Frequently asked questions

How many books am I entitled to borrow and for how long?

Can I borrow periodicals?

What are the fines for overdue books?

Does my DML borrower's card allow me to borrow anywhere else?

Can I get access to the internet in the library?

Can I connect my notebook computer to the internet?

Is printing available in the library?

Where are the copiers?

What do I need to operate them?

How much do photocopies cost?

How do I get access to the online periodicals and databases?

Is there any help available in using the databases?

Is there anywhere in the library to hold a conversation or meeting?

Are there any special facilities for postgraduate students?

Can I return books after hours?

Are bags allowed into the library?

Where are the toilets?

What system do you use for the classification of your books? It isn't Dewey.

Where are the periodicals?

Is my membership automatically renewed when I re-enrol with the University of Divinity?

How many books am I entitled to borrow and for how long? The standard entitlement is 20 books for 14 days. Researchers (as classified by us) may borrow 30 for 28 days. Short term loans may only be borrowed overnight or for 7 days (or 21 days in the case of online students).

Can I borrow periodicals? No. Periodicals along with items from various special collections, and the Reference collection are not for loan.

What are the fines for overdue books? Fines accumulate at the rate of 20 cents per day from the due date for standard loans, 40 cents a day for 7 day loans and $3 per day for Reserve items.

Does my DML borrower's card allow me to borrow anywhere else? Borrowers with full membership of the Library ()ask at the Loans desk) or research students of the University of Divinity:  you are able to borrow from The University of Melbourne Library under a special arrangements that exist between the DML and The University. If you would like to use The University of Melbourne Libraries, you should ask for a letter of introduction at the Loans Desk. All University of Divinity students and staff have borrowing rights at all of the libraries operating within the University of Divinity: eg., Mannix Library, Whitley College Library, St Paschal Library, Stirling College Library.

Can I get access to the Internet in the library? The Internet is available at all library terminals and PCs.

Can I connect my notebook computer to the internet? Yes, at any of the data points adjacent to the tables and carrels on the ground, first and second floors, that are marked with a green spot; or via a wireless network which is available throughout the building. Ask at the loans desk for the password for the wireless network. A brochure on our IT services is also available at the loans desk.

Is printing available in the library? Yes. Please collect a brochure on our pinting service at the loans desk.

Where are the copiers? There is one on the ground floor, and two on the second. All do A4 black and white copying. The copier on the Ground Floor does A3 and colour as well. You can scan and send the PDF to yourself by email from the ground floor copier and one other copier on level 2. Scans are free.

What do I need to operate them? You will need to purchase one of our three copy cards at the loans desk.

Card type Value on the card Purchase price Renewal price
A $12.00 $13.50 $12.00
B $6.00 $7.50 $6.00
C $1.20 $2.00 N.A.

How much do photocopies cost?

  A4 A3
Black & white $0.12 $0.20
Colour $0.90 $1.80

How do I get access to the online periodicals and databases? Any of the databases on the Online Resources pages are available at terminals in the Library building. Certain borrowers have access to Library databases from home by using their Library user ID (the last 5 digits of their barcode number) and PIN (their postcode, normally). UD faculty and students have access to UDHub resources by using their TAMS or ARK login.

Is there any help available in using the databases? Certainly. Please call the library and ask for an appointment with a member of staff for a tutorial in the use of the databases of interest to you. From time to time the library offers classes in the popular databases. These are advertised on this site.

Is there anywhere in the library to hold a conversation or meeting? The meeting room on the second floor is for student discussions or meetings. If you would like to ensure it is available at a particular time, you may organize a booking with a member of staff. The meeting room on the ground floor can also be booked.

Are there any special facilities for postgraduate students? Please refer to our page on the Postgraduate Room.

Can I return books after hours? There is an external chute near the entrance.

Are bags allowed into the library? Yes.

Where are the toilets? At the southern ends of Levels 1 and 2, and, on the ground floor, to the left of the Sage and Grace Cafe.

What system do you use for the classification of your books? It isn't Dewey. It is a system devised at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, first published in the 1930s, and sometimes named for its chief architect, Julia Pettee. It was created to deal with theological books and so has many advantages over alternative schemes, but libraries which use it have to keep it up to date themselves, unlike e.g., Dewey libraries, for which new classifications are regularly authorized.

Where are the periodicals? The most current issue is put on display on the ground floor display shelves for up to two weeks and afterwards is placed in the unbound periodicals shelves also on the ground floor. Bound volumes are located on Level 2.

Is my membership automatically renewed when I re-enrol with the University of Divinity? The library's borrower file has to be updated manually, so we ask all of our borrowers to initiate the renewal of their library profiles themselves with Library staff.