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Library spaces have reopened for current staff and students only. For more details see Library COVID-19 updates.

COVID-19 Library updates and support

Our physical spaces have reopened to staff and students only. 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

  • Library locations have reopened to current 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 have reopened 24/7.
    • Bosch and Camden Commons continue to be open 24/7.
    • The Quarter continue to be 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.
    • See full opening hours and information desk hours.
    • ThinkSpace tech equipment is available by appointment for staff and students. Workshops will be available online to book throughout Semester 2.
    • Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room will be open 11am-3pm by appointment only for staff and students through Library Search.
    • Bookable meeting rooms are available in open Library locations, subject to conditions of entry and maximum occupancy.


    Help from Library Staff

    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 are being quarantined for a minimum of 24 hours on return.
    • Bookings for items in the 2-hour collection may be affected by the 24-hour quarantine period required for all recently returned items. This means some items may not be available at the scheduled time or will be unavailable for 24 hours. Check Library Search or contact the Library for the current status of the item.
    • The Library’s extensive electronic collection of over 1 million scholarly ejournals and ebooks continues to be available 24/7 from any location worldwide. Get 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.
    • 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.

    Borrowing terms (returns, fines, requests and recalls)

    • Due dates, requests and recalls, fines and fees have been reinstated as normal. Use My account to see the items you have on loan, when they’re due or to renew.
    • 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.
    • Items borrowed through Resource Sharing (borrowing from another Library) will need to be returned from 28 August. If you have an item borrowed through Resource Sharing, you will receive an email notification with the due date or you can check My Account. If you are unable to return the item on time, please contact
    • 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 limited to appointments only. No walk-ins allowed during this time.
    • 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: 24 August 2020 by HL

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 of 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 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. This service will allow you to select an item to be mailed to you, or a single book chapter to be emailed to you.
  • 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.


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