Library Rules & Regulations - CAUL Questionnaire
This summarises the responses to the questionnaire about who has
authority to alter library rules and regulations. Disclaimer:
There are so many variations that it is difficult to summarise
them without repeating all the detail provided.
Flinders, James Cook, Melbourne, Newcastle, Western Australia
all reported, essentially, that their procedure was similar to
that at Sydney -- recommendations go from the Librarian to the
Library Committee to the Academic Board to the Council.
Variations on this "up the line" theme were reported
- Charles Sturt -- Librarian to Library Committee to
- Swinburne -- Librarian to Vice Chancellor
- VUT -- Librarian to Library Committee to Council
- Adelaide -- Librarian may make minor changes alone,
but major matters go to the Library Committee then the Council.
- Deakin -- Librarian makes changes on the advice of
the Library Committee. These are submitted to Council for approval.
- Bond -- Library regulations have to go to Academic
Senate and then approved by Vice Chancellor, but the Librarian
may make rules under the regulations; the Library Committee is
The rest of the respondents allow the Librarian to make changes
to rules and regulations.
- At ADFA, Monash, NSW, New England, South Australia, Western
Sydney significant changes are referred to the Library Committee
- Griffith, Northern Territory and QUT allow the Librarian
to make changes (NTU usually consults the Library Committee first)
except for changes to fines, charges and penalties which have
to go to the Council, usually through the Library Committee or
- Central Queensland's Librarian can make changes, but
normally seeks the Vice-Chancellor's approval before implementing
- Edith Cowan, where the University Librarian promulgates
rules, but has received advice that there is no statutory authority
for other than University Council to do so. Existing Library rules
might be successfully challenged on that basis. At the time of
writing, rules with some flexibility regarding details such as
loan conditions are being drafted for Council approval.
Compiled by Neil Radford, University Librarian, University of
11 September 1995
Updated 8 September 1995
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