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Library Membership Policy

EBC Library Membership Policies and Procedures


1. Membership

  • Membership to the libraries of Eva Burrows College in Melbourne and Sydney is available to:
    • All students enrolled in any course of the college.
    • All Salvation Army officers, employees and Salvationists.
    • Community members.
  • Membership to one of the Eva Burrows Libraries allows you to borrow from both libraries.
  • Membership can be completed in person at either of the libraries, by email or online 
  • A library card or digital record of your membership number will be provided on completion of the membership forms.

2. Loan limits

  • 10 books can be borrowed for 2 weeks with 2 renewals (renewals are only permitted if the item is not on reserve)
  • Some titles are placed on Reserve which restricts the loan period to overnight.  These books can be borrowed in the last 30 minutes of when the library is open and must be returned by opening time the following morning. These titles cannot be renewed.
  • Unlimited loans are available for Academic staff. The Librarian has the authority to request the return of a title should it be reserved by another member.
  • Distance students can borrow 10 items for 4 weeks to accommodate posting and return (renewal only permitted if item is not on reserve)
  • Distance students cannot borrow Reserve (overnight loan titles)
  • Interlibrary loans (from external Libraries) are available and the length of this loan is determined by the lending library. Please discuss this option with the Librarians.
  • Periodicals, Reference books and some rare books are not available for loan but may be used in the library.
  • All students are encouraged to contact the Librarians to determine the best way to receive or access their required information from the library.

3. Borrowing conditions

  • Borrowing can only occur upon the completion of a Library membership form or upon presentation to the library of a University of Divinity (UoD) student card.
  • This UoD student card then acts as a library card and the data from this card is entered into the Libraries Management Systems as your membership, along with personal information such as mailing address, email address, mobile phone number.
  • A request for a title may be made in person at either Library, via inter-library loan (from an external Library), email or by telephone to the Librarians. 

 4. Responsibilities

  • Borrowed items must be returned or renewed on or before the due date.
  • Damaged or lost items must be paid for. These charges are based on the market value of the item, a postage charge is applicable and a processing charge of $20 per item.
  • Off-campus students may request items be dispatched by post. Postage costs should not exceed $15 or a maximum 3kgs and will be dispatched via Express post.  Return postage costs are the responsibility of the borrower and the books must be posted back to the lending library.
  • Any additional cost over $15 will be at the cost of the borrower as will its return postage.
  • A lost or stolen library card must be reported to the Librarian as you will be held responsible for any items borrowed on your library membership. A replacement card costs $5.
  • Parents are responsible for items borrowed by their children.  All children must be supervised whilst in the library.
  • The reference /study area of the library is to be observed for quiet study.
  • Eating is not permitted in the library however covered cups and water bottles are permitted.

5. Overdue notices

  • Overdue notices including reminder notices are delivered via email.
  • Overdue fines may be imposed. Fines are charged as follows –
    • 20 cents per day per item overdue for normal 2 week loans.
    • $1 per day per item for overnight loans.
    • Should an amount of $15 or more accrue the college will issue an invoice for payment, and your borrowing privileges will be suspended until payment is received.

6. Hours of opening

  • Melbourne library 9.00 – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Sydney library  8.30 – 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Evening opening hours will occur throughout Semester times, as the timetable requires.
  • Please check the homepage for the library you wish to visit for these hours as they can change with each Semester.

7. Electronic resources

University of Divinity (UoD)

  • University of Divinity students can access many electronic resources via the University of Divinity Library Hub :
  • The Hub incorporates a range of resources into a single search interface.  The full text of these resources is available on-site within both libraries by all students and Library Members
  • When away from the library, access to the full text of UoD Library Hub electronic resources is available only to UoD enrolled students.  The Library Hub can be accessed by those students at anytime by using your ARK login and password.

Sydney College of Divinity (SCD)

  • SCD students have remote access to the Full-Text Journal ATLAS Database provided by EBSCO and in excess of 6,000 EBSCO Ebooks which has been provided by subscription.
  • A username and password is required to access the EBSCO Electronic Resources, please call or email the Librarians for the required username and password.
  • SCD students can access these Electronic Resources via the Sydney Library Catalogue, using the default Federated Search option
  • A Federated search allows you to look for a range of resources that match your specified keywords; including books and Ebooks owned by the Sydney Library; The ATLAS Full-Text Theological Journal Database; The EBSCO Ebook Theology and Religion Subscription Collection (which includes 6,000+ titles)
  • The Sydney Library has been collecting Ebooks which are now owned by the Eva Burrows Libraries and are available for use by Library Members at both Sydney and Melbourne Libraries.
  • These Ebooks have all been added into the Sydney Library catalogue and can be located in the same way through the catalogue as you would search for a print book.
  • These EBooks have been supplied by 2 Ebook providers; EBSCO and ProQuest

EBSCO Ebooks

  • Eva Burrows Libraries own a number of EBSCO Ebooks which are not available in the UD Library Hub or the EBSCO Ebook Religion subscription Collection and can only be accessed directly through the Sydney library catalogue, via the Federated Search option.
  • You will be asked to provide EBSCO Log-in details.  
  • Please contact the Librarians for the EBSCO Username and Password.

ProQuest Ebooks

  • Eva Burrows Libraries own a number of ProQuest Ebooks which can be accessed directly but only through the Sydney library catalogue, via the Federated Search option.
  • You will be asked to request a ProQuest account. 
  • Please fill in your own log in details with a username and password and submit the online form. 
  • The library will receive your request for access and approve it for all registered Library Members. 
  • This is a once-off process and then you will have permanent access to the ProQuest Ebooks.

8. Facilities and Services

  • Library computers – users must comply with all Eva Burrows College policies regarding acceptable use of this equipment and adhere to The Salvation Army Official Minute on Internet Usage.
  • Guest WiFi password is available from Library staff or Reception.
  • Photocopying, printing and scanning is available from the library photocopier.
  • Photocopying is A4 only and is 10 cents per page. 
  • The Melbourne and Sydney library photocopiers operate on different payment methods.  Please talk to the library staff of the library you are using to understand the operating method.
  • Scanning is free of charge. 
  • All photocopying and scanning must adhere to the legal requirements of the Copyright Act 1968.
  • Scanning, within the limits of the Copyright Act can be requested via the submission of an online scanning form
  • We are able to scan the contents pages and index, to assist your choice of relevant pages.  

The Eva Burrows Library Membership Policy is correct as of 12 December 2017. The College reserves the right to change at any time without notice any information stored on this server.