Cunningham Library

 Gateway to Australian Educational Research

Student portal

Cunningham Library welcomes ACER Institute students to take advantage of the excellent resources and services offered by ACER's Library.

Finding information

Public resources that do not require a login

Remote access to student resources

The Library allocates each ACER Institute student with a personal login to remotely access the full student complement of online Library resources. This remote access is provided via a service called Athens. The resources offered via the Athens login include databases for literature searching and access to many complete online articles and books. Unit reading lists, with links to any available online readings, are also available via the login. Questions regarding this remote access service can be directed to the Library during business hours.

Note: The Athens login consists of a username in the format acersurnamefirstinitial (e.g. acersmithj). Alternatively, the username can be the email address nominated with student enrolment. The Athens password is initially allocated by the Library. Students unfamiliar with their password can reset via the Forgot your password? link. A new password will then be emailed to the student's nominated email account.


Request an article

Many articles in print in the Library, as well as some other documents, can be copied and sent to students on request. Students can request articles via this online request form which includes the required copyright declaration.

Articles will be sent via email whenever possible. However some copyright and licence restrictions may limit provision to a print copy. Print copies will be sent by post.

Borrow books

Books in the Cunningham Library collection are available for students to borrow for a period of two weeks. Prior to the due date, students will receive an email reminder to either return books or renew the loans online. Loan items without a reservation can be renewed for a further two-week period.

Request a book

Students can request loans via this online request form. Loans will be delivered via Express Post.

The student enrolment fee covers the cost of delivery but the return cost will be at the expense of the student.

Reserve a book

Reservations can be placed on books that are on loan. Books on loan will display a due date. The due date is found via the More info link in the Library catalogue record.

Seek advice

A librarian has been assigned to liaise and support students in relation to matters such as finding research, using the Library's resources and referencing. Please contact Jenny Trevitt (email or phone +61 3 9277 5550).

General inquiries regarding matters such as loans, document requests, reservations and the Athens login can be directed via the general contact details for the Cunningham Library (email or phone +61 3 9277 5553).


The Cunningham Library holds the following resources to guide students in the use of the APA Style (6th edition):

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.) Call No. 808.06615 PUB More info
  • APA style guide to electronic references (6th Ed.) Call No. WEB DOCUMENT More info
    Note: Use your Athens login to access this document from the catalogue
  • Concise rules of APA style (6th) Call No. 808.06615 PUB 2009 More info

Information and tutorials relating to the use of the APA Style are also available from the American Psychological Association website