Alumni memberships


Membership available for University of Sydney graduates. Eligibility is verified by the Student Centre. Members currently enjoy a free 2 year membership. Your Library Alumni Membership Card gives access to our library spaces during opening hours and Fisher and Law libraries 24/7. 

"(NB: Show your Alumni Membership card to the security concierge to access the Library after public hours)"



  • Borrow unlimited items from our general collection.
  • Put a hold on up to 2 items at a time. 
  • Short loan collection items are restricted to University students and staff. 
  • Access Rare Books and Special Collections.

Online resources

Alumni members have off-campus access to selected electronic resources. These are listed under 'Databases accessible from home'. 

You can access most of our online resources through public access computers located in some libraries. Due to licensing restrictions, some items are only available for current University of Sydney students and staff. There is limited access to public computers, so availability cannot be guaranteed. 

Databases accessible from home

To access these databases, follow the links below or find them in the Library Catalogue after signing in with your Community ID.

Annual Reviews contains analytic reviews in 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. 

References to Australian authors and their works.

Full text academic journals with a international focus.

Journals covering a broad range of subjects, with research by Australian and overseas scientists.

Access to De Gruyter's ejournals (excluding Yearbooks).

Peer-reviewed journal articles that cover engineering, materials science, major management and business disciplines, logistics, the built environment and environmental management, among others. (Alumni special access provided by University of Sydney Library.)  

Selected journals from the International Water Association Publishing.

Full-text major academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world. Publications from the last five years aren’t available for journals in this database, except for those published by the University of California. Ebooks aren't accessible to alumni members. (Alumni special access provided by University of Sydney Library)  

Australia's national dictionary and thesaurus. The Macquarie Dictionary is constantly updated with new words as they enter our language.

Access to selected journals from the Microbiology Society.

Selected journals from MIT Press. Red dots beside articles indicate no access.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) publications, including documents, periodicals and statistical databases.

Access to selected content on multidisciplinary research in arts, social sciences and humanities.

Full-text journals covering health, life, materials and social sciences, engineering and humanities.

Access to 1,400+ journals, selected Reference Works and ebooks.

Unique primary source collections from archives around the world, with a focus on humanities and social sciences.

How to apply

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Email, or visit the Student Centre with:
    1. your completed application form
    2. photo identification, such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport 
    3. a passport-size photo (if applying by email)
    4. allow 2–3 business days processing time.


Currently, Alumni are eligible for a free Library membership, valid for 2 years. 

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