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

Borrow from another library (Resource Sharing)

Need to access an item we don't have? We'll help you get a copy from another library through Resource Sharing

COVID-19 Resource sharing of physical items has resumed

Resource sharing of physical items between the University of Sydney and other libraries has resumed with some restrictions in place.

If you have borrowed a Resource Sharing (Interlibrary Loan) 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.

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

What is Resource Sharing?

Resource Sharing (previously called Document Delivery) enables University staff and students to request items to borrow which aren't available in our collection. We will get a scan of the item for you or arrange to borrow the item from another library so that we can loan it to you.

How do I request an item through Resource Sharing?

You can register for Resource Sharing and request items through the Resource Sharing request form

How many items can I borrow?

  • University staff and Postgraduate students can request up to 70 items in a calendar year.
  • Undergraduate students can borrow up to 10 items in a calendar year.
  • Please note, there may be additional restrictions for special items. We'll let you know if there are additional restrictions on an item you have requested.
  • All requests are subject to Australian Copyright Legislation, which may limit how much you can request from a book or journal.

How much will it cost me to request items?

There’s no charge for requesting most items. However, if the cost of obtaining the item exceeds $80, we may charge you a gap fee. We'll let you know if there will be a charge on an item you have requested.

How quickly will I receive my request?

  • Most scanned items are received within 7 working days, depending on the library we’re requesting from.
  • Most print items (eg. books) are received within 1-3 weeks depending on the availability of the book, and the location of the library lending us the book.

How will I know the progress of my request?

  • If you want to check the progress of your requests, you can do it through My account.
  • You’ll get an email from us to let you know when the item is available to borrow.

How long can I borrow the item for?

You can generally borrow items for 3-6 weeks. However, this may vary depending on the library lending the item.

Can I renew items from Resource Sharing?

Resource Sharing loan items normally can’t be renewed, but we will get in contact with the library that has lent us the item, and we’ll request on your behalf. Please contact the Resource Sharing Team to request a renewal.

Do you have more questions about Resource Sharing?

Contact the Library, see our 'document delivery' Frequently Asked Questions or email the Resource Sharing Team.

Information for other libraries

Our Library offers Resource Sharing services to other Libraries and information institutions.

Find out more about Resource Sharing services for external libraries