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Interlibrary Loan: Request items from other libraries

Request here!

If after searching the library catalogue and Google Scholar, you still can't find the resource you want, submit an interlibrary loan request here.

Interlibrary Loan Request

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



Can request course related items not held by the library.


Only items to be used for teaching or research purposes can be requested.

Borrow from another library

Melbourne Polytechnic students and staff can borrow books from other university or TAFE library that participates in CAVAL (reciprocal borrowing).

Simply bring your current student or staff card to another library and request to borrow books through CAVAL.


NOTE: Students must be enrolled in Certificate IV or higher with a course duration of at least one year to participate in CAVAL.

What is an Interlibrary Loan?

If you can't get an item through the Melbourne Polytechnic Library you can request an interlibrary loan.

  • Fill in the form and we request a copy from other academic and public libraries in Australia.
  • Journal articles and scanned book chapters are emailed to you.
  • Books are delivered to your chosen MP campus library.

Request through library search results

  1. Use Findit@ to search the library collection.
  1. Check your results and expand the search. Under the search bar select All filters and then unselect At my library. The results will now include items that are not available in the library collection.


  1. If an item or the full text article is not available, then under Access options the Request this item through interlibrary loan option will appear. 

  1. Fill in the form, information about the item you want will have been prefilled. 

Google Scholar

Many journal articles are available for free through libraries and institutional repositories. Before requesting an interlibrary loan check if it is available through Google Scholar. 


Set up Library Links

  1. Open Google Scholar and click the menu button (three horizontal lines) at the top left. Select Settings:

Google Scholar - Library links


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



  1. Your Google Scholar search results will now include links to full-text articles that are available through FindIt@ MP library.