Updated Proposed Library Desk and Opening Hours for 2020

So that we can provide concentrated support when you need it most and to simplify our hours across our sites, we are suggesting some changes to our desk and opening hours. Earlier this semester we asked for your feedback on these proposed changes.

We’ve listened to your feedback and made a number of updates to the proposed changes. Once again, we want to hear your feedback.

Proposed changes for 2020 include the following across our sites:


Changes to Info Desk Hours

Fisher and Law libraries will remain open 24/7 for University staff and students.

In response to feedback and client data, we are proposing a change to when our information desks are open:


Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Fisher and Law Libraries 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 24 hours
Fisher Info Desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Law Info Desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm


Changes to Library Opening Hours

To simplify our opening hours across our other Library sites, we are proposing to change when Libraries are open at the following sites:


Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
SciTech Library 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm
Nursing Library 9am-7pm 9am-5pm


Changes to Chat Now hours

Chat Now is a great way to chat live with a Library staff member for instant support. From Semester 1, 2020 we are looking to extend our ChatNow service to the following hours:


Monday-Thursday  Friday 
Chat Now 10am-10pm  8am-6pm 


Opening hours will remain the same in Health Sciences and Conservatorium libraries

In response to feedback and client data, opening hours will not change at Health Sciences and Conservatorium libraries. Hours at those libraries will remain the same as in 2019:


Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Health Sciences Library 8am-9pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm 1pm-5pm
Conservatorium Library 8am-8pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm closed



What do you think about these changes? We want to hear from you!

Provide your feedback in this short survey.

The survey will close on Monday 2nd December 2019 at 17:00.


Fritz Schonbach: Exhibition

Fritz Schonbach was 18 when Nazi forces invaded Austria in 1938 and he was forced to flee. While his parents went to Argentina, Schonbach escaped to London where despite being a Jewish refugee he was eventually declared an enemy agent.

Collection of sketches 1 (Hay Internment Camp, 1940)
Schonbach, Fritz Pencil on paper

On the 10th of July 1940 Schonbach, along with 2,000 other German speaking Jewish men, became passenger aboard the infamous HMT Dunera and bound for Australia. The conditions and treatment aboard the Dunera were horrific, but Schonbach was content as long as he was creating his art.

Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

With only a stub of pencil, he recorded the journey and conditions on the Dunera, his arrival in Sydney, and his time at the Hay Internment Camp through a series of beautiful drawings, satirical cartoons, and later watercolor paintings. During his time in the Hay camp, Schonbach and two other young men created a bi-weekly newspaper that was remembered fondly by the other internees for years to come. At such a young age, despite the often-depressing conditions and the prohibiting aspects of camp life, Schonbach managed to view this time in his life as an adventure where he was free to follow his artistic passion.

Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

After his internment, Schonbach became a member of the 8th Employment Company of the Australian Army under the command of Captain. E. R. Broughton. He was released from duty by 1946, a demoralizing entire year after the end of the war, at which time he moved to Sydney and began a painting and drawing degree at what is now the National Art School. During his three years of study Schonbach became engaged to local photographer Beverley June Heydon. They were married in 1950 and travelled for several years before eventually settling in Buenos Ares, where Schonbach worked as an artist, illustrator, and cartoonist, and he and June had two children.

“He Say He Wants to Travel by Liner – Not by Mistake” (Hay Internment Camp, 1941)
Schonbach, Fritz Pencil and Watercolour on Paper

His paintings from this time are vibrant and evocative. Never completely content in the politically and socially unstable Argentina, Schonbach eventually moved with his family to the US, and then later to Canada where he lived until his death in 2011. Throughout his life, art continued to be a central theme and driving force.

This exhibition celebrates Schonbach’s work from very difficult to exciting times of his life.

The Archive of Australian Judaica has been operating since the 4th of July 1983 within Rare Books and Special Collections at Fisher Library, The University of Sydney. The Archive of Australian Judaica houses over 32 partial or complete collections of both prominent and lesser known Jewish community organisation, some of which are now non-operational. It also houses over 80 individual collections of prominent Jewish people that have impacted life in the Australian Jewish Community and Australia. You may also wish to visit our collaborative repository for Australian Jewish records, the Archives of the Australian Jewish Historical Society

This Exhibition has be curated by Laura Kevan. Laura is a current Master of Museum and Heritage Studies student at the University of Sydney. Previous she completed a Bachelors of Art Theory with first class Honours and the University Medal from UNSW: Art and Design, with a focus on contemporary war memorials and commemoration. Having been volunteering and interning with art organisations across Sydney for the last few years, Laura has applied this knowledge and experience to her current internship with Australian Archive of Judaica (AAJ) studying the artworks and life of Fritz Schonbach, developing an exhibition, and writing his bio for the AAJ website. A lifelong lover of 20th century art, Laura has visited numerous art galleries worldwide and has spent years on its study. As such, the chance to handle and engage with Schonbach’s work has been an exciting opportunity. His life is truly a wonderful untold story, and the artworks, firsthand accounts, and period newspapers from the Dunera and Hay Internment Camp available in the AAJ are impressive and interesting.

See the Fritz Schonbach on display at Level 4, Fisher Library, 15th November 2019 – 3rd April 2020, or visit the online exhibition.


‘Peerpod’ is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.

Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

Listen to the podcast today!

The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals. 

Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.

Closure of SCA Library

In preparation for Sydney College of the Arts relocating from Rozelle to the Camperdown/Darlington campus, SCA Library will close on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 6.30pm.

Physical items that form part of the SCA Collection will be unavailable from Wednesday 27 November 2019. You will be able to borrow these items again as you normal would from Camperdown / Darlington Campus from Thursday 9 January 2020.


Below are some important dates concerning the closure: 

Returning Library Items

If you need to return library items, the SCA returns chute will close on Thursday 28 November 2019. After this date, items can be returned to a Library with return facilities. Find other library locations here: https://library.sydney.edu.au/libraries/locations.html


Requesting an item to be collected at SCA

The last day to request an item to be collected at SCA Library is Wednesday 20 November 2019.


Picking up a requested item from SCA

If you have requested an item to be picked up at SCA, the last day to pick up your item is Wednesday 27 November 2019. After this date, reserved items will be sent to Fisher Library.


Requesting SCA items for pick up at other Library locations

The last day to request an SCA collection item to be picked up at another Library site is Monday 25 November 2019.


Request a tour of Camperdown/Darlington Campus Libraries

There are five libraries located on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus with over 5,000 study spaces and many facilities available to staff and students for learning and teaching opportunities.

Discover 3D printing workshops, nap pods, 24/7 spaces, postgraduate-only study spaces, kitchenettes, Printing Press workshops, Rare Books and Special Collections and so much more!

If you are a SCA student or staff member interested in a tour of Camperdown/Darlington spaces to learn about the support and facilities available to you, please register your interest online.

Enhance Your Research and Teaching with the Library’s New Text and Data Mining Support Service


Do you need to analyse large volumes of text in your research? Would you like your class to learn about text and data mining research methods? The Library can assist with our new text and data mining support service.


Text mining is the process of applying computational methods to large scale text datasets to discover new insights that may not be revealed through reading and analysis at a human scale. This approach can open-up new areas of scholarly enquiry, enhance your research practise or provide your students with new research methods.

The Library is currently trialling a text and data mining support service for Higher Degree Research Students and Academic Staff.

Some of the support services include:

  • Access to online information & subscribed tools
  • Advice on resources for text and data mining
  • Consultation on text and data mining concepts
  • Consultation for forming a search strategy for corpora creation
  • Delivery of lectures and hands on training sessions for undergraduate classes
  • Negotiation for expansion of Library subscribed collections & digitised cultural collections for mining


See the support available to you, or visit the text and data mining page for more information.