Library Services Borrow and Renew Off Campus Library Service

Off Campus Library Service

The Off Campus Library Service is used to borrow physical items, primarily books, from the library and have them delivered to your home or postal address.


  • JCU Townsville and JCU Cairns current students and staff
  • Must reside in Australia
  • Live more than 50 kilometres from either the Townsville or Cairns Campuses

NOTE: This service is not available to Adjuncts or staff and students at JCU Singapore and JCU Brisbane.

Loan period

The Library will pay the cost of delivery. A pre-paid postage bag for return of items will be supplied.

  • Loan period is 2 weeks longer than the corresponding on-campus student category (to allow for postal service)
  • Items must be received back in Townsville or Cairns by the due date
  • Fees accumulate on overdue items. (See Fines and Penalties)
  • Items will automatically renew unless a hold request is placed by another patron or your account expires. Due dates can be checked using your Library Account
  • Loans cannot be renewed if another client has requested them
  • Contact Off Campus with any issues or enquiries

NOTE: The Library does not mail physical items to locations outside of Australia.

How to request loans

Off Campus staff and students can request loan items by:

How to request copies

Off Campus staff and students are eligible to have material copied and sent to them via their JCU email address. Under Section 49 of the Copyright Act, the University Library may scan material for the purpose of supplying the copy to a library user who requires it for research or study.

Other services

  • Off Campus staff and students may be eligible to submit an Interlibrary Loan request. To ensure requested items are sent to your postal address, you MUST select "Off Campus" as your Selected Campus
  • If the library does not hold the required item you can submit a Purchase Request form and the item may be purchased.

Contact Details

Telephone: 1800 246 446 (option 3)
Mail: Off Campus Library Service
Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
James Cook University