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COVID-19 update: Library spaces are open to students and staff with precautions in place for your safety. Learn more.

COVID-19 Library updates and support

Opening hours for Library spaces have changed. University of Sydney campus and libraries continue to be open to current students and staff only.
Library staff are available on Live Chat, Mon–Fri: 10am–4pm, Sat: 10am-2pm, Sun: Closed

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Conditions of Entry

Our COVID safety precautions have been put in place to keep everyone in our community safe:

  • To enter the Library, you must be able to show proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have evidence of a negative COVID test within three days prior or a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) on the same day
  • Wear a mask while in the Library (unless exempt)
  • Check in and use your Staff/Student ID to enter all buildings (and check out)
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Maintain physical distancing (keep 1.5m away from others)
  • Avoid physical greetings
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Practise cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue)
  • Student kitchens and facilities in Fisher/Law, The Quarter and Camdem Commons are open. Eating of reheated meals is only allowed in kitchen spaces, not in any other library area or in meeting rooms. Delivery/takeaway meals are not permitted to be consumed in the Library.
  • Library service changes and updates

    Library locations

    Opening hours have changed for current University of Sydney students and staff. Valid University ID is required and conditions of entry apply. 

    Library spaces will be accessible Monday-Sunday to current students and staff:

    • Fisher and Law Libraries: 9am-midnight
    • Quarter (Postgraduate Coursework students only): 6am-11pm
    • Camden Commons: 6am-11pm
    • Peter Nicol Russell (PNR) Learning Hub: 6am-11pm
    • Carslaw Learning Hub: 24/7

    The Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room will be open by appointment only, Wednesday to Friday, 10am-2pm, for current University of Sydney staff and students only. Item bookings must be made via Library Search at least 2 working days in advance. Please email rbsc@usyd.libanswers.com for research enquiries relating to Rare Books and Special Collections materials.

    SciTech Library, Susan Wakil Health Library, the Conservatorium of Music Library and other Learning Hubs remain closed to students and staff.

    • The Conservatorium of Music Library will have a Click n Collect service available through the Conservatorium Security desk, using Conservatorium Library as a Pickup location in Library Search. More information on requesting an item.
    • All other library spaces are currently closed, including technology spaces.
    • Bookable meeting rooms are available in opened Library locations, subject to conditions of entry and maximum occupancy limits.

    Help from Library staff

    • In-person services are only available at opened Information Desks at Fisher and Law libraries.
    • Library staff are available to help via Live Chat.
    • Video chat or message a Peer Learning Advisor via PeerConnect. Available Monday to Friday, 12pm-4pm.
    • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online consultations for research students and staff.

    Access to resources

    • Self-service borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, etc) is available at Fisher and Law Libraries during opening hours for University of Sydney staff and students only.
    • A Click and Collect service is available at the Converatorium Library through the Conservatorium Security desk, using Conservatorium Library as Pickup location in Library Search. More information on requesting an item.
    • Please note, due to restricted movement, there may be delays in transferring items from other library locations to Fisher, Law or Conservatorium libraries. Library staff will support borrowing enquires online only via Live Chat.
    • Materials in the Short Loan collection will be available from Fisher Library for loan for up to 4 hours.
    • Academic staff, Higher Degree by Research, Postgraduate by Coursework with research components, or Honours students, can request for physical items to be posted out to them or to request for a book chapter to be scanned through the Temporary COVID Research and Teaching Support criteria in distance client services.
    • Please email rbsc@usyd.libanswers.com for research enquiries relating to Rare Books and Special Collections materials.
    • The Library’s extensive electronic collection of more than 1 million scholarly ejournals and ebooks continues to be available 24/7 from any location worldwide. Get help accessing the Library’s eResources.

    Borrowing terms (returns, fees, requests and recalls)

    • During opening hours, you can return books at Fisher, Law and Conservatorium libraries. After hours, you can return at Fisher and SciTech libraries via the external returns chute.
    • We have temporarily suspended recalls until further notice. You can still put items on hold, however the due date will not be changed to shorten the loan on the borrowed item.
    • Special requests for items not found are currently limited to digital items only. Physical items can still be borrowed from partner libraries through Resource Sharing.

    Ordering and acquisitions

    • Orders may be delayed due to longer shipping times from overseas.

    Equipment

    • Equipment borrowing of some items (headphones, Zoom recorders, etc) is not available during this time.
    • Use of all ThinkSpace and CreateSpace equipment is not available at this time.
    • Printing and copying is available at Fisher and Law libraries and Camden Commons during opening hours for University of Sydney staff and students. Printing and copying is also available in the PNR and Carslaw Learning Hubs for University of Sydney staff and students.

    Last updated: 29 Nov 2021

    Resources and support for online:

    Study


    Study materials required for coursework units should be available on Canvas. If the resources aren’t available on Canvas or in our electronic resources, please contact your Unit of Study Coordinator or lecturer.

    • PeerConnect

      Video chat or instant message Peer Learning Advisor (PLA) anytime Mon-Fri 12pm–4pm.
      There’s no need to book or sign up. Just drop in!
      The Peer Learning Advisors can provide support with study, looking after yourself, letting you know about other support services and general tips around uni life. They can also just be a friendly ear for a chat.

    Use these online resources and training modules to upskill your research and get the most out of what’s available to you at the Library.

    Research


    The Library is here to support your research and access to materials.

    • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online consultations to support your research. They can help you with finding information, citation metrics reporting and strategic publishing.

    Teaching


    The Library is here to support your teaching and can help you make coursework material available to your students online.

    • Academic Liaison Librarians are available to support your teaching, and can help you to locate teaching resources, deliver training, or advise on embedding information literacy skills into your unit of study. They can also assist you in finding alternate digital resources.
    • It is recommended that course reading lists be reviewed to include minimal physical materials, as access to these items will be limited. You can contact your Academic Liaison Librarians to find alternative content.