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University Library Orientation Guide

Semester 2, 2021

Welcome to the Library

Our friendly staff and Librarians are here to support you during your time at Murdoch University. From finding the right resources for assignments to helping you with referencing, our goal is to ensure your study success.

Let’s start with the TOP 5 things you should know about the Library.

Take a tour of the Library



What you'll find at our libraries

Study spaces

Like a bit of noise or enjoy working in groups? Choose a Buzz study zone. Prefer studying by yourself in peace and quiet? Then you’ll love our Silent study zones. Look for the signs when in the Library.

You can also book a study room at the Geoffrey Bolton Library for group work.

24 hour access

Did you know you can access the Geoffrey Bolton Library 24 hours a day? Use your Murdoch ID card to swipe in via the Level 2 entrance near the ECL courtyard.

After hours access to the Veterinary Library is available to current Veterinary Science students and staff only.


If you don’t have your own computer, you can use one of ours! We've got more than 200 computers available at the Geoffrey Bolton Library.

Also make sure you join the Eduroam WiFi network by logging in with your Murdoch username and password. Easy as!

Get assignment help


Use our guide to tackling assignments

It can be tricky knowing where to start with your first assignment. Check out our step-by-step guide so you can be sure your headed on the right track.

Tackling your assignments

Ask our Librarians

If you need help locating resources for your assignments or guidance with referencing, ask our Librarians. They are skilled information professionals who can provide study, teaching and research support.



Find resources for your assignments and research


The Library offers an extensive collection of online and print resources for study and research.

Library Search

Library Search is an easy-to-use research tool that gives you access to journal articles, books, ebooks and other online resources. Use Library Search as your preferred tool for peer-reviewed academic literature. Search now

My Unit Readings & High Demand Collection

My Unit Readings is where you’ll find essential and recommended readings set by your unit coordinators.

The High Demand Collection holds important print books and recommended readings identified by your unit coordinators for the current semester. You can borrow these items for a short period or use them within the High Demand area.

Subject Guides

Our Subject Guides are grouped by topic so you can find the right guide. You may also discover other useful resources by exploring similar guides under the same topic.

Borrowing from the Library


How much you can borrow

As an undergraduate student, you can borrow 30 items for 12 weeks. High Demand items can only be borrowed for 2 hours during the day - so make sure you return them on time. Learn more about borrowing from the Library.

Use the self-check machines or visit the Library Help Desk if you need to borrow print items from our collection.

Overdues and fines

If you do not return an item on time, fines may be added to your account - if you have $60 or more in fines, you'll lose your borrowing rights. Yikes!

The easiest way to avoid fines is to renew your items online via My Library. You can renew items, check your borrowing history, and request items from the Library.



Referencing - the right way!


How to reference

Referencing is an important part of being a university student. By referencing your research correctly, you acknowledge the ideas of others and ensure the academic integrity of your own work. How to write your reference list

Referencing style guides

Check with your unit coordinator to find out which referencing style you should use and follow the style guide. Referencing style guides

You're on the way to study success.


We are here to support you during your time here at Murdoch, so if you need a hand don't hesitate to contact us.

Best of luck and remember, you've always got a friend in the Library!