Back to the future with O-Week

Part of the cover showing a scolar in graduation gown and hat painting the word Welkum on a building


Where: Fisher Library (level 3) and at the SciTech Library Exhibition Space

When: 22 February – 12 March, 2017

Orientation Week at the University of Sydney started in 1946. Staff at Rare Books & Special Collections dug into their resources to investigate the evolution of O-Week at Sydney Uni:

There were clubs and societies, social issues and lots of politics, from the conscientious to the cool to the kooky. The message was clear – embrace all of life during your time at Uni.

Check out our full program during O-Week.

Orientation Week 2017 in the Library

Orientation week 2017: 27 February to 3 March

Welcome to the Library!

We’re rolling out our red carpet and you’re the centre of our attention.

Come in and join us for a week of fun and excitement. We’ve planned some big and currently super-secret surprises to captivate your mind and senses.

On this page you find all the information you need to have fun and games in the Library during O-Week.

Discover your LibraryFemale student studying for an exam in SciTech Library.

Discover how you can find the resources you need to pass your exams by joining us for a one hour workshop in Fisher or SciTech Library. You will need to register for the session. You can select your preferred time and location in the schedule below and register here.

Don’t worry if you can’t get in right away. We’re offering a second round in the first week of Semester 1. You can find the dates and times below.


We have planned some great tours through Fisher and SciTech libraries. There is no need to register, just meet us in the Fisher foyer or at the SciTech info desk. If you click on the session times below in the program, you can add the tour of your choice to your O-week schedule.

Poster for the Escape Room event

Escape Room

Experience the Escape Room craze right here in the Library, in one of our themed interactive environments. Test your creative and investigative thinking skills to find the clues, solve the puzzles and get out of the room… in only 30 minutes.

Register online early, places are limited!

Exhibition: Back to the Future with O-Week

Rare Books dived into the history of orientation Week at Sydney Uni. You can find displays in Fisher and SciTech.

And much more…

If the weather gets hot, you might want to stay inside, chill out on one of our couches or take a glamorous selfie inside Fisher Library.

Do you have any questions during O-Week? Just pop them on the big blackboard outside of Fisher.

Program schedule


SciTech Library: Meet us at the info desk on the hour between 11am and 3pm

Fisher Library: Meet us in the foyer on the hour between 11am and 3pm

Discover your Library

SciTech Library: Training Room 4

Fri 3 Mar, 11am-12pm

Fri 3 Mar, 12:30-1:30pm

Fisher Library: Training Rooms 210 and 213

Thu 2 Mar, 11am-12pm; 210 and 213

Thu 2 Mar, 12: 30 -1:30pm; 210-213

Register for your preferred session.


After O-week: Discover your Library

Fisher Library Training Room 210

Mon 6 Mar, 12-1pm

Tue 7 Mar, 1-2pm

Wed 8 Mar, 12-1pm

Thu 9 Mar, 1-2pm

Registrations open 2 March

Students needed for usability testing. Help us to help you!

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a usability test focus group session as part of our commitment to delivery of client-focused quality service. This will involve reviewing a prototype version of the Library mobile app and indicating preferences toward functions that are presented.

When: Between Mon 27/2 – Fri 10/3

Time: 1pm – 2pm

How long: approximately one hour

Do I need to be an expert? 

No prerequisites required – we want to show you screenshots and describe the functionality of an App and just want you to give us your opinions.

What’s in it for me?

A $50 gift card will be provided at the end of the session.

What about my privacy?

We respect your privacy and the information we collect will be anonymous and only be used for our testing, not for any other purposes. Please feel free to ask us further questions if you have any concerns.

How do I register?

To register your interest, please email the following details to
First name:
Stage of study (e.g. 1st yr, 2nd yr):
Degree status (undergrad, postgrad (coursework), or postgrad (research):
Is English your Second Language? Yes/No
Are you an international student? Yes/No
Date preferences

Students from all different backgrounds are required.

“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff


You might see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Brain and Mind: 400 years of mental health research

Prinzhorn, Hans (c1926). Bildnerei der Gefangenen : Studie zur bildnerischen Gestaltung Ungeübter. Berlin : A. Juncker.

The exhibition uses the University of Sydney’s Rare Books & Special Collections to take us from the beliefs of antiquity in the ability of the liver to cause depression to the most recent neuroimaging and neuropathological understandings of how the brain might bring about our thoughts and feelings.

When: 5 December 2016-30 April 2017

Where: Fisher Library F03, Exhibition Space Level 2

Mental illness is a scourge that has always affected humanity, however our understanding of its origins and even more how to treat it has lagged. The exhibition examines the history of sometimes desperate treatments used to help people with a mental illness and our often shameful behaviour towards this vulnerable group in our society. Understanding mental health requires a detailed knowledge of neuroscience anchored in a broader psycho-social framework. Without this the power of physical treatments and the effectiveness of psychological approaches will be diminished. The exhibition illustrates the battle of ideas that have given us this knowledge.


Exhibition Team

Head curator: Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Discipline of Psychiatry & the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Guest curators: Doctor Richard White, Honorary Associate, Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, Associate Professor Ivan Crozier, ARC Future Fellow, Department of History

Library curators: Emily Kang, Rare Books & Special Collections Liaison Librarian – East Asian Collection; Bernadette Carr, Academic Liaison Librarian – Medical Program; Arian Grant, Graduate Librarian, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences

NEW: Honi Soit Digital Archive

All issues of Honi Soit from 1929–1990 are now available online, making the iconic, and infamous, part of student life at the University of Sydney publicly

The launch of Honi Soit Digital Archive is a culmination of a long-term project which started already in 2011 with the audit of the most complete set of Honi Soit anywhere in Australia housed at the University of Sydney Library. The often fragile issues of the newspaper were digitised in early 2016, resulting in more than 18,000 pages from 1530 issues, and over 1 TB of data. With the new website, the back issues of Honi Soit are now available as PDFs online for anyone to view and download, and there are plans to enable better search and greater functionality to this rich source of cultural and social history.

Funded by the Library, this digitisation project aims to preserve and sustain the archives of Honi Soit, and make them available to broader audiences. The Honi Soit Digital Archive was created as part of a broader digitisation program with the goal to unlock access to the significant and unique heritage assets that comprise our rare and special research collections at the University of Sydney Library.

To the archive!