Fisher Library 60th Anniversary Memory Book

Person holding Fisher Library 60th anniversary book with the Fisher Library roof terrace in the background

Since opening its doors in 1963, 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. Designed by joint architects Ken Woolley (NSW Government Architect Office) and Tom O’Mahoney (O’Mahoney, Neville and Morgan), Fisher Library’s five-storey undergraduate wing opened in 1963 and it’s nine-storey book stack in 1966.

Memory Book submissions have highlighted that since this opening, the Library has been an important place for meetings, learning, coincidences, aspirations, love, loss, solitude, protest and community. From its music listening area with records and turntables, its recently re-opened roof terrace and its ever expanding physical and digital collections, Fisher Library has always been a hub for students to meet and collaborate and is a core part of the University of Sydney student experience.

In late 2023, students, staff, and alumni were invited to share their stories and photos from the past 60 years. These have now been compiled into a Memory Book, available to browse online through our Digital Collections and in person at Rare Books and Special Collections.  

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this important work documenting the history and significance of Fisher Library. It has been a delight to read through your favourite memories and we have highlighted a few of our favourites below.