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Library spaces have reopened for current staff and students only. For more details see Library COVID-19 updates.

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

COVID-19 Access to Library spaces and borrowing has changed

Only current University of Sydney staff and students have access to borrowing and library spaces at this time. Some affiliates and CET students, with active staff or student cards, also have access to borrowing and library spaces. Building access is subject to Conditions of Entry.

Affiliates without an active staff card, CET students without an active student card, alumni, retired staff members, community borrowers, suspended students (not under examination), and all other clients do not have access to borrowing or library spaces, at this time.

If you require additional access or have any issues, please contact Campus Assist.
If you aren’t sure if you have an active staff or student card, please contact the Student Centre.

Library Card expiration dates have been extended

The expiration date of all Library cards due to expire between 1 February 2020 and 30 December 2020 has been extended until further notice. This includes staff, students, alumni and community members. Once we reopen to the wider community, all memberships will automatically be extended to cover the time the Library was closed to alumni and community borrowers.

Please note, any extensions to membership do not apply to access to online resources, as this type of access did not change during COVID-19 restrictions.

Access to electronic collections and databases

  • Current University of Sydney staff and students have access to electronic collections and databases using your UniKey.
  • Affiliates have access to electronic collections and databases using your Community ID.
  • Alumni have limited access to databases from home using your Community ID (see databases under Alumni heading).
  • Honorary degree recipients and retired staff members have access to ProQuest Central using your Community ID.
  • Community borrowers do not have access to electronic collections or databases from home and walk-in access is not available at this time.

The process for getting a Student Card/Library Card has changed

The requirement for a JP (Justice of the Peace) certification for a Library Card application has been temporarily waived. All other relevant documents, signatures and payments are still required. The Student Centre will now be posting all cards. Cards won't be available for pickup.

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

  • 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 won't be able to access 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
  • 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 sign into these databases, use your Community ID

  • Austlit: Australian Literature Gateway

    References to Australian authors and their works.

  • Emerald ejournals Full Text (1994 – present)

    Peer-reviewed journal articles which cover engineering, materials science, the major management & business disciplines, logistics, the built environment & environmental management among others.

  • JSTOR

    Full-text of major academic journals and scholarly literature from around the world. The last five years of publication aren't available for journals in this database except for those published by the University of California. Ebooks aren't accessible to Alumni members.

  • 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.

  • Sage Journals Online

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

  • 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're 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 borrowing for suspended students

Privileges

This membership allows you to borrow from our physical collections during normal Information Desk hours. Temporary library card holders aren't able to borrow from another library. Temporary library card holders only have access electronic resources if they still have an active student UniKey.

Postgraduate students under examination

Postgraduate students under examination no longer need to apply for a temporary library card and can continue to use their student card to use the Library. Postgraduate students under examination will continue to have full access to Library spaces and resources. If you're under examination and having trouble using your card, please contact your School or Faculty.

Eligibility

You can apply for a temporary library card if you're:

  • a postgraduate student whose candidature is suspended
  • a student intending to do honours or study for a postgraduate degree

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)

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.