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COVID-19 update: Fisher and Law Libraries are open to current students and staff only with no in-person services. All other library spaces are currently closed.
Library staff are available on Live Chat Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 2pm. Learn more.

COVID-19 Library updates and support

Fisher and Law Libraries are open to current students and staff only with no in-person services. All other library spaces are currently closed.
Library staff are available on Live Chat Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm, Sat: 10am – 2pm.

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Conditions of entry in Library spaces

Masks are now compulsory in Library spaces. Please maintain at least 1.5m distance from others.

To enter the Library, you must:

  • Swipe in with your student or staff card or register with the Service NSW QR code
  • Use hand sanitiser when you enter the space
  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day
  • Wipe table and keyboard surfaces with disinfectant wipes before and after use
  • Practise physical distancing by maintaining 1.5m distance from others, and not moving furniture
  • Follow instructions as signposted or given by staff or security.

Due to the current risk of infection from COVID-19 during this pandemic, you must not enter the Library if:

  • you (or anyone you've been in close contact with) resides in, or has travelled to COVID-19 case locations in the last 14 days.
  • you (or anyone you've been in close contact with) has travelled overseas in the last 14 days
  • you’ve been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone who is COVID-19 positive
  • you’re currently experiencing a fever, shortness of breath, or any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or fatigue.

Last updated: April 2021

Library service changes and updates

Library locations

Fisher and Law Libraries are open to University of Sydney students and staff only (valid University ID is required). Conditions of entry apply, including 1.5m physical distancing and limited maximum occupancy displayed at entrances.

  • All other library spaces are currently closed, including technology spaces and the Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room.
  • Bookable meeting rooms are available in open Library locations, subject to conditions of entry and maximum occupancy limits.

Help from Library staff

  • In person services are currently unavailable.
  • Virtual Information Desk is available in the Fisher foyer Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm.
  • Library staff are available to help via the Library’s live online chat service, Live Chat.
  • Video chat or message a Peer Learning Advisor via PeerConnect. Available Mon - Fri, 12pm - 4pm.
  • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online consultations.

Access to resources

  • Self-service borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, etc) has resumed across library locations for University of Sydney staff and students only. Library staff will support borrowing enquires online only via Live Chat.
  • Materials in the Short Loan collection will be available 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 rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au 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 and Law Library. After hours, you will be able to 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.
  • Resource Sharing (borrowing from another library) of physical items between the University of Sydney and other libraries has resumed. However, there are still significant restrictions impacting other institutions sharing their physical resources which may cause ongoing delays in borrowing. If you would like to request a renewal, please do so via My Account or email library.resourcesharing@sydney.edu.au so that we can contact the lending institution to extend your loan.

Ordering and acquisitions

  • Orders may be delayed due to shipping from overseas.

Equipment

  • Equipment borrowing of items (including stationary, staplers, laptop chargers 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 in those libraries that are open during opening hours for University of Sydney staff and students. Printing and copying is also available in Learning Hubs for University of Sydney staff and students.

Last updated: 25 June 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.
  • The Library hosts a range of online workshops via Zoom.
  • You may be eligible for Distance client services which is available for staff and students undertaking online study, not based at one of our main campuses, living outside the greater Sydney region or with a mobility or health issue.

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.