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Library Services for Schools

Who can use the Library?

While the primary purpose of the Library is to support the staff and students of James Cook University, schools and other members of the public are welcome to visit the library and access a wide range of library resources and services. Visitors under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note, at certain times access to the library is limited to JCU staff and students only please see library hours for more details.

What does the Library offer?

On campus – Townsville and Cairns

Print collections can be viewed and used on-site.

Online databases can be accessed on designated Public Access computers. Articles can be downloaded onto an external device, e.g. USB. Please note, some databases are restricted to JCU staff and students and will not be available for walk-in access.

Photocopying (coin-operated) and printing (fees apply).

On & Off campus

Open access online resources are research materials that are freely available. Search using One Search or our Databases page and filter results to show Open Access resources.

Library guides, including Services for Secondary Schools and Subject guides have links to relevant print and online resources.

One Search allows you to search the library’s collections to find the information you need.


Students in Years 11 and 12 and adult members of the public are eligible to become Community Borrowers (Fees apply). Members receive a library card and may borrow print resources from the library.  A parent or guardian must sign the registration form for students who are under 18 years of age.

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

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

Schools Visiting the Library

School groups are welcome to visit the Library. Please contact us in advance to discuss your needs.  All visiting groups must be accompanied by a teacher or parent.


Please check our opening hours as these vary depending on campus and the time of year.

Further Information

For further assistance or information, please contact us.