Students and staff of the University of Divinity have gained access to extensive library resources through a Memorandum of Understanding established between the University of Divinity and the University of Melbourne. Kerrie Burn signed the agreement on behalf of fourteen libraries associated with the University of Divinity, in her capacity as the current Chair of the University’s Library Committee.
The MOU established reciprocal borrowing rights between libraries of both universities. All members of the University of Divinity are now able to borrow from any library of the University of Melbourne (including the Baillieu Library). Borrowing privileges do not include access from outside of the University library branches to the University’s online databases. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the libraries of both universities represents an exciting new development which will be of benefit to many staff and students at the University of Divinity.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Sherlock, praised the establishment of the new agreement, saying:
This is a wonderful new opportunity for members of both Universities to pursue their goals in learning and research. Not only will Divinity students and staff have access to a range of resources from a wide variety of disciplines beyond theology, but also our colleagues at Melbourne can benefit from centuries of investment in library collections by our partners in the churches and religious orders.
Members of the University of Divinity will need to enrol as borrowers of the University of Melbourne by going to the Baillieu Library and presenting their current UD staff or student card. If there are any issues with registering or borrowing please contact Kerrie by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that any initial teething problems with the new arrangement can be resolved.
Members of the University of Divinity who wish to borrow from the University of Melbourne have the same borrowing rights as those applying to CAVAL borrowers of the same academic level.
For more information about CAVAL borrowing, visit: https://library.unimelb.edu.au/borrowing/information/limits
Kerrie Burn is the Library Manager at Mannix Library in East Melbourne. While primarily serving the needs of staff and students of Catholic Theological College, Mannix Library welcomes all members of the University of Divinity community. Kerrie is Chair of the University’s Library Committee, and also manages the University’s online Library Hub which was launched in February 2016.