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Library spaces have reopened. For more details see Library COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 Library updates and support

Some Library locations have reopened. Library services are available online to support you.

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Get help from the Library via our online chat service.

Conditions of entry to Library locations

To enter the Library, you must:

  • Swipe in with your student or staff card for record keeping
  • Use hand sanitiser when you enter the space
  • Wash your hands regularly throughout the day
  • Wipe table & keyboard surfaces with disinfectant wipes before and after using equipment
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining 1.5m distance from others, and not moving furniture
  • Only approach staff at the information desks during in-person hours
  • Eat hot food outside the Library
  • Follow instructions as signposted or given by staff or security

Due to the current risk of infection from COVID-19 during this pandemic, staff and students must not enter if:

  • You or anyone you've been in close contact with has travelled to Victoria 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’s COVID-19 positive
  • You’re currently experiencing a fever, shortness of breath, or any flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or fatigue

Library service changes and updates

Library Locations

  • Most Library locations have reopened to University of Sydney Staff and Students only (valid University ID is required). Conditions of Entry will apply, including 1.5m physical distancing and limited maximum occupancy displayed at entrances.
    • Fisher and Law libraries will open 7 days, 8am-6pm.
    • Bosch and Camden Commons will open 24/7.
    • The Quarter will open 24/7 for Postgraduate Coursework students.
    • SciTech Library, Health Sciences Library, The Conservatorium of Music Library and Nursing Library are open with reduced hours from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday.
    • ThinkSpace and the Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room remain closed until further notice.
    • Bookable meeting rooms are available in open Library locations, subject to conditions of entry and maximum occupancy.

    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 during your consult.
    • In Fisher Library, you can also get help via the Virtual Information Desk in the Fisher foyer 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
    • You can get help via the Library’s live online chat service, Live Chat.
    • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online consultations via Zoom.

    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 2-hour collection will be available for loan for up to 4 hours. Items which had been moved to Fisher Library have been returned to their home Library. Items are being quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours on return.
    • The Library’s extensive electronic collection of over 1 million scholarly ejournals and ebooks continues to be available 24/7 from any location worldwide. Help accessing the Library’s eResources
    • Additional electronic resources have also been made available for a short period by some publishers to assist the University’s students and academics impacted by COVID-19. These are not available to Alumni or Community borrowers, who should check their local library website for similar offers.
    • Digital copies of print journal articles can be requested by University staff and students.
    • 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 of Coordinator or lecturer.
    • Resource Sharing (borrowing from another Library) of physical items has been reinstated with restrictions on some items.

    Borrowing terms (returns, fines, requests and recalls)

    • You do not need to return any books you have borrowed until further notice. Items on loan will be automatically renewed until further notice. No fines will be applied during this time.
      These changes exclude items borrowed through Resource Sharing (borrowing from another Library) and items in the 2-hour loan collection (now available for up to 4 hours).
    • You can return books at any library during opening hours. After hours, you will be able to return at Fisher, SciTech and Health Sciences libraries via the external returns chute.
    • If you have borrowed a Resource Sharing (borrowing from another Library) book, you do not need to return it until further notice. However, you will need to request for a renewal via My Account or contact, so that we can contact the lending institution to extend your loan.
    • Recalls have been suspended until further notice.
    • The expiration date of all Library cards due to expire between 1 Feb 2020 - 30 Dec 2020 has been extended until further notice. This includes staff, students, alumni and community members. Please note, this extension will not apply to access to online resources.

    Ordering and acquisitions

    • The Library will not be accepting Legal Deposit submissions or donations in any format until further notice.
    • Receiving and processing of new physical materials (monographs, serials and DVDs), including for the 4 hour loan collection, has been reinstated. The Library will accept requests for physical materials. Please note that orders may be delayed due to shipping from overseas. Ordering of new ebooks, streaming video and some online resources will also continue.


    • All equipment borrowing (Zoom recorders, physiotherapy tables, staplers, stationery, headphones, laptop chargers, calculators, etc) is suspended until further notice.
    • Use of all ThinkSpace equipment is suspended until further notice.
    • 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

    • All in-person workshops and events have been suspended until further notice.
    • A series of online workshops are available to help you stay connected with others, study effectively, meet friends and learn new skills.

    Last updated: 29 July 2020 10:00

Resources and Support for online:


  • 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 workshops to get support with your research, study and meet new people.

  • Coffee in the Cloud

    Finding studying from home boring? Get comfy and bring your coffee or cuppa, and join your Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs) for a chat from home via Zoom.

  • Live online workshops

    Join one of our interactive workshops via Zoom.

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

  • If you are an academic, HDR student or a Postgraduate by Coursework/Honours student, you can you can now register to use the distance client service.
  • 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.
  • The Library hosts a range of online workshops via Zoom.


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 skills into your unit of study.
  • Borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, films, microfiche etc) has resumed at Fisher and Law libraries. Items can be requested from other library locations via Library Search to be picked up and borrowed at Fisher Library.
  • As a consequence of the easing of restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Library has ceased offering its COVID-19 related copying service (Section 200AB) for teaching resources. The Library has, however, provided two quick guides on the use of third-party resources for teaching:
  • Please submit your Unit of Study reading lists for Winter Intensives and Semester 2 subjects to be made available to students via Canvas (through eReserve).
    • The Library is still able to partially digitise physical required and recommended readings under the educational statutory license (Section 113P). This service is currently not available for optional readings. For more information please look at the Library’s copyright website.
    • Materials held in the Library 2 hour collections are currently only accessible at Fisher Library. The loan period has been extended to 2 days and items are being quarantined for 24 hours on return.
    • To ensure equitable access to course materials for all students, it is recommended that course reading lists be reviewed to include minimal physical materials as access to these items will be limited.
    • Due to delays with ordering and delivery, it is unlikely we will be able to provide new physical materials for semester 2. Where materials are required for your course that we do not currently hold, we will endeavour make a digital version available.
    • Academic Liaison Librarians are available to assist in finding alternate digital resources or looking at embedding information literacy skills into teaching