Emalus Campus

Emalus Campus

Library Services for Postgraduate Students

Welcome to USP!

The Emalus campus library offers many services to DFL students.

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

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.

As a USP student you also have access to the library collections at the Laucala campus. The library catalogue for Laucala is called Spydus and you can access it from this link.

Inter-library loan (ILL) forms are available for journal articles and for books (including book chapters). There is no charge for loans from the main campus library at Laucala. The charge for ILLs from overseas libraries is F$40 per request, which must be paid in advance.

Borrowing books

To borrow library books you must have a valid USP ID card for the current semester. If you are not registered for courses in the current semester, you will not be able to borrow books.

To validate your card, please bring your registration confirmation letter to the library Issues Desk. We will update your library patron record and assign you a barcode (if you do not already have one). Please take care of this before the mid-semester break. You must have a valid ID card to take your final exams.

Students may borrow up to 5 books 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.

Using library databases

USP subscribes to many online databases to assist you in your research. Detailed instructions for using these databases are available here.

Performing research

All students are encouraged to participate in Information Research Skills (IRS) training at the beginning of their studies. This training explains how to use the library, how to evaluate materials, how to perform referencing, and many other vital research skills.

More information about IRS is available here, including links to documents for each module. To participate in IRS training, please contact the Emalus librarian or the staff at the Issues Desk.

Online guides for undertaking research in particular subjects are available here. Each LibGuide explains the research process and provides lists and links of materials that will be especially useful for research.

If at any time you have questions about performing research, please contact the Emalus librarian or the staff at the library Issues Desk.

Printing and photocopying


The library has one public printer, which offers printing in black-and-white (the default) and in colour. Printing charges are:

Black and white: 10 vatu/page
Colour: 50 vatu/page

To use the library printer, or any other printer on campus, you must create a Papercut account with the Emalus ITS office. Once you have a Papercut account, you can top it up at the Finance office. The library cannot add money to your Papercut account.


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.

Items on reserve may be borrowed for 2 hours at a time. The fine for overdue reserve items is 200 vatu/hour. If the instructor gives permission, reserve materials may be borrowed overnight. Overnight loans take place after 8:30 pm. These items must be returned by 8:30 am the following day.

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:

  • Vanuatu Daily Post

  • Independent/L'Independant

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.


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USP Emalus Campus
PMB 9072
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Phone: +678 22748 Fax +678 22633