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.

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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.


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!

And much more…Student taking a power nap in the Sleep Pod in Fisher Library

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


Tours Discover your Library 

Meet us at the info desk

Fisher Library

Meet us in the foyer

SciTech Library

Training Room 4

Fisher Library

Training Rooms 210 and 213

Wed 1 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm Wed 1 Mar, 12pm – 12:15pm Fri 3 Mar, 11am-12pm Thu 2 Mar, 11am-12pm; 210 and 213
 Wed 1 Mar, 3pm – 3:15pm  Wed 1 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm Fri 3 Mar, 12:30-1:30pm Thu 2 Mar, 12: 30 -1:30pm; 210-213
 Thu 2 Mar, 10am – 10:15am  Wed 1 Mar, 2pm – 2:15pm
 Thu 2 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm  Thu 2 Mar, 11am – 11:15am
 Thu 2 Mar, 3pm – 3:15pm  Thu 2 Mar, 12pm – 12:15pm Discover your Library after O-week: Fisher Library Training Room 210
 Fri 3 Mar, 10am – 10:15am  Thu 2 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm
 Fri 3 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm  Thu 2 Mar, 2pm – 2:15pm Mon 6 Mar, 12-1pm
 Fri 3 Mar, 11am – 11:15am Tue 7 Mar, 1-2pm
 Fri 3 Mar, 12pm – 12:15pm Wed 8 Mar, 12-1pm
 Fri 3 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm Thu 9 Mar, 1-2pm
 Fri 3 Mar, 2pm – 2:15pm Registrations open 2 March: https://tinyurl.com/jlyob29
Wed 1 Mar, 12pm – 12:15pm
 Wed 1 Mar, 1pm – 1:15pm
 Wed 1 Mar, 2pm – 2:15pm
 Thu 2 Mar, 11am – 11:15am


“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 available.digital-page-to-honi-link-image

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!

Congratulations to our prize winners

Our 1st prize winner: Bonnie Stanway a University of Sydney post graduate student.

During September 12-25, the Library conducted a client satisfaction survey. All current students were eligible to enter a prize draw after completing the survey.

Our first prize winner of a $1,000 pre-paid visa card is Ms Bonnie Stanway a postgraduate student at the University.bonnie-stanway-insync-instagram

After cycling to uni on the first day of semester this year, Bonnie was hit by a car and had to undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery. It was a tough call to continue with her full time Masters, but she found the University was really supportive.

She says: “Bookending the year with a win like this is really special. Another sign post that shows me it was worth all the hard work and studying.”

Congratulations, Bonnie!


We’re pleased to announce the prize winners for one of ten $50 pre-paid visa cards:


Ha An Ngo,

Molly Patricia O’donohue

Xinyue Jin

Emily Venn

Nicolas Nunez Serra

Clementine Astrid Isadora Sugita

Lilian Ma

Shivang Agal

Nicole Malonzo

Daniel Jin-young Kim


Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who completed the survey.



Need a desk? Book-a-Desk!

Ever wander around the Library looking for a desk? Wander no more! book-a-desk-web-res_1594

We will be piloting a desk booking system for four weeks just in time for Study Vacation and the Exam Period.

From Monday 24 October to Friday 18 November you may book an individual desk on Level 5 of Fisher Library and along the City Road bench at SciTech Library. As part of a pilot project, approximately 80 desks will be bookable just like a study or meeting room. Bookings will open on Saturday 22 October.

To book a desk for up to 2 hours per site, go to http://sydney.edu.au/library/book-a-desk.