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Library Services for Schools

Who can use the Library?

The primary objective of the University Libraries is to meet the information needs of the staff and students of James Cook University. Schools are welcome to use the library collections and services in Townsville and Cairns within the guidelines outlined on this page.

Further information about the Library, its collections and policies is available from the Library's home page.

Students under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

What does the Library offer?

Access to print collections.

Coin operated photocopier.

The JCU website provides access to a wide range of information about the university, however access to subscription online resources such as journal databases is available to JCU staff and students only. Our Open Access Search can be used to locate freely available scholarly resources.

To find library items you need, use the catalogue which lists all the items held in the JCU collections.

Some material held in special collections may have restricted use conditions.

Community Borrowers

Adult members of the local community, and Grade 11 and 12 students are entitled to become Community Borrowers. Fees apply.

Your school or other organisation can become a Corporate Borrower. Fees apply.

Please see the staff at the Service desk for full details.

Individual Students

Students are welcome to visit the Library. They may use the collections within the building without charge or join the Library for a fee of $27.50 per annum. A parent or guardian must sign the registration form for those students who are under 18 years of age.

Staff at the Service desk will provide ready reference assistance, other duties permitting.

Schools Visiting the Library

School groups are welcome to visit the Library. Please contact us well in advance of any groups intending to visit.

All visiting groups must be accompanied by a teacher or parent.


Please check the Opening Hours as these vary depending on campus and the time of year.

Further Information

For further assistance or information, please contact us