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COVID-19 update: Fisher, Law, The Quarter*, Camden Library spaces are open to current students & staff only with no in-person services. Check current hours.
Library staff are available on Live Chat Mon-Thu: 8am-10pm, Fri: 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm. 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 – Thu: 8am – 10pm, Fri: 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun: 10am – 2pm.

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Conditions of entry to Library spaces

"The Conditions of Entry for University of Sydney locations and study spaces have been updated in line with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders (PHO)."

Before you visit a University site please ensure you consult the current PHO and the University of Sydney Campus Conditions of entry including mask wearing and hygiene, physical distancing, best practices and restrictions.

*For your safety, entry to all University locations including the Library requires a 3-step process:

  1. Complete the Conditions of entry form upon arrival
  2. Check in via the Service NSW QR code
  3. Swipe in with your current student/staff card, this needs to be a physical card, unfortunately at this time virtual or electronic cards are not accepted. You can apply at the student centre for a physical card if you do not have one.

If you are visiting the Library don't forget to show the completion of the Conditions of Entry form to Security. Please ensure you follow Public Health Orders including physical distancing and wearing of masks.


Library service changes and updates

Library locations

Opening hours in Fisher and Law libraries have changed for current University of Sydney students and staff. Valid University ID is required and Conditions of entry apply. 

During the NSW extended lockdown, library spaces accessible to current students and staff are:

  • Fisher and Law Libraries; Mon-Sun 12pm-8pm
  • Quarter (Postgraduate Coursework students only); 6am-11pm
  • Camden Commons; 6am-11pm
  • Carslaw Learning Hub; 6am-11pm (closed 11-12 October)

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

  • 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 opened Library locations, subject to conditions of entry and maximum occupancy limits.

Help from Library staff

  • In-person services are currently unavailable.
  • Library staff are available to help via Live Chat.
  • Video chat or message a Peer Learning Advisor via PeerConnect. Available Mon-Fri, 12pm-4pm.
  • Virtual Information Desk is available in the Fisher foyer Mon-Fri, 12-5pm.
  • 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. Please note, due to restricted movement, there may be delays in transferring items from other library locations to Fisher/Law.  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 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 been suspended. At this time, we have limited Resource Sharing requesting to digital items only (such as journal articles and digitised book chapters). You can continue requesting digital items from other libraries through the Library Search Request from another library form. 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 longer shipping times from overseas.

Equipment

  • Equipment borrowing of items (including stationery, 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 Fisher, Law and Camden ibraries during opening hours for University of Sydney staff and students. Printing and copying is also available in the  Carslaw Learning Hub(Carlsaw Learning Hub closed 11-12 October) for University of Sydney staff and students.

Last updated: 5 Oct 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.