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Friends of the University of Sydney Library

Support the Library’s interests in the promotion and development of its scholarly resources and enjoy special access to collections

About the Friends

Founded in 1961, the role of the Friends is to assist, encourage and promote the interests of the University of Sydney Library through:

  • offering expert advice and assistance in finding rare books, manuscripts or other materials that may be of use to the Library
  • gifts of money, books and other property
  • networking to gain support for the Library’s interest and collections

Committee of the Friends


  • President

    Ross Coleman

  • Hon Secretary/Treasurer

    Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin

  • Patron

    Dr Neil Radford

  • Members

    Janet Flint
    Jane Hardie
    Philip Kent, University Librarian (ex officio)

  • Observer

    Julie Sommerfeldt, Rare Books and Special Collections Manager


By joining the Friends you:

  • will be part of a network of like-minded people with a common interest in the work of the Library
  • will receive special invitations to Library exhibitions and events
  • will be invited to periodic meetings of The Friends of the University of Sydney Library


Read more about the history of the Friends in John Fletcher's essay Per ardua ad libros: The Friends of the University of Sydney Library 1961-1984.

Join the Friends of the Library

  • Address
    The Friends of the University of Sydney Library
    Office of the University Librarian
    Fisher Library
    University of Sydney
    NSW 2006
  • Membership and other enquiries
    Library Admin
  • Email