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Visit your Campus Library for personal assistance or use our online guides, resources and services



Library Resources and Services

Your local campus library provides you with personal assistance, and access to a wide range of resources, facilities and services.


You can borrow in person or request an inter-library loan. All you need is your TAFEcard.
First time user?    Please bring proof of your TAFE NSW staff status.

Library Subject Guides

You can access the library's tailor-made online Subject Guides which are designed for TAFE teachers and students. Organised into relevant subject areas, you can access these guides from any computer or mobile device. In the subject guides, you will find:

  • links to resources for loan including books, DVDs and journals
  • library catalogue searches for your topics
  • online databases with full-text journal articles
  • eResources such as eBooks and eVideos
  • selected, high quality websites
  • research tips and referencing guides.

Discover the Subject Guides for your faculty area:

eBooks, eJournals, eVideos, Databases and Standards

Access to relevant and current information is essential to your students’ success.

Ask your librarian to show you how easy it is to search the eResources which will give you access to full-text journals, newspapers, eBooks, eVideos, encyclopedias and other databases.

Campus Review is Australia’s leading independent tertiary education publication and website. It provides exclusive and invaluable higher education news to staff at universities and colleges across Australia. Access is available to TAFE Illawarra staff from on-campus computers. 

You will also find subject and industry specific databases such as Australian Standards, National Construction Code, Safetyhub (Safetycare) videos, CINAHL Plus (for Nursing) and PlantFile Online.

Try the library's online videos - these include:

  • ClickView online videos. Over 2000 titles available now and streamed direct to your desktop or mobile device.
  • RealTime Health videos - The RealTime Health Online Resource is an evidence-based learning tool that uses patient and carer narrative to deliver compelling health information. The company produces the ‘Speaking From Experience' series, which comprises a database of over 600 video clips for online delivery and a library of over 70 DVDs.
  • Safetyhub - Safetycare online videos - over 80 Australian workplace safety training videos.
  • Films on Demand - Veterinary Science and Technology Collection - 250 videos.

Available to all TAFE Illawarra students and staff – simply select a title and enter your TAFE username and password.

Ideas for teachers: use in class with a digital projector or book an interactive classroom, have students watch individually on classroom computers, or at home. You can also embed any of these videos in your Moodle courses.

Contact your local campus library for help with all eResources.

Faculty Newsletters

Library staff produce faculty newsletters, which feature a selection of online resources (databases, online videos and websites) and new books and DVDs available for loan from local campus libraries. The newsletters are emailed to teaching staff and are also available on the Illawarra Intranet
If you have not been receiving the newsletters, please contact Judy Hanlen, Manager, Library and Information Services.

Copyright Compliance

Copyright information on the TAFE NSW Intranet
Learning Services provide liaison with the National Copyright Unit on behalf of TAFE NSW and acts as a central contact and representative for the National Copyright Advisory Group. They provide advice and guidance to Institutes regarding copyright licensing matters and changes to legislation.
TAFE Staff username and password required for access.

Visit the Library's Copyright guide for more information.

  Information and Research Skills - Classes and Individual Assistance

Help your students learn how to locate, evaluate and reference information.

Library tours and classes are available as part of the Information Skills program at your campus library.  Librarians work with you to prepare relevant sessions targeted to your students' needs.

These sessions usually take place in class groups, but students can also request an individual session. If you are interested in a session, please contact your library.
Note: Sessions are offered subject to the availability of resources, facilities and staff time.


This tour introduces you to the range of library services and facilities, including a brief introduction to the Library Catalogue. If you're a new student, it is a great idea to take part in this basic session.


This program prepares students for learning at TAFE Illawarra. It consists of 4 sessions (supported by a student Moodle) which introduce students to accessing and using TAFE systems, managing time and stress, developing study techniques for successful learning, and acquiring skills to complete assessments. Teachers can request one or more sessions from the program for their students via the Learner Support Referral eForm.
For more information, refer to the TAFE Illawarra - Support for Students web page.


Learn how to use the TAFE NSW Library Catalogue, including basic and advanced searching. You will also be shown how to view your own loans record and reservations and how to renew loans online. Try our catalogue searching tips.


Learn basic research skills such as understanding the assignment question, constructing a bibliography, searching the library catalogue and locating appropriate library resources.


In this session you will learn about referencing and bibliographies, plagiarism and copyright, the Harvard referencing style and how to locate the details needed to cite a book; journal or newspaper article; non-book item; internet pages.


This session will introduce you to search engines and directories as well as covering search strategies and how to evaluate the quality of information retrieved from the Internet.


You will be introduced to a range of eResources which give you access to eBooks, eJournals and eVideos, full-text journal and newspaper articles, and specialist information such as Australian Standards, and the National Construction Code. This session can cover one eResource in-depth or briefly introduce a number of eResources.


You will be shown how to locate relevant statistics for your assignments, using books, journals, websites and eResources. See some of this content on our online guide to Statistics.


This session will show you how to access and what you will find in your Student Portal. These include an email account and access to your Learner Portal where you can view your enrolment record and results.


This session introduces students to, an online video tutorial and training website that teaches users software, business and design skills.


This session introduces students to career and job searching resources. online training is an extensive library of video tutorials that can help TAFE Illawarra students and staff learn software, creative and business skills.


Access: You will need your TAFE username and password to log in to 

TAFE Illawarra staff - access via the Staff Portal (My Learning Tools)

For help with using for your personal development or with integrating it into your units/courses, please refer to the online training guide or contact your local Campus Library

Note: TAFE Illawarra students - access via the Student Portal - My Learning

Capability Development for Staff

Capability Development

Visit the Illawarra Institute Capability Development site for current activities and workshops, application forms and online learning options.

Library staff provide mentoring sessions for you in a range of skill areas including using eResources, Wi-Fi setup, connecting with your students via social media and getting to know your smart device.

Easy Computing for TAFE Illawarra staff -  Easy Computing is a basic computing course designed and developed by Workforce Development for all TAFE Illawarra Staff. The purpose of the course is to provide a supportive, authentic and interactive learning opportunity regarding computer use at TAFE Illawarra. To assist you with entry into or revisiting the course, your local Librarian can provide a support session of approximately one hour. Not sure if you need Easy Computing? Please work through the Skills Pre-check and Post-check quizzes or download a printable copy. Access - use your TAFE username and password.

Digital Teaching Support An online knowledge sharing space, supporting capability development for teachers and support staff working in digital development and facilitation.
TAFE Staff username and password required for access.

TAFE Connects - webinars to keep up with the latest skills, tools and trends for online learning and digital resources.
TAFE Staff username and password required for access.

Adobe and Microsoft Software for Home Use - Staff

Adobe, Microsoft Office 2016, IBM and other software are available to TAFE staff at reduced rates.

Visit the TAFE NSW Staff Intranet page for more information and a direct link to the online store.

Tip: Use your email address to register. 

Please note that no support is available for home computers.

Antivirus Software for Home Use by DoE employees

Microsoft Office 365 is now available free to current TAFE NSW staff. Before signing up, please read the Microsoft Office 365 - Frequently Asked Questions and then use the Teachers link on that page to sign up.

  • Click on Get started for free and enter your TAFE email address use in the Sign Up box.
  • A message will ask you to check your TAFE email account for a confirmation email.
  • An email from Microsoft will include further instructions.

For your students - please see Software for Home Use - Current TAFE Students 
This link includes information about free software for all - Google Docs and LibreOffice.

  Wi-Fi Access Guides

Do you want to BYOD? (Bring Your Own Device)

TAFE Illawarra students & staff must manually configure your device first (see guides below) and use your current TAFE username and password.
Please read the Disclaimer message below.

Wi-Fi access setup guides and tutorials are available on the TAFE NSW Wireless Information Portal 

Wi-Fi Services - Disclaimer

Disclaimer: TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure that its network environment is safe and secure, but takes no responsibility for the configuration or security of privately owned devices. Staff and students of TAFE NSW who use privately owned devices to access the TAFE network do so at their own risk.
Please note: the TAFENSW wireless network is not available to the general public.