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Borrowing for University of Sydney students and staff

This includes:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Honours students
  • Postgraduate students
  • Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) students
  • All staff
  • Honorary, affiliate and conferred academic title holders
  • Library collections
    How long you can keep items
    12 weeks (unless recalled)
    Renewals
    Unlimited renewals (unless recalled)
    How many items you can borrow
    Unlimited
  • 2 hour loan collection
    How long you can keep items
    2 hours
    Renewals
    If no-one has booked
    How many items you can borrow
    2 at a time
  • BONUS+
    How long you can keep items
    21 days
    Renewals
    1, unless recalled
    How many items you can borrow
    5 for Undergrads
    10 for Postgrads & staff
  • Journal volumes from storage
    How long you can keep items
    2 hours
    Renewals
    Not available
    How many items you can borrow
    2 at a time
Alumni
  • Library collections
    How long you can keep items
    12 weeks (unless recalled)
    Renewals
    Unlimited renewals (unless recalled)
    How many items you can borrow
    Unlimited
  • 2 hour loan collection
    How long you can keep items
    2 hours
    Renewals
    If no-one has booked
    How many items you can borrow
    2 at a time
  • Journal volumes from storage
    How long you can keep items
    2 hours
    Renewals
    Not available
    How many items you can borrow
    2 at a time

What you can access online as an alumni member

  • It's important to know that while you will get access to some of our online resources from home, we can't give you access to everything due to licensing restrictions.
  • We have public access computers that will allow you to search most of our databases, but there is limited access to public computers, and availability is not guaranteed.
  • For more information, see the list of our restricted access database page.

Databases available to alumni members from home

To login to these databases, use the library borrower number on your card

  •  Austlit: Australian Literature Gateway

    References to Australian authors and their works.

  • JSTOR for individuals

    Use the free Register and Read option for individuals, which lets you read up to three articles every two weeks. You first need to set up a personal registration (MyJSTOR Account) for access.

  • Macquarie Dictionary

    Search the Macquarie Dictionary Fourth Edition - Australia's national dictionary and thesaurus. The Macquarie Dictionary is constantly updated with new words as they enter our language.

  • MIT Press journals

    Access to selected journals from MIT Press. Red dots beside articles indicate no access.

  • OECD iLibrary

    OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) publications, including documents, periodicals and statistical databases.

  • Project Muse

    Useful for multidisciplinary research in arts, social sciences and humanities.

  • ProQuest Central

    A large multi-disciplinary database including full-text journals, with indexing and abstracts for more, covering humanities, social sciences, education, health and medical, science and technology, business and management.

  • Sage Journals Online

    Full-text journals covering health, life, materials and social sciences, engineering and humanities.

  • Scopus

    Multidisciplinary database that provides citation analysis of authors and subject areas. alumni Library members have only access to references and abstracts and not the full-text.

  • Adam Matthews historical databases

    Unique primary source collections from archives around the world with a focus on humanities and social sciences.

All other library members

This includes:

  • University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) members
  • Community borrowers
  • Secondary school students in Year 11 or 12
  • Community borrowers Aged 16+ Years (members of the public)
  • CET Students
  • Foundation Program students
  • Members of the University of Sydney Foundation
  • Fellows or former fellows of the University of Sydney Senate
  • Conservatorium Open Academy
  • Rollins College of Australian Studies Program students
  • Universal Education Centre students

What you can access online

  • It's important to know that you won't get access to online resources from home due to licensing restrictions.
  • We have public access computers that will allow you to search most of our databases, but there is limited access to public computers, and availability is not guaranteed.
  • For more information, see the list of our restricted access database page.

What you can borrow:

  • You won't be able to borrow items from 2 Hour Loans
  • Library collections
    How long you can keep items
    12 weeks (unless recalled)
    Renewals
    10 renewals (unless recalled)
    How many items you can borrow
    10 items