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Library membership

University of Sydney staff and currently enrolled students don't need to apply for a card, as your student or staff card functions as a library card
  • Want to know what you can borrow? See Borrowing from our libraries
  • Lost your card or need a replacement? See Replacement cards
  • If you need to change your contact details or address you can update this information online.
  • It's important to know that most memberships are for borrowing physical collections and you will not be able to access the our online collections from home.
  • Alumni members have access to some databases from home, see the Alumni tab below for details
  • There is limited access to public computers, and this cannot be guaranteed
  • These public access computers can access most of our online resources, for full details see our list of restricted access databases.

Joining the Library: Information for

Alumni

Available to graduates of the University of Sydney

What you can borrow:

  • items from the main collection
  • you can put a hold on two items at a time
  • 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

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

    Full-text of major academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world. The last five years of publication are not available for journals in this database except for those published by the University of California.

  • 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.

Cost

Your first 12 months of membership is free if you apply within a year of conferral - Check whether you are eligible to one year’s free membership before paying online. Membership is $80 a year after your free year. Pay online via the Student Centre (processed the next business day).

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • your online payment receipt or a credit/debit card (to pay in person)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Staff or students from another University (ULANZ)

Available to staff and students from a ULANZ participating institution:


What you can borrow:

  • items from the main collection
  • you can put a hold on two items at a time
  • 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

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.

Cost

  • $50 per year for students, free for staff members
  • Membership is from 28 February each year, regardless of when you sign up

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • your online payment receipt or a credit/debit card (to pay in person)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport
  • students must present a current Certificate of Enrolment or dated student card
  • staff must present a current payslip or show a current online staff directory listing

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Honorary, affiliates & conferred academic title holders

This membership is granted for up to 12 months, with the option to renew if you have continued affiliation with the University. If your card has expired, contact the Student Centre for a renewal or replacement. You’ll need to provide documents that confirm your continued affiliation with the University.

The categories of appointment that are classed as affiliates and are entitled to an Affiliates Card are:

  • Emeritus Professor
  • Academic Titles (Senior Executive Positions)
  • Adjunct Titles
  • Clinical Academic Titles
  • Conjoint Academic Titles
  • Honorary Titles
  • Visiting Scholars (library card only)
  • Research Titles
  • Administrative/Support staff

How to apply

The application form is only required for non-HR departmental appointments. If your affiliation is through the HR system, please visit the Intranet for information on how to get your card.

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form, signed by the dean or head of school or department
  • If applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time

Honorary degree recipient or retired staff member

Honorary degree recipients or retired staff members are able to access ProQuest Central.

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport
  • a letter from Human Resources or your department confirming your retirement from the University of Sydney

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Centre for English Teaching (CET)

What you can borrow:

  • items from the main collection
  • you can put a hold on two items at a time
  • 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

What you can access online

  • CET students can access Library databases using their Unikey and password, without needing a Library membership.

Cost

Membership options are $40 for 3 months, $80 for 6 months, or $160 for 12 months. Payment can be made online (processed the next business day) or in person.

The CET will refund your membership fee with presentation of the receipt of payment.

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • your online payment receipt or a credit/debit card (to pay in person)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport
  • proof of current CET enrolment

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Community borrowers

It's important to know that the Community Borrower membership is only available for individuals. We do not provide access for private education providers.

What you can borrow:

  • items from the main collection
  • you can put a hold on two items at a time
  • 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

What you can access online

  • It's important to know that Community Borrowers don'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.

Cost

Membership options are $40 for 3 months, $80 for 6 months, or $160 for 12 months. Payment can be made online (processed the next business day) or in person.

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • your online payment receipt or a credit/debit card (to pay in person)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Year 11 and 12 secondary students

What you can borrow:

  • items from the main collection
  • you can put a hold on two items at a time
  • 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

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.

Cost

Membership options are $25 for 6 months, or $50 for 12 months. Payment can be made online (processed the next business day), or in person. Membership for Year 12 students will automatically expire at the end of the school year.

How to apply

Complete the application form, and then university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • your receipt from paying online via the Student Centre or a credit/debit card (if paying in person)
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport, school ID which contains your full name and date of birth
  • Students under the age of 18 must present a form signed by a parent or legal guardian

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Research assistants

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)
  • photo identification such as your driver’s licence, NSW Photo Card or passport

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Temporary access for suspended students

You can apply for a temporary library card if you are:

  • a postgraduate student whose candidature is suspended
  • a student intending to do honours or study for a postgraduate degree
  • a higher degree by research student under examination (you have submitted your thesis and your Student Card has expired). You do not require a supervisor, course coordinator or head of department signature.

Complete the application form, and then email university.cards@sydney.edu.au, or visit the Student Centre with:

  • your completed application form
  • if applying by email, include a passport sized photo (see application form for photo guidelines)

Please allow 2-3 business days processing time.

Other categories of borrower

Other memberships are open to:

  • Foundation Program students
  • Members of the University of Sydney Foundation
  • Fellows or former Fellows of the University of Sydney Senate
  • Conservatorium Open Academy

For more information, please contact the Student Centre.