What is BONUS+?

BONUS+ is a resource-sharing service that enables the lending of selected library material among the staff and students of these participating universities:

If the book that you need is not available in the University of Melbourne Library, if it is held at another BONUS+ library you can request it online and collect it a few days later from the pick-up location of your choice.

For more information about BONUS+ email:

How does BONUS+ work?

Your request should be ready to collect from the designated library within 7 working days. You will be notified via email when it is available. Once you have finished with it BONUS+ items can be returned to any University of Melbourne Library.


What is available from the BONUS+ catalogue?

The BONUS+ catalogue includes selected material from the participating libraries, but it does not reflect the complete collection of any library. Certain material, such as reserve books and short-term loans, is not available. The BONUS+ catalogue is continuously updated with each library's holdings to show the current availability.

Who can use BONUS+?

BONUS+ is available to all current students and staff at the University of Melbourne.

What are the borrowing rules?

Borrower Type Number of Requests/Loans Loan Period Renewals
Undergraduate 5 21 days 1
Postgraduate/Higher Degree 10 21 days 1
Staff 10 21 days 1

How can I cancel a BONUS+ request?

If a BONUS+ item still has a REQUESTED status on it, you may cancel the request at any time by logging into your Patron Record through the library catalogue.

Does BONUS+ replace CAVAL?

BONUS+ does not replace CAVAL. Rather, it gives you another option for accessing the resources you need for your work or study. You can still visit one of the BONUS+ libraries to borrow in person and there are some Victorian universities that are not part of the BONUS+ scheme that you may wish to borrow from using your CAVAL card.

For more information about CAVAL see:

Contact us

Please ask library staff for more details about BONUS+, or contact the University of Melbourne Library:

Telephone: 8344 5388 / 13 MELB

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