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Susan Wakil Health Building relocation and print collection work at the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries

 

Project overview

As part of the relocation of School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Central Clinical School to Camperdown Campus by 2021, the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries are also moving. Our collections, staff and services will be relocating to the new purpose-built Susan Wakil Health Building (SWHB), with some of our low-use materials moving to the SciTech Library and Storage.

Project updates

January - May 2020
  • The Library prepared for services to relocate to Camperdown campus in consultation with faculty staff and students.
  • Feedback was sought from the faculties whose collections would be affected.

June 2020
  • Collection work to remove low-use duplicates has been completed.
  • Stocktake has been completed in both Health Sciences and Nursing libraries.
  • Items to be moved to our storage location have been identified and prepared for removal in July. They will be available for requesting by the end of July.

July 2020
  • Items identified as low use have been relocated to storage. They remain available to request in Library Search.
  • Work has begun to assign new call numbers to items in the current collection that predate Sydney University cataloguing. This will enhance findability for staff and students in the new library.

Need to know

Collections from the Nursing and Health Sciences libraries will be relocated to the SWHB Library in line with criteria determined through consultation with the Faculty of Medicine & Health and the Library’s collection review guidelines. In accordance with these findings:

  • Roughly 10,000 items in the collection were identified as important to the disciplines and essential for an active, high-use collection. These will be moved to the SWHB Library.
  • A small number of print journal titles will be moved to the SciTech Library.
  • Low-use items will be moved to Storage, where they can still be requested by students and staff.
  • Low-use duplicate items will be removed. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Library is unable to give these items away as per previous relocations.

The Library’s live online chat service, Live Chat, is the fastest way to connect with us if you have further questions.

Milestones

  • October 2017
    Town Hall with Faculties and Schools - completed
  • May 2020
    Collections Confirmation from Faculty - completed
  • June 2020
    Stocktake at Health Sciences and Nursing - completed
  • July 2020
    Low use items have been relocated to storage from the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries - completed
  • 27 November 2020
    Nursing Library will close
  • 11 December 2020
    Health Sciences Library will close
  • February 2021
    SWHB Open to Public
  • February 2021
    Semester 1, 2021 teaching to start

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Will there be separate collections for Health Sciences and Nursing in SWHB?
    A: The Health Sciences and Nursing collections will be integrated into one collection.
  • Q: Will there be a separate 2-hour loans section in the new SWHB Library?
    A: Yes.
  • Q: Are there computers and photocopier/scanning machines in the new Library?
    A: Yes.
  • Q: When will the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries be closed? When will the new Library open in SWHB?
    A: The Nursing Library will be closing on Friday 27th November. The Health Sciences Library will be closing on Friday 11th December. The SWHB Library will be opening for Semester 1, 2021.

    Further information about the SWHB project is available on the University website.
  • Q: Does the SWHB Library have 24/7 access?
    A: The SWHB Library will not be open 24/7, however students and staff will have 24/7 access to spaces on Level 1.

    Fisher Library will continue to be a 24/7 Library space.
  • Q: Will I be able to access the Library collection during the relocation period?
    A: The 2-hour collections for both libraries will be transferred to Fisher Library. While we are setting up the new Library, the Health Sciences and Nursing library collections will be visible in Library Search but unable to be borrowed.

    Once set up is complete, items will be available for requesting and pick-up from other Library locations until SWHB Library is open for business.
  • Q: Will Resource Sharing requests be affected during the relocation period?
    A: Physical Items will be available for pick-up from other Library locations during the relocation. Digital items will be unaffected.
  • Q: Will I still be able to access Health Sciences and Nursing Library spaces during the relocation?
    A: No, these spaces will be closed. You can access our other Library spaces and learning facilities at Camperdown during this period.
  • Q: Will items in Storage still be accessible during the relocation period?
    A: Yes, but the pick-up location will be other Library locations.
  • Q: Are Library staff going to be available to provide assistance during the relocation period?
    A: Yes, our other Library locations will be open, and we will continue to provide assistance including through our Live Chat service.

    Your Academic Liaison Librarians will also be available for appointments.
  • Q: Will I be able to return books to the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries during the relocation period?
    A: No, items will need to be returned to one of our other locations. They can also be mailed to:

    Fisher Library
    Eastern Avenue F03
    Camperdown Campus
    The University of Sydney NSW 2006
  • Q: Will I be able to pick up holds or in-transit items from the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries during the relocation period?
    A: No, but you can pick up items from one of our other locations.
  • Q: What’s happening to print serials?
    A: A selected number of print journal titles (6 from the Nursing Library, 16 from the Health Sciences Library) will be moved to the SciTech Library. Otherwise, our journals are accessible through Library Search.
  • Q: Are Academic Liaison Librarians (ALLs) available during the relocation period?
    A: Yes, ALLs will continue to be available to support your research and teaching needs. You can book an appointment to meet with us.
  • Q: What kind of access can students and academic staff expect to have after business hours?
    A: Students and staff will have 24/7 access to spaces on Level 1 of SWHB, but the Library will close at the end of each day. Fisher Library will continue to be a 24/7 Library space.