Blocks on your Account

A block on your library account prevents you from borrowing, renewing or requesting library materials. A block may be applied when:

  • You have 10 items overdue
  • You have overdue items that are declared “lost”
  • You have overdue items that are in high demand
  • You have accrued 20 demerit points
  • You have a sanction for an outstanding debt applied by the Student System

Information about blocks will display when you sign into My Account.

Demerit Point Blocks

Demerit points will accrue when you return overdue items:

  • At 5 points per item on which a request  has been placed
  • At 2 points per item with no request

Your account will be blocked for 14 days with 20 demerit points.

A 12 months (365 days) loan history is checked to calculate demerits.
Demerit points are not itemised. Demerit points may be removed only with the removal of a demerit block.

To avoid losing your borrowing rights

  • Return loans on or before the due date
  • Act on library notices sent to your university email account
  • Contact the Library if you have questions about your loans

The majority of library users manage to avoid suspension of their borrowing privileges.

Non returned, lost or damaged items

The replacement cost must be paid for these items. Please attend to any notices for lost books received from the library as soon as possible. Check your library record regularly to ensure all loaned items have been returned.

Scholars remain in bad financial standing with the University and Adelaide College of Divinity until all fees are cleared. Where such fees are outstanding you may be blocked from enrolling and graduating until the issue has been resolved.

Please note that the library cannot accept any other copies as a replacement for lost items.

For any queries concerning lost or damaged items call 8416 8416 or email us at

Payment for lost or damaged books

Item replacement fees can be paid via credit card, cheque or with cash at the Adelaide Theological Library.

Once payment is received, sanctions are cleared during standard business hours. Therefore, please allow between 1-2 business days for the sanction to be lifted against student accounts.

Please note that once payment has been made for lost items no refunds are available.