Choose an author/title loan for your students

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Secondary schools and composite schools (secondary year levels) can order individual author/title loans at any time of the year to support student learning. The online loan request form calls these requests 'individual items'.

  • What's an 'author/title' loan or request?

    The National Library offers 2 types of author/title orders:

    • secondary school author/title loans — individual loans for secondary schools and composite schools (secondary year levels) available at any time of the year to support student learning
    • whole-school author/title requests — orders that are part of your whole-school loan and available to all schools (including secondary).

    Loan coordinators — let teachers know about author/title orders

    Let your teachers know they can order individual titles to support their teaching. Set up a process where they can tell you the titles they need.

  • What's an 'author/title' loan or request?

    The National Library offers 2 types of author/title orders:

    • secondary school author/title loans — individual loans for secondary schools and composite schools (secondary year levels) available at any time of the year to support student learning
    • whole-school author/title requests — orders that are part of your whole-school loan and available to all schools (including secondary).

    Loan coordinators — let teachers know about author/title orders

    Let your teachers know they can order individual titles to support their teaching. Set up a process where they can tell you the titles they need.

  • Collections and issue periods for secondary school loans

    You can borrow items from the Schools Lending Collection or the National Library Collections (General), provided a borrowing copy is available when our librarians prepare your loan.

    National Library Catalogue — Search under 'Schools Lending Collection' or 'National Library Collections' (look for items listed with 'General Collection' in the Available at field).

    Items from the Schools Lending Collection are issued for 2 terms. Items from the National Library Collections (General) have a loan period of 5 weeks. Their due dates are listed on the printout that comes with your loan.

    Note that your school will be charged a replacement fee for any lost books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General).

  • Collections and issue periods for secondary school loans

    You can borrow items from the Schools Lending Collection or the National Library Collections (General), provided a borrowing copy is available when our librarians prepare your loan.

    National Library Catalogue — Search under 'Schools Lending Collection' or 'National Library Collections' (look for items listed with 'General Collection' in the Available at field).

    Items from the Schools Lending Collection are issued for 2 terms. Items from the National Library Collections (General) have a loan period of 5 weeks. Their due dates are listed on the printout that comes with your loan.

    Note that your school will be charged a replacement fee for any lost books borrowed from the National Library Collections (General).

  • Our digital resources can also support students

    Digital resources, such as EPIC and our prototype Topic Explorer, can be effective complements to your loans.

    Digital resources and guides

  • Our digital resources can also support students

    Digital resources, such as EPIC and our prototype Topic Explorer, can be effective complements to your loans.

    Digital resources and guides

  • Request a secondary author/title loan

    How to request a loan — quick guide for loan coordinators has more information about how to request these loans.

  • Request a secondary author/title loan

    How to request a loan — quick guide for loan coordinators has more information about how to request these loans.

  • Whole-school author/title requests

    Schools can order up to 5 individual author/titles as part of their whole-school inquiry or reading engagement loan. These items come from the Schools Lending Collection and have the same issue period as the whole-school loan.

    Plan your inquiry loan

    Plan your reading engagement loan

  • Whole-school author/title requests

    Schools can order up to 5 individual author/titles as part of their whole-school inquiry or reading engagement loan. These items come from the Schools Lending Collection and have the same issue period as the whole-school loan.

    Plan your inquiry loan

    Plan your reading engagement loan

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What you can borrow

What you can borrow The number of resources your school can borrow is determined by the size of your school roll. The resources that are available also depends on demand. Find out more about what your school can borrow from us.

Return books and resources at the end of their loan period

Returning books and resources ​Find out when to return books and resources.