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COVID-19 update: Library spaces are open to students and staff only, with precautions in place for your safety. Learn more.

COVID-19 Library updates and support

Our physical spaces are currently open to staff and students only, with health and safety measures in place. Library services are also available online to support you.

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Get help from the Library via our online chat service.

Conditions of entry in Library spaces

Please note: We strongly recommend visitors practice good hand hygiene and continue to maintain physical distance of 1.5m while in Library spaces.

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

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

Help from Library staff

  • Library staff are available to help. Information desks are staffed with reduced hours. Please maintain 1.5m distance from the desk and remain behind the protective screen at the information desk.
  • You can get 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 and in-person research consultations.

Access to resources

  • Borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, etc) has resumed across library locations for University of Sydney staff and students only.
  • Materials in the Short Loan collection will be available for loan for up to 4 hours.
  • 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)

  • You can return books at any library during opening hours. After hours, you will be able to return at Fisher and SciTech libraries via the external returns chute.
  • 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 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 borrowing of items has been reinstated for staplers, stationery, laptop chargers, calculators, and most items that do not require close contact with mouth and eyes.
  • Use of all ThinkSpace and CreateSpace equipment is available to book via the Library website.
  • Printing and copying is available in all libraries 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.

Events and workshops

  • Some in-person workshops and events for University of Sydney students and staff have been reinstated where health and safety measures have been applied, including physical distancing and registering with the Service NSW app.
  • A series of online workshops are available to help you stay connected with others, study effectively, meet friends and learn new skills.
  • Technology skills workshops are available at ThinkSpace and CreateSpace for in-person attendance and also online. Look at the Technology program for the full list of upcoming workshops.

Last updated: April 2021

Resources and support for online:


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.

Join an online Library workshop to get support with your research, study and meet new people.

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.


The Library is here to support your research and access to materials.

  • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online and in-person 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.


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.