Borrowing for Distance Students

Borrowing Limits

Distance students may borrow up to 25 items for 28 days. Please note that the loan period will be calculated from the time we issue the material to you, not from the time you receive the material.

When making a request, please allow at least five days for processing. Unfortunately, we will be unable to fill any last-minute requests. When filling in request forms please be sure to mark the not needed after box so we have an idea of how long to search for the information you require.
Please prioritise items on your request list and request more than you actually require in case some are not available.

Requesting books and articles from Avondale Libraries

Please use the Distance Learning Loan Requests to borrow books or the Digitisation Request for book chapters or articles to be digitised and sent via email.

If you have any queries, please contact the library .

The library will pay the outward postage for any book requests; the cost of the return postage is the responsibility of the student. To minimise damage, please return all loaned material in padded bags by the due date.

Before you request an article, please check if it is available through the databases. Check the name of the journal through Journal Titles A-Z to find out which database publishes articles from the journal.

Journal articles not held in the databases will be emailed to you.

Requesting articles from other libraries

To request articles not available from the Avondale Libraries please use the Interlibrary Loan request form.
Please note this service is only available for postgrad students & faculty members.

Renewal of Loans

Loans may be renewed once as long as the material is not overdue and as long as it has not been requested by someone else.
Renewal requests can be made by:-
  • phoning during library hours before the due date (02) 4980 2257
  • emailing the library before the due date
  • renewing items yourself using My Library Record in PrimoSearch before the due date. See instructions below.

Using My Library Record

Go to PrimoSearch

  • Click Sign In (Top right of the page)
  • The user ID is 'av' plus the student number on your ID card (eg av074621).
  • Your PIN is the day and month of your birthday (eg 2 May = 0205).
  • Click My Library Record
  • Always click Sign Out after accessing your details to maintain your privacy.

To View what you have on loan
  • Click on My Library Record in the upper menu bar.
  • Click on Loans to view a list of items you have on loan. Make sure you have the orange My Account button clicked.
  • You can also view any Holds you may have placed, or view your Fines and Fees if items are overdue.

To renew your loans. (Overdue items cannot be renewed.)
Click on Renew or Renew All on the far right of the screen.

To view your loan history
Click on Loans History (Blue button above your book records) to view a record of the items you have borrowed previously.

To request an item which is currently on loan
  • Search and find the item in PrimoSearch.
  • Click on Availability.
  • Sign In as outlined above (If you have already signed in to access other details, this step is not necessary.)
  • Click on Hold and fill in the details
  • Click Request. You will receive an email when the item is returned.

View the Tutorial (Takes only 90 seconds)

Overdue Loans

Overdue items will accrue fines. Because postal delays may occur, the date the item is posted will be used to determine whether an item is overdue.

Please note: No further requests will be filled while any items are overdue or any fines unpaid.
As payment for fines the library will accept:
  • personal cheques or money orders made out to Avondale University
  • credit card payment.

To pay by credit card, please return a completed Library Remittance Form

To pay by credit card, Online Payments - Library


To request an item which is currently on loan
  • Search and find the item in PrimoSearch
  • Click on Availability.
  • Sign In as outlined above (If you have already signed in to access other details, this step is not necessary)
  • Click on Hold and fill in the details
  • Click Request

You will receive an email letting you know when the item has been returned.


It may be necessary on occasions for the library to request that you return a book before it would normally be due back. Fines will apply if the book is not returned as requested.

Borrowing from other libraries

It may be of benefit to your study to utilise other educational institutions within your area. A letter indicating your membership of Avondale Library may be provided on request to support a membership application.