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Celebrating 60 years of
Fisher Library

The current Fisher Library has been at the heart of the University of Sydney community and has had a profound impact on education, research, and the pursuit of knowledge since it opened its doors in 1963.

Fisher Library Music Listening Area in the 1980s, located on the 4th Floor of Fisher Library

Exploring the Past,
Embracing the Future

The opening of the current Fisher Library in 1963 marked a new era for library architecture in Australia, receiving prestigious awards for its architectural merit. It was the second building to bear the name ‘Fisher Library’. The original library is now known as MacLaurin Hall.

At the time of its construction, Fisher Library had Australia's largest reverse-cycle air-conditioning plant and used noise-suppressing rubber floor tiles and acoustic ceiling tiles. However, the soft floor tiles couldn't withstand stiletto heels, leading to regulations requiring visitors to go shoeless in certain areas.

Over the years, it has undergone numerous transformations, adapting to the changing landscape of education and information.

Read more history of the Library

Construction of the Fisher Library stack, 1966


To mark this milestone, we’ll be hosting a range of events on 6 November 2023 including exhibitions, activities with our historic Piscator Press, and opportunities to gather and share stories, as well as something special for our current students.

Register to receive celebration announcements and please share with others for whom Fisher Library holds a special place.

Construction of the Fisher Library stack, 1966

Fisher Library circulation desk, 1964

Memory book:
Share your story

Fisher has been an important place for meetings, coincidences, love, solitude, protest, and community.
Share your favourite stories, anecdotes, and photos to help us create a tapestry of memories that reflect the library's impact on the lives of students, scholars, and the community over the years.

Submit your story by 14 October 2023 for the opportunity to be included in the memory book.

Thank you

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the generations of librarians, staff, scholars, and patrons who have contributed to making Fisher Library the remarkable institution it is today. Your dedication and passion have shaped its legacy and will continue to inspire future endeavours.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have died.

The University of Sydney Library acknowledges that its facilities sit on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who have for thousands of generations exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all. Learn more