Borrowing Conditions

Library Membership

All students of Morling College are entitled to membership of Morling College Library at no additional membership fee. Online Education and Online Bible and Theology students are entitled to Membership (see further information for Online Students here). If a student is studying by both Distance and On-Campus methods in any one Semester, they are considered an On-Campus student for Library purposes.

Accredited and recognised pastors of NSW/ACT Baptist Churches are eligible for membership of Morling College Library. Graduates of Morling College can continue their membership for three years following graduation at no fee. After three years, Morling Graduates may apply for continued membership at a fee. If you are a Baptist Pastor or Graduate and would like to apply for Morling College Library Membership, contact Library staff here.

Library Cards

The Morling College Student Card is your Morling College Library Card and Photocopy card. This card is also used to purchase meal tickets. On-campus students must have an ID photo taken at the front office in order for a card to be produced. Alternatively, a passport-type ID digital photo may be emailed to The Card will be produced and will be available from Reception.

Online students do not require a Library Card to use the Library. However, if Online students would like a Library/Student card, they may request a card from the Library by contacting us.

Loan Periods

Reference items, Journals/Serials and Closed Reserve items are not for loan, and cannot be removed from the Library. Closed Reserve items should be returned to the sorting shelves within the Closed Reserve room when no longer in use. Two or three Closed Reserve books may be used at any one time. Closed Reserve books should not be kept on desks during study breaks or while in lectures.

General collection items may be borrowed for two weeks, with two possible renewal periods by general student borrowers. One Week Loan items have a loan period of 7 days and may also be renewed twice. The One Week Loan Collection alters every Semester with different classes. One Week Loan items are marked on the back of the book near the barcode with ‘7 Day Loan’. Students should take note of this information. The due date is displayed at the Self Issue computer when borrowing books. Books may be stamped on the ‘date due slip’ inside the book with the stamps provided at the Self Issue desk. Students may also locate the due dates of their items in the Loans tab of ‘My Portal’ when logged into the Library Catalogue. Postgraduate Research students have a loan period of 28 days (except for One Week Loan items).

An automated email reminder will be sent two days before an item is due. This is a courtesy reminder only, it is the responsibility of borrowers to manage their loans and return items on or before their due date. Items can be renewed on their due date or before they are due. Fines are incurred for overdue items. Items that are overdue for a significant time are considered lost, and the borrower will be invoiced for the cost of replacing the item, including a non-refundable administration fee. Students cannot borrow other items while they have overdue loans.

Loan Limits

Student borrowers may borrow a maximum of twelve (12) books including a maximum of three (3) CDs/DVDs at any one time. Postgraduate research students may borrow a maximum of twenty (20) books at any one time. Baptist pastors and Graduates may borrow six (6) books at any one time.

Fines and Charges

Fines are levied for overdue books. Accumulation of fines totalling $50 or more will result in borrowing privileges being suspended. The outstanding balance must be reduced to $25 for borrowing to be reinstated.  Replacement costs for damaged items will be charged at the discretion of the Librarian.


Students may renew items that are on loan before they are due a maximum of two times. If an item has been reserved by another borrower, renewals will not be possible. Once an item is overdue, renewals are not possible.

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