Northern Sydney TAFE Libraries:Borrowing

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We’re switching over! Receive your library notices via email.

  • Receive a reminder email before your items become due.
  • Get notified as soon as your requested item is available in the library.

Ask at the library or complete the form provided and bring it on your next visit.

All notices will be sent to your TAFE email address. If you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to forward your TAFE email to your personal email so you don’t miss out on any TAFE notifications. Learn how to forward your email.

What can you borrow from us?

TAFE NSW students can borrow up to 15 items state-wide. At NS Libraries this includes: 


For how long?

Books, magazines and DVDs 2 weeks
Special reserve / High demand 2 hours up to 1 week
HSC textbooks Semester or 1 year
Textbooks purchased by section 4 weeks up to 1 semester

Special loan periods and limits may apply for some items. Please check with your local library. Reference material is not for loan.

You can ask library staff to keep up to 5 items aside for you to collect within 3 working days.

Special borrowing conditions for staff can be found at the Teaching staff guide.

Borrowing rules

All libraries in TAFE NSW impose fines for late returns. You will be suspended from library services including borrowing from all TAFE libraries and room and computer bookings. Your results notices and testamurs will be blocked until all outstanding items are returned and any fines paid.

Conditions of use
When you use your TAFEcard to borrow items at NS Libraries, you agree to our conditions of use

Who can you borrow from?

As a current Northern Sydney TAFE student or staff member you can borrow from:

Who can borrow from us?

  • Current students or staff from all TAFE NSW locations and most TAFEs in Australia, with a TAFEcard. TAFE students and staff from other states and territories in Australia need to show proof from their Library that they are current and  in good standing.

  • Macquarie University students or staff with a current library card, for a fee.

If you do not fit into the categories above, you may be able to borrow a limited number of items, for a fee, from a single Northern Sydney library as an Associate Borrower.

Note:  Everyone is welcome to browse our physical resources in-house at no cost

What you need

Borrowing, reserving or renewing items in person

Your current TAFEcard

Reserving or renewing items online

The barcode number of your TAFEcard and your library PIN.

Get your PIN from the library in person, by phone or via your TAFE or mycordonbleu email account.

Renew your items or place holds

Place holds or renew your items online at My Account. Note: Items available for renewal can be renewed before midnight on the day they are due. Log in with your TAFEcard barcode and your library PIN. For more information contact your librarian. 


You can also renew your items or place items on hold by phone or in person. Please have your TAFEcard ready.

You can renew an item twice if no one else has reserved it. 

We will keep your hold items aside for up to 1 week.

Returning items

All NS Libraries also have after-hours return chutes located outside the libraries. At Ryde, St Leonards and Northern Beaches Libraries, these are  only accessible when the building is open. Buildings are locked overnight when the campus is shut. Hornsby and Meadowbank have return chutes accessible from outside the buildings 24/7. Please don't return items belonging to other libraries.

Items must be returned or renewed on or before the date due. Failure to return items on time may result in fines.

You must replace or pay for any items you damage or lose. If an item has been damaged, please return it directly to library staff, do not place it in the return chutes. See the Conditions of use for further details.

Inter Library Loan - ILL

A limit of 2 course-related items not held at this library may be requested from another TAFE NSW library. Please have your TAFEcard ready when requesting items by phone or in person at the library. You will be contacted by phone when the items are available.