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

COVID-19 Physical item request form

Request to access a physical item for research or teaching purposes

Borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, films, microfiche etc) have 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.

However, the Library is still able to assist University of Sydney academic staff and Higher Degree by Research, Postgraduate by Coursework and Honours students with research components in accessing physical items within our collections.

On a case-by-base basis, we may be able to:

  • Loan and ship a physical item to you, or
  • Provide a digital copy of a single book chapter (under the fair dealing exceptions in the Australian Copyright Act).
  • Provide digital scans of RBSC material (in accordance with the Australian Copyright Act where applicable).

Due to high number of requests for physical items and strict safety and hygiene procedures, supplying a requested item may take up to 2-3 weeks. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been processed.

Please note that we may change physical item requesting in response to COVID-19 directives.

Before requesting, please check our eBook Collections or search our Library collections available online as we may already have electronic access to the item you require. You should also contact your Academic Liaison Librarian before requesting if you require more than 10 items or for help finding alternative online resources.

All University of Sydney staff and students can continue to request a digital copy of a journal article via Library Search.

Please do not place a hold via Library Search in addition to requesting the same item via this form.

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Please note that your UniKey is requested to differentiate between University of Sydney staff and students with the same name.

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Please note that under Fair dealing exceptions in the Australian Copyright Act there are limits to the number of chapters and/or pages that can be digitally provided from a single item.

The University of Sydney Library reserves the right to refuse to accept copying a request if, in its judgement, fulfilment of the request would involve infringement of copyright law.

I declare that I require the copy for the purpose of research and study and I will not use it for any other purpose, and I have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same material by an authorised officer of the Library. I will not use the copy except for research for a non-commercial purpose or private study and will not supply a copy of it to any other person.

I understand that there may be delays in providing the item I require, and that physical item requesting may change in response to COVID-19 directives.

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