Membership and


All students and staff have automatic membership with the library for the duration of their time at NTI. Alumni may request to have their membership switched over after graduation by contacting library staff.

Members of the public may apply for free community membership via the online Membership Form.

Borrowing Conditions
Member type Max loans Loan period Renewals Interlibrary loans Postal loans Short loans access Database access
NTI students 20 4 weeks 2 Research project students only Yes (cover return postage) Yes Yes
Cross-institutional students 20 4 weeks 2 No Yes (cover return postage) Yes Yes
General staff 5 3 weeks 2 No Yes (cover return postage) No Yes
Teaching staff 30 12 weeks 4 Yes Yes (cover return postage) No Yes
Sessional staff 20 6 weeks 2 Yes Yes (cover return postage) No Yes
Community members 5 3 weeks 2 No No No No
Alumni members 5 3 weeks 2 No Yes (cover return postage) No No

Short Loans

Short loan items have been identified as core texts for NTI subjects, and have a loan period of 1 day to ensure all students have an opportunity to access the materials. A maximum of 5 short loan items may be borrowed at once, and renewals are only permitted if no other student has placed a reserve.

Short loan items are held behind the staff desk. Please ask staff for assistance with these items.

Borrow by Post

See below.

Postal Loans and Scans

The Library aims to make its resources as accessible as possible. Postal loans from the physical collection are available to all students within Australia, regardless of whether your subject is being delivered online or on campus.

The Library will pay for postage to send items, and students are responsible for return postage. Students are also able to return books in person to avoid return postage.

To request a postal loan, identify the item you would like to borrow from the Library Catalogue and email the library with your request and postal address. The Library will aim to post your loan within two business days (delivery time may be affected by Australia Post delays).

Request a Scan

Students may also request scans of library material via email. If you think that you only need a particular chapter from a book, you may email the library to request a scan rather than borrow the entire book. This service is also available to students located outside Australia, who are not eligible for postal loans. 

Please note, the amount that can be scanned will be dependent upon copyright limitations. Library staff will explain whether there is a limitation on your request via email.

Overdue Items and Fines

Overdue Items

Members will receive five emails notifying them of their loan status:

  1. An advance notice of items due soon
  2. A notice that items are now due
  3. First notice that items are a week overdue
  4. Second notice that items are over a week overdue
  5. Third notice that items are four weeks overdue and borrowing has been restricted until overdue items are returned.

The library recognises the difficulty some members may have with returning items to the library on time, especially for those who travel to NTI to study. Members may contact the library to renew overdue items if the number of renewals have not been exhausted. Renewal of items will remove the status of overdue and reinstate borrowing rights if the renewal period has not also been passed.

Note: The number of permitted renewals will depend on your membership category. Please check the Borrowing tab above for clarification.

Lost/Damaged Items

NTI Library charges fines for:

  • Lost or very overdue items (items not returned within 90 days of due date)
  • Damaged items

Items that fall into these categories will incur a fine of:

  • Replacement fee equal to commercial value of the item, plus
  • $10 processing fee

Fines apply to all library members, regardless of membership category.

Queries regarding fines should be directed to library staff.

Invoices and Payment

Invoices will be sent out by the library.

Payments can be made in person by credit card or cash at the Student Services Desk on Level 2.

Payments can also be made by credit card over the phone to the Student Service Office (4258 0741).

No payments will be processed by the library.


During library opening hours (see Home Page for hours): please return all items to the library.

Outside library opening hours, during business hours: please return all items to reception.

By post: please mail returned items to:

Nan Tien Institute Library
231 Nolan Street
Unanderra   2526   NSW

Please be aware that members will cover the cost of return postage.

Please note: Items cannot be returned on weekends as nobody will be on site to receive them. If you are unable to return items during the week, please contact the library to make alternative arrangements. Please do not return library items to Nan Tien Temple. 


If you would like to borrow an item that is currently out on loan, or if you would like to ensure you are next in line for an item, you can place a reserve.

Please contact the library by phone, email or in person to reserve an item.

When your reserve becomes available you will receive an email notification. You will have 7 days to collect the item, after 7 days the reserve will expire and the item will be returned to the shelf and available for loan to other borrowers. 


Check the Borrowing tab above to see how many renewals are available for your membership category.

If another borrower has reserved an item, it cannot be renewed.

Items can be renewed by phone, via email or in person.

Inter-Library Loans

NTI teaching staff and Master’s students producing a thesis are able to request inter-library loans from other libraries around Australia, for items not held at NTI.

  • Search Trove to identify the item you would like to borrow.
  • Fill out the Inter-library Loan form (NTI login required). We will notify you when you loan has been processed.

Borrowing restrictions may be imposed by the lending library. Staff will inform you of any limitations.

For other libraries who would like to borrow from NTI, please contact the library by email.

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