27th June 2020

SURLY Click & Collect: How to Request Books

Hello from Surly, your Student Union Recreational Library in the campus centre!

Please note this service is unfortunately unavailable during Stage 4 restrictions. Please follow our facebook for updates. 

Due to [everything], the library space will be closed while we’re studying off-campus, but we’re starting up ‘click & collect’-style loans so if you’re on campus, you can still get your hands on books, DVDs, CDs and games! Details below.



SURLY Click & Collect: How to Request Books

How does it work?

  • Log in to our online catalogue
    • If you’ve borrowed with us before (ether physical or ebooks), you will already have a membership. Otherwise, all Monash students can join the library for free!
  • Browse the collections
    • Search for books online, or check out the Surly blog for recommendations
    • Browsing tip: when you search our catalogue, titles in bold are currently available; unbolded are on loan or in-processing (you can still request them, but they may take a bit longer)
  • Click to Reserve
    • Click on the item’s title from the search results, then click ‘Reserve Title’
  • Collect
    • We will email you to confirm availability, and arrange a date for contactless collection.
    • Because the library space is not currently open, collection will be by appointment only. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee staff will be on site if you drop by unannounced! 
  • Return
    • Items won’t be due back until the library re-opens for Semester Two. However, our returns chute is still open if you want to return anything earlier


I don’t know what to read???

That’s totally understandable! We know that the online catalogue can’t fully replace the experience of browsing the library shelves in-person, unfortunately. Check out the Surly blog for recommendations, or you’re feeling stuck, feel free to email us at msa-library@monash.edu – let us know what sort of book you’re looking for (genre, style, length, author, etc), or something you’ve enjoyed recently, and we’ll put together some recommendations for you 🙂


Having trouble?

Feel free to email us at msa-library@monash.edu, we’ll be happy to help you.



During this period all returned items are being ‘quarantined’ for 72 hours before processing. Collection will be contactless – you just need to show us your ID Card.


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