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Library Services: Introduction

Student Card

All students and staff  must have their ID cards to use library services

Library Services

Information Skills & Library Training

Library staff assist students with a range of questions about library services, information skills (sourcing, evaluating, organising and referencing) and other functions of the library as described below.

Liaison Librarians communicate on library-related matters to staff within Melbourne Polytechnic's teaching departments and deliver information skills training sessions to classes. Liaison Librarians will adapt training sessions to suit your classroom needs. 


The free CAVAL program allows Melbourne Polytechnic students and staff to borrow from other Victorian university and TAFE libraries. To obtain a CAVAL card, just visit a participating library and present your Melbourne Polytechnic student or staff card. Use your CAVAL card to borrow from any participating library. 

To be eligible for a CAVAL Card, Melbourne Polytechnic students must be studying a course of 12 months duration and Cert IV or above.

Click here for a list of CAVAL participating libraries.

As ​​the CAVAL program is reciprocal with other Victorian tertiary Institutions, students from these institutes follow a similiar process and set of borrower guidelines.

Interlibrary Loan

  • Request resources from other libraries in Australia to be delivered to your Melbourne Polytechnic campus.
  • This service is free for higher education students and Melbourne Polytechnic staff.
  • $16.50 per ILL request for VET students.
  • Priority delivery is an extra fee for all requests.
  • Interlibrary loans can be placed through the Findit@ catalogue. If you cannot find your resource with Findit@ or it isn’t freely available online you can fill in an Interlibrary Loan Request Form.


Connect wirelessly to the internet anywhere on campus, with any device, for free!

Simply select the ‘wifi@mp’ network, type 's' and your student number and then your password.

Staff can login with their Melbourne Polytechnic username and password.

Click here for help with setting up WiFi.


Each campus library has PCs and some have Macs with full internet access and a range of software available for use.

Click here to book a PC.

Click here for a list of software available on library computers.

Printing/ Photocopying

Black and white:

  • A4 – 8 cents per page
  • A3 – 15 cents per page


  • A4 – 15 cents per page
  • A3 – 30 cents per page

You need your ID card to use the printer.

Add credit to your ID card via http://papercut:9191/user while you are at one of our campuses. Credit card online transaction required. See here for details


Scan documents on the photocopier and send them directly to your email.


Available at Preston, Prahran, Epping, and Fairfield.  Heidelberg, Greensborough and Collingwood students can purchase binding to be delivered to a campus with this service. There is a 48 turnaround on delivery.

  • $2.50 for documents up to 100 pages.
  • $3.50 for documents over 100 pages.

Price includes a clear front cover and cardboard back cover.


Available at Preston, Prahran, Epping, and Fairfield.

  • A4 - $2 per page
  • A3 - $3 per page

Equipment for Loan

Availability varies by campus.

  • Laptops
  • Board games
  • Calculators
  • CD players
  • Sporting equipment

Adding credit to your student account

Papercut Login main page

Login to http://papercut:9191/user

Details of your papercut account

Select Account Top up

Password verification page

For security of your account you will be asked to verify your password

top up choice box

You current balance is displayed.

top up choice box with currency values

Select a top up amount from $1 to $50 but remember credit is not refundable or able to be used for any other purpose

Your email address is already filled in but highlighted fields MUST be filled in to proceed.

Enter your credit/debit card details and press continue.


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