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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?
  • If you need to change your contact details or address you can update this information online.
  • For individuals that aren't staff or students of the University of Sydney, it's important to know that membership includes borrowing physical collections and you will not be able to access the full range of our electronic 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:

  • First 12 month membership is free, as long as you apply within a year of completing your studies
  • Annual cost is $80
  • To join, complete the application form, and submit the form, proof of graduation, photo ID such as a driver's licence and your payment to Student Centre
  • You can renew online (we accept Visa and Mastercard).
  • 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

    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.

Staff or students from another University (ULANZ)

Available to staff and students from a ULANZ participating institution:

  • Annual membership that expires on the 28th of February each year
  • Annual cost is $50 for students, and free for staff
  • To join, complete this application form, and submit the form, and evidence of current enrollment or employment to Student Centre.

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

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.

Honorary, affiliates & conferred academic title holders

  • To join, complete the application form, and have it signed by the Dean, Head of School or department head.
  • Submit the form in person to Student Centre, or email the completed form and a passport syle photograph to Student Centre.
  • Database access is available via UniKey or library card.

Honorary degree recipient or retired staff member

  • If you're a retired staff member, obtain a letter from Human Resources or your department confirming your retirement from the University of Sydney.
  • To join, complete the application form, and submit it to Student Centre.
  • To renew, contact Student Centre.
  • Access to 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.

Community borrowers & Centre for English Teaching

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

  • Membership options are $40 for 3 months, $80 for 6 months, or $160 for 12 months.
  • To join, complete the application form, and submit it to Student Centre.
  • You'll need to provide photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license.
  • CET students will need to show proof of current enrolment.
  • For CET Students, the CET will refund your membership fee.
  • To renew, you can pay online, or in person at the Student Centre.

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

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.

Year 11 and 12 secondary students


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

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.

Suspended candidature & research assistants

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 Student Centre.