHEC catalogue                                      CHEC Library

Ourimbah            University of Newcastle catalogue           Borrow


*CHEC - Coffs Harbour Education Campus

Services Available to the Community

Those not currently studying with or working for TAFE NSW may be able to access some library services with an Associate Borrower membership. Examples of those who may be eligible to join include members of the local community and ex-students.


  • These may vary at each library location depending on the size and facilities available. Services are restricted to the library where you join
  • Loan of some types of resources
  • Reference assistance from library staff


  • Registration fees apply based on the length of membership required
  • A deposit may be payable at some locations

Please note:

  • This service may not be available at all TAFE NSW Libraries.

Contact your local library for more details. 

Coming Soon - Library Email Notices for all

Library notices are going paperless!

  • Soon all students will receive library notices by email
  • Check that your preferred email address is correctly recorded in the Learning Portal
  • If you would like to start receiving notices via email before your record is updated, please ask library staff
  • For any loans that are longer than 3 days, you will now receive a handy emailed reminder to return your items on time or to request a renewal

Resource Scanning Service

Sometimes you may only need a few pages of an available TAFE NSW library resource. Library staff can provide you with a scan for personal study purposes.

To use this service please contact:

Please note:

  • The resource scan will be sent to you via your TAFE NSW email address.
  • You will need to provide the details of the resource and the chapter/pages/article you would like to have copied.
  • The amount we can copy for you across all TAFE NSW Libraries from a single title is restricted by Australian copyright law. Generally, this will be 10% or one chapter or article.

Loan Conditions

Material Type                   Loan period for students              Loan period for staff

Books                                2 weeks                                           4 weeks

Serial issues                      2 weeks                                           4 weeks

DVDs                                 2 weeks                                           4 weeks

Other AV                            2 weeks                                           4 weeks

(inc. CDs and videos) 

Loan Limits

Students can borrow up to a total of 10 items

Your Loans


  • You can visit any TAFE NSW Library to borrow an item.
  • Ring or email ahead to have the item waiting for you to collect.


  • If you can't return your items, please contact the lending library to discuss your options.
  • You can return in person or via external return chutes if available. Details of external return chutes including open times are available on each library's contact page.
  • You can return items to any open TAFE NSW Library.


  • You can renew an item up to 3 times as long as it is not overdue and no one else has asked for it.
  • Renew online, over the phone or by email.

Inter-Library Loans

TAFE NSW students and staff have access to resources across the Library Network. Resources related to a learner's currently enrolled course or a staff member's work can be requested on inter-library loan from another TAFENSW Library and collected from your closest library location.

Please allow up to one week in the post for the resource to arrive and ensure you return or request a renewal before the item is due.

Renewing Items and Placing Holds

Place holds or renew your library items at My Account. Note: Items available for renewal can be renewed before midnight on the day they are due. 

Log in with your TAFEcard barcode and your library PIN. For more information contact your local library.



You can also renew your items or place items on hold by phone or in person - just contact your local library. Please have your TAFEcard ready.

Please see loan conditions box above for more details on renewal limits.

Returning Items

You can return your items either in person in the library or via the return chutes provided. 

For opening hours or details on out of hour returns, please contact your local library.

Library Fines and Penalties

All libraries in TAFE NSW impose fines for late return of items. You will be suspended from library services including borrowing from all TAFE NSW libraries. Your result notices and testamurs will be blocked until all outstanding items are returned and any fines paid.

For more details contact your local library.