Florilegium – floral prints from Banks’ and Solander’s botanical discoveries

Florilegium a new exhibition of the Library's Rare Books and Special CollectionsThe Florilegium is a superb record of the botanical discoveries made by Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander between 1768 and 1771 during the voyage of HMS Endeavour.

Some staff and associates of the University of Sydney were asked to identify their favourite Australian plant from the Florilegium and these prints are on display in Rare Books and Special Collections.

When: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm; During first semester 2017

Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 1, Rare Books reading room


Easier access to course readings

In January 2017 the Library started to implement eReserve, a system to enhance student discovery of unit of study readings and make the process easier and more efficient for academics and library staff.

eReserve will make it easier for students to find and access their readings.

What we think you will love about the new system?


  • Simple and user friendly interface
  • Seamless access to readings located in one place embedded within Blackboard, no more having to check another system
  • Can see comments from your lecturer about specific readings
  • Readings are grouped into weeks that align with your lecture pattern

For Faculty staff

  • Faster processing – more control for academic staff enabling short notice additions to your lists
  • More transparency – you can see at all times the status of the reading lists (e.g. active, being processed, pending, need review)
  • Lecturers can see the number of times an item is viewed by students
  • Academics can get fast support from Library staff via the Help link
  • A system for tracking and controlling copyright and enhanced copyright reporting
  • Readings are located within Blackboard  (soon to be Canvas)
  • Various format reading resources can be uploaded (e.g. web links; AV/DVD, PDF)

Successful pilot projects

So far we successfully tested the system for the Sydney Law School, Psychology, Public Health and SLAM during Summer School and Semester 1. The response has been positive from both academics and students.

Full implementation

Faculties not part of the pilot will be transitioned to the new system over the coming months starting 31 July 2017 in readiness for Semester 2 this year or Semester 1 next year. The Library will be in contact with faculty staff in the coming weeks.

For more information about the system please email: library.uos@sydney.edu.au

Rare Bites – the Rare Books lunchtime talks

Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester in 2017 and beyond. If you want to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections at the University Library, this is your opportunity. Audience attendance is free for all.

Bring your lunch and be entertained, informed and inspired – Places are limited, so please register to secure your spot.

Schedule Semester 1:


Date and location Speaker Title
Tue, 28 Mar


Fisher Library Seminar room Lvl 2

Dr Richard White

Hon Assoc.; Discipline of Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney

Report on Lunatic Asylums by Dr Frederick Norton Manning (1868)
Wed, 3 May


New Law School Annex Seminar Rm 340

Assoc Prof Ivan Crozier

ACR Future Fellow, Department of History

please register here

Sexual inversion. By Havelock Ellis and John Addington Symonds (1897)
Tue, 23 May


Fisher Library F03

Seminar Room Level 2

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, Science Foundation for Physics

Please register here

Isaac Newton’s Principia (First Edition, 1687)


You can download all speakers bios and abstracts as PDF.

Watch this space for updates on the Semester 2 program!


Exhibition: The Meeting of Traditional and Creative Research

Professor Neal Peres Da Costa sitting on his piano.

When: 3 April – 27 May 2017

Where: GlassSpace & GlassCase, Conservatorium Library and Con High School

Research is at the heart of Professor Neal Peres Da Costa’s musical life. His research and practice developed from a keen interest in performing music of past eras; experimenting with historically relevant performing practices and sounding sources (to interpret music manuscripts). Peres Da Costa’s research area – historically informed performance (HIP) – challenges the researcher’s knowledge and experience. This research-based practice has led to the production of traditional (written) and non-traditional (performative) research outputs. The intersection of research and performance has propelled Peres Da Costa to “keep questioning ingrained habits and assumptions”. His written research features historical practices, while his performances experiment with such practices, “using imagination and informed intuition to read between the lines of the evidence and to fill in the gaps.”

Bright sparks : women in struggle

Where: Fisher Library level 3 and SciTech exhibition space

Our new exhibition Bright sparks: women in struggle features feminist authors from the Library’s East Asian Collection, to commemorate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

We have chosen authors from three countries on which our East Asian Collection focuses, and selected important works written by them. All of them are/were fierce fighters for women’s liberation, whose activism and written works continue to inspire many around the world today.

Find more about our East Asian Collection at https://library.sydney.edu.au/collections/east-asian/

New Library Customer Service Charter

We have updated our Customer Service Charter to let you know what you can expect when we deliver our services. Our Charter includes service standards that we will measure, review and report to let you know how we are doing. It also includes expectations of client behaviour to ensure that everyone enjoys their time in our spaces.

You can view the charter here: https://library.sydney.edu.au/about/governance.html.

We welcome your feedback on our Customer Service Charter here: https://www.research.net/r/lcscharter. You can also provide suggestions and feedback about any of our Library services by going here:  https://library.sydney.edu.au/contacts/feedback-form.html