Services for External Borrowers - Emalus Campus

Library Services for External Borrowers

Welcome to USP!

The Emalus campus library offers many services to individuals and organizations outside of USP.

Opening hours


During the academic year

Monday - Thursday


8:00 am - 9:00 pm


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


2:00 - 6:00 pm


During vacation

Monday - Thursday


8:00 am - 12:00 pm


1:30 - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 12:00 pm

1:30 - 4:30 pm




Public holidays


Using the library

External visitors may use the library's print collections inside the library building. We reserve the right to exclude external visitors from the library during times of heavy use by USP students, such as during exam period. External visitors may not use library computers or access library databases.

The Emalus campus library guide offers a basic explanation of how our library collections are organized.

All library books have a small label on the spine. The label explains where the book belongs within the collection. These are known as call numbers.

The call numbers for law books all begin with the letter K. The call numbers for the rest of the collection begin with a number, ranging from 0 to 999.

Would you like a tour of the library? Please come to the library Issues Desk or call 22748 ext 165 to book a library tour.

Using the library catalogue

The Emalus library catalogue is called Athena. You can access it from the library main page, or using this link.

Athena is the best place to start your research in the Emalus library. It contains all the library's print materials, organized and searchable by title, author, subject and keyword. Athena also contains links to electronic records that are freely available on the internet.

Detailed instructions on using Athena are available here. You can always request assistance from the librarian or from the staff at the library Issues Desk.

Borrowing books

Only paid members of the Library may borrow items.

Any resident of Port Vila can become a library member by applying to join. In order to become a member, interested individuals must fill out a library membership application card, which is available from the front Issues Desk. A passport-size photograph should come with the application for membership. Pre-payment is also required.

The cost for individual external membership is 3,000 vatu/year. The cost for institutional external membership (with 3 listed borrowers) is 12,500 vatu/year.

External members, individuals and institutions, may borrow 1 book at one time, for one week at a time.

If you wish to renew your books for another week, please bring them and your ID card to the Issues Desk. We cannot renew your books electronically or over the phone.

Borrowers are responsible for returning their books on time and in good condition. The fine for overdue books is 50 vatu/day. If you lose a library book, you will have to pay to replace the book as well as a processing fee.

Document delivery

Researchers outside the USP community are welcome to request copies of Emalus Campus Library materials. Requests must comply with USP's Copyright Policy.

Document delivery service charges


Cost (Vatu)

5 pages or fewer


6-20 pages


21-30 pages


Urgent request (within 24 hours) surcharge


Fax surcharge (per page)


Research charge*


*Requests requiring research by library staff beyond standard document delivery will incur additional costs. Research time is calculated in 15-minute increments. Fulfillment of research requests is subject to library staff availability.

Important: Legal research assistance is provided subject to the understanding that research results do not constitute legal advice, do not create an attorney/client relationship and should not be relied upon in legal proceedings. If you need legal assistance, please contact a licensed legal practitioner in your jurisdiction. Legal research assistance for non-USP-affiliated individuals and organizations will be limited to the Emalus library print collection and information freely available on the web (e.g. PacLII).

Clients will be invoiced for costs per the above schedule (currency converter). Payment should be made via the Emalus Campus Finance Office.

All orders and queries should be sent to library(at)

Printing and photocopying


External users may not use the library printer.


The library has two black-and-white photocopiers. The cost for photocopying is 10 vatu/page.

To use the photocopiers you must first create a PIN code at the library Issues Desk. Use a number that you will remember! Enter this code on the number pad next to the photocopier to activate.

To add money to your photocopy account, take it to the Finance office, who will give you a receipt. Bring the receipt to the Issues Desk and we will add the money to your account. The Issues Desk will only accept cash during hours when the Finance Office is closed.

Special collections

Reserve collection

Each semester, instructors and tutors place required readings for their courses on reserve for students to borrow. This reserve collection is kept at the Issues Desk area and organized by call number. You may borrow one reserve item at a time. Check here for the current reserve collection or check the printed list at the Issues Desk.

The Library also maintains a permanent reserve collection whose contents does not change by semester. These items are kept in the Library workroom. Please ask at the Issues Desk to view items on permanent reserve. Check here for a list of items in the permanent reserve collection.

Vanuatu collection

The Emalus campus library maintains a closed collection of printed materials about Vanuatu. This collection is kept in the library workroom and may only be accessed by permission. Items in the Vanuatu collection may only be checked out for 2 hours at a time and must not leave the library.

Check here to browse the items in the Vanuatu collection.


The following newspapers are available at the Issues Desk:

Previous issues of these and other newspapers are kept in the library workroom. Please contact a member of library staff if you wish to examine the newspaper collection.

A valid ID is required to borrow newspapers.


Last updated: 1 December 2014


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