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Library services & COVID19

Due to Increased COVID-19 restrictions, from Monday 2nd August, access to the Library’s physical collection, via the “Click & Collect” service is available to Macquarie University and MUH staff, and postgraduate students only (no home delivery) for urgent research purposes. Items can be requested via MultiSearch. Please note that special collections, such as Brunner, will not be available to request.

Collection times: Weekdays 10am-2pm and Weekends 1pm-5pm

Please visit the Library website for more details about the library services whilst the building is closed.   

Finding a specific book or textbook

If you know the details of the book you are trying to find you can search for it in MultiSearch a number of different ways. For example,  try any of the following:

  • entering the title of the book, and author name e.g.  Transforming healthcare with qualitative research
  • Search the title as a phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks e.g. "Transforming healthcare with qualitative research"
  • Browse by Author or Title
  • Advanced search can be used to search particular fields such as Author and Title (useful if your book as a common or 1 word title)

Once you have run the search, and found the book, you may have a choice between an ebook and a print version.

For ebooks, select Full-text available or Online Access and follow the links to read the book.

For print books, availability and location will be indicated in the Get It section of the record.

Finding a book on a topic

There are a number of ways you can limit your search to Books only. Two of these methods are outlined below 1) using Resource type filter and 2) using a pre-search filter. 

  1. Resource type filter

Start by identifying the keywords (i.e. important words) that describe your topic and enter these into the search box.

In your search results you will often see a large number of records including a mix of journal articles, books and other types of material.

To limit your results to books use the options under Refine My Results on the left of the screen -

Select Books under Resource Type to limit your results to books.

Hint: sometimes you need to click Show Mo​​​​​​​re under Resource Type to see the full range of options

  1. Pre-search filters

Another way to quickly limit your search results to books only is to use the pre-filter options.

Select Books from the All items drop-down menu and then run your search.


Book availability

If the MultiSearch record says  Full-text available, Online access or Download PDF then you will likely have instant access to the item from your desktop. 

If the record says:  

  • Macquarie University Library Level 1 / Level 2,  

  • Automated Retrieval Collection,  

  • On loan (Check availability),  

then you will need to request the item using the Click & Collect service. Please note that from August 2nd, due to COVID restrictions, the Click & Collect service is available to Macquarie and MUH staff, Postgraduate and HDR students only, and that home delivery is unavailable. Please see the Request an item page for further information on obtaining copies of physical books whilst the library building is closed. 


Run your search.

To limit your search results to eBooks, use the options under Refine my results on the left of the screen

Under Availability select Full Text Online.

Under Resource Type select Books.  Hint: sometimes you need to click Show More under Resource Type to see the full range of options.

Then select Apply Filters


Any eBooks that match your search query will now display in the results.

Find out more about using eBooks in our online guide


Virtual bookshelf

View Bookshelf allows you to browse physical items from the open shelves and ARC and electronic items by call number. It is designed to replicate the experience of browsing the shelves.

Find the virtual bookshelf by opening a record for a book (click on the title to do this), then click View Bookshelf on the left of the screen or scroll down until you see the View Bookshelf section.