Learn how to use the library -  Emalus Campus

Learning how to use 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.

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