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COVID-19 Library updates and support

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Library service changes and updates

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Help from Library Staff

  • All face to face Library services have moved online and the information desks in all Library spaces have closed.
  • You can get help from the Library via the Library’s live online chat service, Chat Now.
  • Academic Liaison Librarians are available for online consultations via Zoom

Access to Resources

  • 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.
  • Borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, etc) is suspended until further notice.
  • However, the Library may be able to assist University of Sydney academic staff, Higher Degree by Research, Postgraduate by Coursework and Honours students with research components in accessing physical items within our collections to support teaching and research. Please check the relevant support information for 'Research' or 'Teaching' below.
  • 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.
  • The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) reading room is closed until further notice. Scan requests for RBSC material are considered on a case-by-case basis according to staff capacity. Please check the relevant support information for 'Research' or 'Teaching' below.
  • Resource Sharing (borrowing from another Library) of physical items has been suspended until further notice.

Borrowing terms (returns, fines, requests and recalls)

  • You do not need to return any books you have borrowed until further notice (excluding 2-hour loan). Any items on loan will be automatically renewed until further notice (excluding InterLibrary/Resource Sharing loans). No fines will be applied during this time.
    If you wish to return any books during this time, you will be able to do so at Fisher, SciTech and Health Sciences libraries only 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 2 hour collection, have been suspended until further notice. The Library will still accept requests for physical materials, but ordering will be delayed until shipments resume. Ordering of new ebooks, streaming video and some online resources will continue.


  • All equipment borrowing (headphones, laptop chargers, calculators etc) is suspended from Thursday 19th March until further notice.
  • Use of all ThinkSpace equipment is suspended until further notice.
  • Printing and copying in Library spaces is unavailable until further notice. Printing and copying is available in Learning Hubs for University of Sydney Staff and Students.

Events and Workshops

  • All face to face 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: 30 April 2020 11:55

Resources and Support for online:


  • PeerConnect

    Video chat or instant message Peer Learning Advisor (PLA) anytime Mon-Fri 10am – 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 request physical items to support your research from any library location, storage or Rare Books and Special Collections (digital scans only).
  • 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: