Online Students

Online Students

As an online student of Morling College you are entitled to a library card and use of the Morling College Library. You need to register with the Library to receive a borrower’s card and library membership. Please complete an ‘Application for Borrower’s Card’ form in the library or email library staff at and request library membership, giving full contact details, subject and level of study. The library staff will then advise you of your borrower’s barcode number which you will need to reserve books on Morling’s catalogue and to access the online databases.

The Library catalogue and requesting books

Morling Library catalogue is available online.

To request a book be sent to you, reserve it on the Library catalogue, using the following procedures:

  1. Login to the Library Catalogue
    1. Your Login name is your Library borrower’s barcode
    2. Your password is the first initial of your first name followed by the first three letters of your last name
  2. Search the catalogue and locate the item you wish to borrow
  3. Check the box next to the item
  4. Click on the Reserve button at the top of the screen
  5. The item will appear again, verify that this is the item you wish to borrow, and click on the Reserve button again (or the Cancel button if necessary)
  6. These reservations will be checked by Library staff every weekday and then sent to you.

You can also contact the Library by email, phone, fax or post to request a loan.  Please list the author, title and publishing date / edition (where known) for the book.

Library staff are available between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday if you would like some help in locating resources. After hours, and in general, the library staff may be contacted by email on or by phone (02) 9878 0201.


The Library subscribes to several full-text databases in the areas of Religion, Philosophy and the Social Sciences (EBSCO) and also, Psychology and Education (ProQuest). For full details see the Library homepage. To logon to the databases your borrower’s barcode is required.  Library staff may be able to assist in locating journal articles which are not in full text on the databases please email requests to

In addition the Library is gradually increasing the number of journals which can be accessed online through our catalogue. To access these journals, search for the title of the journal you wish to view and then click on the web address. You will need a username and password. A full list of Usernames and Passwords can be found on Moodle. Log on and look for Administration, then go to Library Resources, where you will find Online Journals with Passwords.  Access to these journals is for Morling students and faculty only. Please do not give out usernames or passwords. If you are having difficulty with your user name and password please contact the Library staff.

There are now nearly 40 titles on this list and more are being added on a regular basis. If you have difficulty navigating your way to these journals please contact the Morling Library at or 02 9878 0201.

Loan period

Books may be borrowed for TWO (2) WEEKS, including transit time. An item may be renewed (by phone or on the web) twice if it is not reserved by another borrower. To renew on the web, log in to your account on the web catalogue (see above concerning reservations), click on the ‘current loans’ tabs and follow the prompts.

For requested items, the College will pay for postage to you and you will be responsible for paying postage back to the Library. Twelve items maximum may be borrowed at one time.

Some high-use items are given a reduced ONE (1) WEEK (7 days) loan period. Seven-day loan items will only be sent to students living within NSW or the ACT, due to postage transit times.

Fines for overdue books accrue at the rate of $3 per book per week. Overdue books, after several notices have been sent, are considered lost and incur a minimum replacement cost of $50 per book plus a $20 (non-refundable) administration fee. No further reservations or borrowing will be allowed whilst items are overdue. All payments are to be sent to the Morling Administration Office. Please remember that the sooner you contact the Library with a problem (for example, a missing book or delay in being able to return an item), the sooner we can fix it, and try to prevent you incurring a fine. If outstanding library fines reach $50, library borrowing privileges will be revoked. Outstanding fines must be paid to the balance of $25 for borrowing privileges to be reinstated.

Borrowing by students living outside Australia

Books will not be posted to addresses outside Australia.  Overseas students are entitled to ask for photocopying/scanning by library staff (see below).

Photocopying and Scanning

Limited photocopying and scanning from books and journals are available from the College Library so long as the request falls within the parameters of the Copyright Act. Compliance with the Copyright Act means that:

  • Only one ‘copy’ of an item may be sent (copy here includes a hardcopy, that is, a published book).
  • Copies can only be provided for private research or study connected with the unit in which you are enrolled.
  • A maximum of 10% or one chapter of a book may be copied.
  • One article per journal issue only may be copied. More articles may be copied if they deal with the same, narrow, subject area (definition of ‘same subject area’ is discretionary in the Act, and will be decided by Library staff).

Photocopying up to 5 pages is free. After that, a fee of 10c per page will be charged. Postage will be paid by the College. The Librarian retains the right to refuse requests for unreasonable amounts of photocopying. Scanning is free but again, requests for unreasonable amounts of scanning may be refused.

Photocopies which are faxed on request will accrue charges. These charges must be paid for in advance at the following rates:

Within Australia
First Page $A2.00 Other Pages $A0.50
 First Page $A3.00 Other pages $A0.75

Borrowing from other libraries

Inter-library loans are generally not possible for distance students due to the time taken to secure these loans and send them to students. Please contact the Librarian for further information.  Morling College Library does not have any standing arrangements with other theological libraries. However, most will allow free use of resources in their libraries. Please contact the Librarian for further information, on 02 9878 0201 or by email:

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