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

Borrow from our libraries

What you need to know

COVID-19 Borrowing has resumed across Library locations

Borrowing of physical resources (books, scores, etc) has resumed across University of Sydney Library locations. Fines, fees, requests and recalls have been reinstated as normal.

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.

For more details see Library COVID-19 updates or contact us.

  • Our main collection items are automatically renewed for you if no-one else places a hold. These items are renewed 4 times before you have to bring them back
  • You'll need to bring your staff, student, or library card to borrow
  • You can return items borrowed at most of our libraries or by post (we recommend registered mail). 2 hour loans must be returned to the library which it belongs
  • If you can't find an item on the shelf, please let us know with this missing item form.
  • If you want to request a book that's already on loan, see our requests and recalls page
  • If you need someone to borrow on your behalf, you'll need to complete the authority to borrow form
  • All staff and students can use Resource Sharing to access items we don't have
  • Rare Books and Special Collections are available for viewing by members of the University community and the public.
  • Journals and magazines are not for loan and are in-library use only. You can request a digital copy of an article to be sent directly via email.
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
    4 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
  • Rare Books and Special Collections
    How long you can keep items
    Reading room only
    9:30am - 4:30pm
    Renewals
    Not available
    How many items you can borrow
    3 at a time, or 1 box
Borrowing for University of Sydney Alumni
  • Library collections
    How long you can keep items
    12 weeks (unless recalled)
    Renewals
    4 renewals (unless recalled)
    How many items you can borrow
    Unlimited
  • 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
  • Rare Books and Special Collections
    How long you can keep items
    Reading room only
    9:30am - 4:30pm
    Renewals
    Not available
    How many items you can borrow
    3 at a time, or 1 box

To get a full list of what you can access online please check the Alumni section on the Library's membership page.

Borrowing for 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
    4 renewals (unless recalled)
    How many items you can borrow
    10 items
  • Rare Books and Special Collections
    How long you can keep items
    Reading room only
    9:30am - 4:30pm
    Renewals
    Not available
    How many items you can borrow
    3 at a time, or 1 box