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Library Services and COVID-19

Virtual Document Delivery

The University has announced a virtual document delivery service to provide scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters which are not available digitally but are held in the print collections of participating libraries. These are for research purposes only and subject to copyright requirements. This service is intended to facilitate access to print resources available in participating libraries, while library premises are closed to the public.

Eligibility:
1.  University of Divinity Higher Degree by Research Students
2.  University of Divinity academics with a staff profile page on the University website - See 
staff.divinity.edu.au 

Members of the University of Divinity who are eligible for this service are encouraged to use it responsibly.  
Eligible HDR students include all University of Divinity students currently enrolled in a PhD, MPhilDTheol or MTheol.

Scanning requests from other students should go through library staff at the relevant home College.

Process:
A scanned copy of a print resource can be requested by emailing library@divinity.edu.au 

Staff at Mannix Library will provide a "triage" service to:

  • Determine if resource is already available electronically via the Library Hub
  • Determine if resource is available in print at a participating library within the University
  • Request item to be scanned by participating library
  • If item is not available at a participating library within the University, determine if resource can be sourced via interlibrary loan from another library within Australia (or internationally).
    The National Library of Australia sets charges for interlibrary loans and a separate budget has been allocated by the University to facilitate this service. The libraries associated with the University (i.e. that have signed the University-Libraries agreement) already provide free interlibrary loans between other co-signatory libraries.
  • Improve quality of electronic file(s) and add Optical Character Recognition (OCR) if required
  • Inform requester of the outcome of their request and email electronic copy of resource

The provision of this centralised request service for HDR students and academic staff is intended to avoid confusion about which library to contact and to streamline the request process.
All University of Divinity students and staff can continue to contact the library/ies associated with their home College for assistance with general library queries and requests.