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WA university students & staff – pre COVID info

Important information

  • Your University ID card will be your Curtin Library card.
  • Your membership is personal, non-transferable and will expire on the 28 February of the following year. Membership may be renewed by completing the online registration form.
  • The Library will assign you a user ID and password.
  • The Library’s full range of databases is not available to WA university students and staff because of licence constraints.
  • It is an important condition of use that WA university students and staff only use Library electronic resources for personal research or educational use (not as a substitute for employers or businesses obtaining access to these resources).

Library services

WA university students and staff have access to a variety of Library services and facilities:

Borrowing material from Library collections

  • You may only borrow items in person.
  • There is no limit on the number of books that can be borrowed.
  • If your Library items are requested by another borrower, you will be advised of the due date by email. You may incur a fine for not returning a requested book.
  • Books may be requested through the Library Catalogue, even if they are on loan. An availability notification will be sent when the item is ready for you to collect.
  • Use your Curtin Library ID number and password to access your Borrower Information.
  • Find out more about notifications and fines.

Electronic resources

  • Some electronic databases can be accessed from Library computers. To access databases available onsite, visit the Databases page and filter by group Databases for onsite use.
  • Access to additional electronic databases (including PubMed) via the Databases page is available. Select filter by group Databases for guest use.
  • Not all e-Books are available for viewing due to licence restrictions.

Computers and facilities

  • To use the Library computers, sign in as a Curtin visitor. You can then use your library ID to access the Library Catalogue. Other Microsoft applications are also available for use.
  • Students and staff from other WA universities may use the eduroam wifi network.
  • Students and staff from other WA universities are welcome to use individual study spaces in the library during full service hours.
  • Photocopiers and printers are available in all campus libraries. Community members will need to register for a guest printing account in order to use Library printing facilities.


To avoid fines:

    • Check your university emails for Library notifications;
    • Check your Borrower Information for due dates of items and return items on or before the due date;
    • Please note that overdue recalled items attract a daily fine until returned.

If you do not pay fines you have incurred you may be blocked from borrowing at Curtin Library and your own university’s library. If an item is not returned, Curtin Library will bill your home library for the replacement cost of the item plus an administration cost. Once this has happened you will be required to reimburse to your own library any amounts paid on your behalf.

Specialist services for clients with disabilities

The Library aims to provide specialist services, facilities and equipment to students and staff from other WA universities with disabilities and/or medical conditions. from other libraries in the scheme. Students and staff who need this assistance should register with the Equity Office of their home institution.