Services for External Students

The Library Service is committed to providing a quality information and lending service to all students.  If you are studying in Flexible, Online or External studies mode, you are entitled to additional Library services to allow you to take full advantage of the resources offered to support you.

Who can use the service?

All Students who are enrolled at South Metropolitan TAFE are able to use the Library Services on campus. Students who are enrolled in Flexible, Online or External modes, and are unable to visit a campus library, are offered a postal service.

Library Membership

All currently enrolled students are automatically registered as a library member. Your South Metropolitan TAFE Student ID Card is your Library card. 

How do I get a Student ID Card?

The quickest and easiest way to get an ID card is to come into your home campus library, please bring your enrolment form or some form of ID with you.  Charges may apply for a Student ID Card. If you can't visit a campus library, please follow the instructions on the Student ID cards for External Students guide.

How do I access the library collections?

All current South Metropolitan TAFE Students can access Library Services at any one of the Libraries at Bentley, Carlisle, Fremantle (Beaconsfield), Fremantle (Maritime), Murdoch, Rockingham and Thornlie Campuses.  We also offer a range of online resources which can be accessed from the Find Information tab (above). 

Mail Service

If you are unable to visit a campus library and require resources to be mailed to you, please contact the Library by phone or email. Let us know that you are studying by Flexible, Online or External mode. We will send your requested titles in a padded bag with a free postal return label. Once you have finished with the items, place them back in the bag and attach the free postal return label. Post the bag back to us at your local post box or post office.

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Flexible, Online and External studies students may borrow the same items as other students, with the exception of closed reserve, reference materials and textbooks.  The loan period is generally one month, although some heavily used items will only be made available for shorter loan periods.

How do I renew items?

Students using the Mail Service may renew items once by contacting the library  or via the Library Catalogue. If there is a hold request on your item you will not be able to renew it and it should be returned.

Overdue Items

We expect all students to return their items on or before the due date.  See details about Overdue Items on the Membership and Borrowing page 

How do I know what books I need?

Your lecturer may recommend specific readings, or you can search for relevant resources in the Library catalogue, databases or Supersearch.