The University of Newcastle, Australia

Psychometric library

The School of Behavioural Sciences maintains a holding of approximately 400 psychometric tests at Callaghan to help facilitate the School's efforts in research and teaching. The largest, most readily available holding of tests is in the Psychometric Test Library. Some specialised materials are housed either in the Functional Neuroimaging Library or in the Psychology Clinic but those materials are not part of the Psychometric Test Library holdings.

Differing levels of access to test materials is offered to staff, postgraduate student, conjoint appointees, fourth year and undergraduate students of the School for material housed in the Psychometric Test Library. See below for borrowing privileges.

This policy specifically excludes access or borrowing rights to all test materials regardless of where they are housed for the any of the following purposes:

  • Private practice of other forms of commercial gain
  • For use on placement, unless written permission is given by the Chair of the Test Library Committee (contact Dr Sean Halpin for permission)
  • For clinical purposes that are not connected with the School's research or teaching practices.

The rationale for making these exclusions is in order to ensure that the management of our test holdings complies with Australian commercial law and with the conditions under which the tests were purchased.

The School must not administer or make available its test materials holding in such a way as to restrict the trade of any local or international test publishers or distributors. The Psychometric Test Library Committee agrees that to make test materials available for any of the above mentioned purposes may be interpreted by test publishers and distributors as being a restriction of their trade and could expose the School to legal proceedings.

Access to tests held in the Library

Tests are listed in the Library database below and the responsibility for lending and maintaining them rests with Administrative Staff in the Psychology School Office in W210, Behavioural Sciences Building.

Contact the School's general enquiries for advice.

Psychometric Test Library borrowing privileges

Staff and postgraduates

Test Library materials may be borrowed for a period of three days, after which time they must either must returned, or renewed for another three-day period. Loan renewals will only be permitted when the test has not been placed on a hold by another borrower.

Generally no more than two consecutive renewals after the initial borrowing period of any item are allowed. Requests for longer loan periods must be referred to the Chair of the Test Library Committee.

At times, high-use materials may be restricted to a borrowing period of one week only.

Conjoint staff

Materials may be borrowed for a period of two weeks for research purposes only or to assist with the supervision of SBS students. At times, high-use materials may be restricted to a borrowing period of one week. Tests are not available for private practice or for clinical use.

Conjoints will need to notify Administrative Staff in advance of the materials that they wish to borrow from the Library where the tests will be processed via the normal lending system.

Fourth year and Honours SBS students

Permission to borrow materials must be sought from the student's supervisor and from Administrative Staff, who will maintain a lending system for these items.

Undergraduates and community borrowers

No access to the Psychometric Test Library.

Penalties for overdue items from the Psychometric Test Library

Staff and Conjoint Staff

Borrowing privileges will be revoked.

All Students

Borrowing privileges will be revoked. In addition, overdue items will incur a financial penalty identical to that incurred for items that are overdue under the University's Library lending system.

Postgraduate students will not be signed off as having finished their clinic placements until all overdue test materials are returned.

Test Library holdings