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The SIBT Sydney campus library facilities include a course specific lending collection, student computers, quiet study areas, and access to librarians and other library staff for research assistance and direction.

For all enquiries and questions, you can ask a librarian by email: library@sibt.nsw.edu.au.

How to use the library

SIBT students can borrow books and have full access to online library resources.

Finding the books you need

Students can access the SIBT Sydney Campus library catalogue online. To access your own record click 'My Library'.

Borrowing books

To borrow from the SIBT Sydney campus library, students must have a current SIBT student card. Students can borrow twelve books for a period of two weeks each. Current textbooks are available as seven day loans or for use in the library for two hours.

Renewals

Items can be renewed six times the original loan period (except those items on hold for other students). Students can renew items online by signing into 'My Library'.

Keeping a book on hold

Book hold requests can be placed by clicking on the item name in the library catalogue and then ‘request' after signing into 'My Library'. Requests can only be placed on items out on loan and when no other copy is available in the library. When the item is returned, it is put aside and the student is notified by email that it is ready for pick-up.

Overdue notices

Courtesy notices are emailed to students 3 days before an item is due, followed by notices at 7 and 14 days overdue. When an item is 20 days overdue it is considered lost and a bill for replacement is sent.

Library fines for overdue books

  • Overdue fees are charged at $1 a day for each day a book is overdue.

  • At 14 days overdue, a bill for replacement is issued. Replacement of items is charged at a rate of $120. Fines are not waived once a bill for replacement is paid.

  • A block is put on borrowing rights (including renewals) when fines reach $50. To reinstate borrowing rights a minimum of $20 must be paid and fines must be reduced below $50.

  • A claim and appeal against the imposition of library fines can be made (e.g. if you were unable to return books on time due to illness or other extenuating circumstances) by filling in a Request for Fines Exemption form and returning it to library staff.

  • To avoid fines remember to renew your books online and return books on time!

Please contact us if you have any difficulties renewing books or have any questions about library fines.

Using the library computers

All students using the library computers can log on using their SIBT student ID and password. When logging on make sure the 'log on to' box is set to SIBT.

Printing and copying

Printing and copying facilities are available to current students. Only students carrying a current student card are able to print. Credit may be added to student cards in the library.

Please Note: Change is not available in the library. Printing credit is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

  • Black & White Charges: A4 11c per page
  • Colour Charges: A4 80c per page

Scanning

Photocopiers in the library and in Lab 311 can be used to scan material to email or directly to a USB drive. Scanning is a free service to current enrolled students.

Study and research assistance

There are a range of study guides and research tools available to SIBT students online. The most relevant online library services are listed below:

Multisearch

Multisearch is a search and discovery tool which provides on-stop searching across the library’s resources including:
  • Books, DVDs and other physical items in library

Information skills online

While studying at SIBT you will be required to find, evaluate and use information available through the library to complete your essays and research assignments. Information Skills Online is an online training package designed to assist you in finding the information that you need to succeed in your course.

Online Journals

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the range of journals available through SIBT: research.sibt.nsw.edu.au/login

Referencing

Different subjects use different referencing styles. Ask your lecturer for the name of the style you should use in your assessment task. The most common referencing systems used at SIBT and other universities are:

  • The Harvard System (sometimes called the Author-Date system)

  • APA style

  • MLA style

Citation assistance using the Harvard convention can be found at: http://libguides.navitas.com/harvard

Copyright (Part VB)

For text based resources, you may copy and communicate a ‘reasonable portion'. Generally, a reasonable portion is considered:

  • One chapter of a book, or 10% of the pages (10% of the words if the work is in electronic form).
  • One article from a journal or newspaper (more if the articles are on the same subject matter in a special edition).
  • All of an artistic work, for example: a diagram or photo (when not available for separate purchase).

Contact the library

For all enquiries and questions, you can ask a librarian by email library@sibt.nsw.edu.au.