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Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: Request items from other libraries


If you can't find an item at Melbourne Polytechnic Library:

  • Request an interlibrary loan and document delivery from public and academic libraries in Australia. The item is delivered to your campus library. Journal articles and documents are emailed to you.
  • Suggest that the item be purchased by Melbourne Polytechnic Library.
  • Go to any university or TAFE library that participates in reciprocal borrowing (CAVAL). Bring your current student or staff card to start borrowing items.


The interlibrary loan and document delivery service is currently free for staff and students. Melbourne Polytechnic Library pays for the costs on your behalf.

Reciprocal borrowing (CAVAL) is free for staff and students who are enrolled in Certificate IV or higher with a course duration of at least one year.

How to request an item

1. Search Melbourne Polytechnic Library:

Find books, articles and more from a single search box:

2. Expand your search. On the left, find the Refine Results column. Click the X to remove Available in Library Collection:
Available in library collection
3. Browse the search results and select an item. If the item or the full text article is not available, this link will appear:

Search library resources and open access repositories with Google Scholar

1. Search with Google Scholar:

Google Scholar Search

2. Click the menu button (three horizontal lines) at the top left. Select Settings:

Google Scholar menu


3. Select Library links on the left. Type Melbourne Polytechnic in the search box and press Enter. Tick Melbourne Polytechnic - FindIt@ and click Save:

Google Scholar - Library links


Your Google Scholar search results will now include links to full text articles in the right column:

If you still can't find the item...

After searching the library and the internet, use the request form:

Contact the interlibrary loan librarian

Beverley Wallace's picture
Beverley Wallace
Epping Campus Library

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