Library Opening Hours

Our Live Chat services are changing leading up to the Labour Day Weekend.

Throughout the 2021 lockdown, the University has maintained safe places to study on campus, including at the Fisher and Law Libraries, the Quarter, Camden Commons, and the Carslaw Learning Hub. During the upcoming mid-semester break and in the lead up to the long weekend, University and Library staff have been given two days concessional leave, so that they can take a well-deserved break. 

The changes for each location and Live Chat are as follows:

Fisher and Law Libraries
Open from: 12pm – 8pm, Thursday 30th September – Monday 4th October

The Quarter (Postgraduate coursework students), Camden Commons, and Carslaw Learning Hubs
Open from: 6am – 11pm, Everyday

Library virtual services will be unavailable Thursday 30th September and Friday 1st October.
Live Chat normal hours of operation will resume from 5 October – check out our hours here.

You can still get online assignment support or help through our online subject guides.  

You can also submit a question and receive an answer by email; however, there may be a delay in our response during this time and we appreciate your patience. 

University Library and Learning Hub opening arrangements for the Seasonal Break and January 2022

On Thursday 23 December, all Library spaces and learning hubs will close at 5pm, as per usual practice leading into the seasonal break.

In recognition of the difficulties faced by students in accessing campus study spaces throughout the COVID019 lockdown, we’re very pleased to announce that the Carslaw Learning Hub will reopen on Friday 24 December and will be open each non-public holiday weekday throughout the seasonal break period, providing a welcoming space for students and researchers, particularly our newly arrived International Students.

We’re also planning to re-open CreateSpace, on an appointment’s basis, from 17 January 2022. Appointments will be available for students and staff, as needed, between 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Bookings can be made by emailing with a minimum three-day lead time.

In addition, the holds pick up service is planned for re-instatement at Camden Commons from 17 January 2022. From this date, staff and students will be able to select Camden Commons as their pick-up location for Library books located at other campuses.

Opening details for each library and learning hub is summarised below, with full details for Library opening and Information Desk hours and Conditions of Entry available on the Library website and the University Study Spaces webpage.

Available libraries

Fisher LibraryRare Books and Special Collections Reading RoomLaw LibraryConservatorium of Music Library
Current opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 9am-11:59pm

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed Over Seasonal Break

From 10 Jan:

Mon-Sun: 9am-11:59pm

Information Desk hours:

Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm

Sat: 10am-2pm

Sun: Closed
Current opening hours:

Mon-Tue: Closed

Wed-Fri: 10am-2pm (by appointment only)

Sat/Sun: Closed

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 2pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Tue: Closed

Wed-Fri: 10am-2pm (by appointment only)

Sat/Sun: Closed
Current opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 9am-11:59pm

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over Seasonal Break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Sun: 9am-11:59pm

Information Desk hours:

Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm

Sat-Sun: Closed
Current opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 1-5pm (Click and Collect only)

Sat/Sun: Closed

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over Seasonal Break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Fri: 1-5pm (Click and Collect only)

Sat/Sun: Closed

Available Learning Hubs

Carslaw Learning HubThe QuarterCamden CommonsPNR Learning Hub
Current opening hours:

Open 24/7

Thu 23 Dec: Closes at 5pm

Open over the seasonal break from 9am to 5pm on:

Fri 24 Dec

Thu 30 Dec

Fri 31 Dec

Tue 4 Jan – Fri 7 Jan

From 6am, 10 Jan

Open 24/7
Current opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

Current opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

From 17 Jan

Re-commence Holds

Pick-up service during opening hours.
Current opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 6am, 10 Jan:

Mon-Sun: 6am-11pm

Library services available online

Live ChatPeerConnect
Current hours of service:

Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm

Sat-Sun: Closed
Current hours of service:

Mon-Fri: 12pm-4pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

Thu 23 Dec: Closed for the year from 5pm

Closed over seasonal break

From 10 Jan

Mon-Fri: 12pm-4pm

Sat-Sun: Closed

Libraries and learning hubs returning soon

The following libraries and learning hubs are currently unavailable to clients and will remain unavailable in January 2022. The Library will consult with staff and stakeholders and re-open these spaces when appropriate. 

·      SciTech Library 

·      Susan Wakil Health Building Library 

·      ThinkSpace 

·      Brennan MacCallum Learning Hub

·      Abercrombie Learning Hub 

From all of us at the University of Sydney Library, may you all have a very happy and healthy seasonal break, and we look forward to supporting your academic pursuits next year.

International Day of People with Disability

We are celebrating International Day of People
with Disability on Friday, 3rd December 2021!

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day celebrated internationally. It is aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. Access, inclusion and diversity are part of our core at the University of Sydney Library. We’re proud to offer staff and students from all backgrounds the opportunity to get involved and build a stronger understanding of the challenges faced when living with a disability.

To celebrate the achievements and legacies of people with a disability this year the Disability At Work Network and Diversity Inclusion team have collaborated with the Library to develop this Spotify playlist. Tune in and enjoy! 

There are many other mediums and so much content online that captures what it means to live with a disability, and outlines things we can all do to improve accessibility in our communities.

Here are some ways you can get involved and learn more.

Celebrate with Music!

Musicians with disabilities

The Library project team have curated a list of musicians with disabilities (particularly artists who are also staff or students of the University of Sydney, past or present) as part the University’s Disability At Work Network’s (DAWN) of develop the Spotify Playlist.

From classical music to jazz and contemporary, the list is ever-growing!

Use this link to open the IDPwD playlist on Spotify

Panel Discussion with USyd Students

How invisible is an invisible disability? Myths and misconceptions from a student perspective and available support.

In this panel discussion we hear about the lived experiences of an invisible disability from current students, and explore why invisible disabilities are often thought of as less legitimate disabilities.

Use this link to watch a discussion on Invisible Disabilities with USyd students

Disability Inclusion Support Resources

Apps for Accessibility

On Canvas we have information and links to apps that may assist anyone who experiences difficulty with vision, hearing, reading, writing, physical dexterity, organisation and planning due to disability and temporary or situational impairments.

Use this link to visit the Apps for accessibility page on Canvas.

Clients with a Disability

Ensuring Library spaces, services and resources are easy to access for all clients is our priority. On the Library website, our Clients with disability web page is a guide to the support we provide all clients to help access resources and services needed for research and study.

Use this link to visit the Clients with disability page on the Library website.

TED talks

Tune in and learn about these important perspectives of people living with disabilities:

Nas Campanella: Finding a voice

Jessica McCabe: Failing at Normal: an ADHD Success Story

Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin: ListenABLE: a podcast about people living with a disability

Australian Society for Intellectual Disability: Disability Employment and Entrepreneurship

Mandy Hose and Kate Jones: Too Peas in a Podcast


Current University of Sydney students and staff have access to the excellent streaming service Kanopy. We highly recommend the films listed below. To set up your Kanopy subscription use this link.


This critically acclaimed short film explores the challenges faced by a hearing person with deaf parents. Set in the world of competitive dance, it was produced in 2019 by the University of Southern California.

Link to the film Coda on Kanopy.


Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land.

Link to the film Gurrumul on Kanopy.

Intelligent Lives

This film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities, challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

Link to the film Intelligent Lives on Kanopy.

Normal People Scare Me Too

A decade after the award-winning film about autism, Normal People Scare Me, Taylor Cross follows up with this sequel documentary including interviews of former and new cast members and family about attitudes and first-person perspectives/experiences in autism today.

Link to the film Normal People Scare Me Too on Kanopy.


Revisit Episode #15 “Disability Inclusion”. PeerPod is our bi-monthly podcast about topics relating to student life. In this episode our Peer Learning Advisors speak with Jack and Max about Disability Support Services; what they can do to assist with invisible disabilities and the positive impacts reaching out can have on your studies.

Reading List

We’re showcasing just a selection of books from our collection for Disability Inclusivity Week. Enjoy!

Transition to Retirement: a guide to inclusive practice

The Transition to Retirement (TTR) program aims to help older people with long-term disability gradually build an active and socially inclusive retirement lifestyle through volunteering and participating in mainstream community groups. Members of these groups are trained to act as mentors and provide support.

The three-year TTR research project and subsequent years of TTR service delivery have shown that this approach is feasible and has enduring positive outcomes for people with disability, mentors and community groups.

Find Transition to Retirement: a guide to inclusive practice in Library Search


Look me in the eye: my life with asperger’s

by John Elder Robison

Look me in the eye: my life with asperger’s tells of a child’s heartbreaking desperation to connect with others, and his struggle to pass as ‘normal’ – a struggle that would continue into adulthood. John Elder Robison’s memoir of growing up with Asperger’s syndrome (a form of high-functioning autism) at a time when the diagnosis didn’t even exist is both moving and blackly funny.

Along the way it also tells the story of two brothers born eight years apart yet devoted to each other: the author and his younger brother, who would grow up to become bestselling writer Augusten Burroughs and who has contributed a beautiful foreword to this book.

Find Look me in the eye: my life with asperger’s in Library Search


The one and only Sam a story explaining idioms for children with Asperger syndrome or other communication difficulties.

Aileen Stalker

This is the story of a boy who struggles to understand non-literal expressions. Throughout the story, Sam encounters a range of common idioms, each of which is accompanied by an illustration of its literal meaning and one depicting its actual meaning, helping children to explore what the idioms sound like and why they might mean what they do.

Find The one and only Sam in Library Search

Marcelo in the real world

by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

Find Marcelo in the real world in Library Search

Dyslexics dating, marriage and parenthood

by Neil Alexander-Passe

This new and innovative book aims to investigate adult dyslexics and their long-term relationships, along with their journey through parenthood. The book begins by investigating adult dyslexics and their childhoods, looking at their emotional and behavioural coping strategies. These adults, with others from a website for adult dyslexics, look at the impact childhood trauma has on dating, then on marriage/long-term partners.

A commissioned study interviewing long-term partners of dyslexics brings new perspective to understanding how dyslexia affects relationships and how they interact as parents.

Find Dyslexics dating, marriage and parenthood in Library Search

Visions : the inspirational journeys of epilepsy advocates

by Linda Sudlesky

Visions’ contains the stories of 50 people who have answered the call to advocate on behalf of those with epilepsy. They are people with epilepsy, family members, or friends who have been motivated by their own, unique experiences to make a positive impact in the lives of people who have epilepsy.

This book empowers people affected by epilepsy and inspires continued advocacy for what has been a misunderstood and underfunded neurological disorder.

Find Visions: the inspirational journeys of epilepsy advocates in Library Search

The Successful Dyslexic Identify the Keys to Unlock Your Potential

by Neil Alexander-Passe

This innovative book looks at the keys for success in dyslexic adults, comparing both those who are successful and less successful, enabling parents and teachers to use these keys to best support young dyslexics. These keys look at home life, school, career choices, working relationships, coping strategies, traits, unique selling points, and what is considered success for somebody with dyslexia.

Find The Successful Dyslexic Identity the Keys to Unlock Your Potential in Library Search

The Paralympic Games explained

by Ian Brittain

The Paralympic Games Explained is the first complete introduction to the Paralympic phenomenon, exploring every key aspect and issue, from the history and development of the Paralympic movement to the economic and social impact of the contemporary Games. classification in disability sport.

Find The Paralymic Games explained in Library Search

Blythe Spirit

by Sandy Blythe

This autobiography tells of the author’s life before and after the car accident that left him a paraplegic. Tells of the efforts he made to cope with his injuries, his triumph in co-captaining the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team which won the gold medal at the Atlanta Paralympics, his determination to complete a Masters degree in physical education and his work helping other victims of spinal injury.

The author runs a disability management company.

Find Blythe Spirit in Library Search

Locked In: The Will to Survive and the Resolve to Live

by Victoria Arlen

Paralympics champion and Dancing with the Stars contestant Victoria Arlen shares her courageous and miraculous story of recovery after falling into a mysterious vegetative state and how she broke free, overcoming the odds and never giving up hope, eventually living a full and inspiring life.

Find Locked In: The Will to Survive and the Resolve to Live in Library Search

The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

by Vassil Girginov

The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the definitive, officially-licensed account of the world’s greatest sporting mega-event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, aftermath and legacy.

Written by a world-class team of international Olympic experts, sports researchers and writers, the book offers comprehensive analysis of the full social, cultural, political, historical, economic and sporting context of the Games. From the political, commercial and structural complexities of organizing an event on such a scale, to the sporting action that holds the attention of the world for three thrilling weeks, this book illuminates every aspect of the 2012 Games, helping us to better understand the vital role that sport and culture have in contemporary global society.

Find The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Library Search

Without warning

by Damien Thomlinson

After losing both his legs in an accident in Afghanistan, Special Forces soldier Damien Thomlinson was determined not only to survive, but to meet life head on.

This is an uplifting story of guts, drive and exceptional resilience. Damien has set himself extraordinary challenges including walking the demanding 96km Kokoda Track in honour of a fallen comrade and becoming the public face of the Commando Welfare Trust.

Damien is now an aspiring Paralympian, determined to represent Australia in snowboarding.

Find Without warning in Library Search

Under the medical gaze: facts and fictions of chronic pain

by Susan Greenhalgh

This compelling account of the author’s experience with a chronic pain disorder and subsequent interaction with the American health care system goes to the heart of the workings of power and culture in the biomedical domain. It is a medical whodunit full of mysterious misdiagnosis, subtle power plays, and shrewd detective work.

Setting a new standard for the practice of autoethnography, Susan Greenhalgh presents a case study of her intense encounter with an enthusiastic young specialist who, through creative interpretation of the diagnostic criteria for a newly emerging chronic disease, became convinced she had a painful, essentially untreatable, lifelong muscle condition called fibromyalgia. Greenhalgh traces the ruinous effects of this diagnosis on her inner world, bodily health, and overall well-being.

Find Under the medical gaze: facts and fictions of chronic pain in Library Search

A Woman’s Courage : Inside Depression

by Christina Taylor

What is it like to live with depression? To feel you are in a black hole with no way to escape?

Christina Taylor presents an honest account of what it was like for her, keeping a smile on her face for the benefit of the outside world, as she battled daily with conflicting and abnormal emotions and behaviours. Finally, no longer able to keep up the facade, she attempted suicide.

Depression, once a taboo subject, is now a recognized and treatable mental illness.

Find A Woman’s Courage : Inside Depression in Library Search

Life After Darkness: A doctor’s journey through severe depression

by Cathy Wield

Life After Darkness is the remarkable and moving story of a doctor and mother of four who endured seven years of severe depression. Self-harm, attempted suicides and admissions to psychiatric units culminated in her resorting to brain surgery as a final attempt to escape her illness.

The story of Cathy Wield covers the horrors of time spent in archaic institutions and the loss of any hope, to a full recovery following surgery. Today she has returned to her career and rediscovered the joys of life and her family. This story is one of hope from an often hidden and stigmatized disease.

Find Life After Darkness: A doctor’s journey through severe depression in Library Search

Improved resource sharing service

Improving your Resource Sharing experience
– with just one click!

The Library is improving the way students, researchers and staff can request items from beyond our collections. Currently, if you would like an item that we don’t hold in our collections—such as a book or a digital copy of a journal article—you have to fill in a Resource Sharing request form.

From Monday 22 November 2021, when you use Library Search to find an item that isn’t in our collections but is available in a partner institution, you may be able to get a book or a digital copy of a book chapter or journal article—with just one click! This new service will automatically include the item details, without having to fill in a long form. You’ll also be able to better track your item (and download digital items you’ve requested) using My Account.

We will expand this service over the upcoming weeks, and fully launch the improved resource sharing service on Monday 31 January 2022. Until this date, you can continue to request items as you normally would using the Resource Sharing request form.

We welcome feedback on the resource sharing service and improvements, please take a few minutes to fill in the Resource Sharing Feedback Form. If you have any questions regarding resource sharing or this improved service, please contact Jeff Cruz, Associate Director Site Services at or Katrina McAlpine, Associate Director Publishing and Data Services at

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week
From 13-19 November 2021

Transgender Awareness Week 2021
 is coming up from 13-19 November, culminating in Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. People and organizations around the country participate in the week to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. It’s also a chance to take real action to support the trans and gender diverse community – and that starts with education! 

To help raise trans visibility and awareness among the University of Sydney community, the Library has arranged for Minus18 to deliver a lunchtime keynote presentation and Q&A on Friday November 19.

The session will provide context on Trans Awareness Week, provide a personal narrative from the presenters, statistics around bullying and discrimination facing trans and gender diverse people, and practical tips for active allyship. This event is open to all University of Sydney staff and students.  

Event Details 

What: Transgender Awareness Week Keynote 

When: 12pm, Friday 19th November

Please join us at this important event by registering below:

Discover More Ways To Get Involved

Host an Activity

In person or digitally, at work or in your community, hosting a Trans Awareness Week activity celebrates trans pride and encourages everyone to learn about gender diversity and trans allyship. Our advice: keep it simple! Have fun, start conversations, and fundraise to make a real impact.

Visit the Minus18 website and download their digital toolkit (located on the top of their page).

Trans Awareness Week Digital Resources

The team at Minus18 has all the digital resources you need to have an amazing Trans Awareness Week activity. Articles, Zoom backgrounds, educational resources, shareable social media tiles, videos to play – it’s all there.

Educate and Learn: Intro to Visible Allyship

Being an ally to the trans and gender diverse community is more than just waving flags. We’ve developed training and keynote opportunities that bring your cohort along on this journey. It’s all easy to understand and engage with, no matter their age or existing knowledge.

Easily Add and Manage Your Pronouns On Zoom

Zoom now easily allows pronouns to be added and displayed on your user profile page. Just enter your pronouns in the custom text field on your profile page. Then, choose how and when they are shared during Zoom Meetings and Zoom Video Webinars.

Get Exam Ready!

Our Exam Ready Program is coming soon!
November 8th – December 4th 2021

The Library is getting ready to launch our Exam Ready program for Semester 2, with a wide range of study and support events to help you to manage stress and achieve your best in your final assessments for the year! Here are six things to check out at the Library’s Exam Ready program, November 8 to December 4.

In the meantime, if you want to get started early, check out the Preparing for exams workshops run by the Learning Hub! Register here:

And have a look through the Library’s ExamReady playlist on YouTube!

Tips for taking online exams 

The online exam process is still super new, and if it’s your first time taking your exams online this session is PERFECT for you!

It’ll be run by the University and Library’s Peer Support teams, with input from staff from Educational Integrity and ICT, and the first session will be delivered in both Mandarin and English.

Plan your ExamReady 

Tackling the exam period without a plan is ONE way to go about the end of semester but if you want to give yourself a chance to manage deadlines, minimise stress and maximise productivity, you’re going to need get your calendar in order. Head along to this simple, one-hour workshop to guarantee that you’ll have your own strategy to get you through to summer break.

Practice Mindfulness with a counsellor 

Let’s face it, the exam period is super stressful. Sometimes you can work through the stress with simple things like a short walk or a cup of tea, but if you need a bit of extra help, we are here to help.

The lovely staff from the University’s Counselling and Psychological Services are running a couple of mindfulness sessions to give you strategies for keeping the stress at bay!

Focus & Study! on Zoom

Looking for some last-minute study tips to get productive? Want some company while you study? Or maybe you want the motivation of a study coach to help you get to work?

Every Thursday afternoon throughout Exam Ready you can log in to this dedicated study session on Zoom, hosted by the Library PLAs, guaranteeing you a productive session of tips and study, using the Pomodoro Technique to help keep you on task!

Keep Calm and Keep Posting

Head over to this online social wall to share your positive vibes, motivational music, inspirational study break views and everything else that is helping you get through the end-of-semester stress.

The Library has partnered with Batyr to share some great wellbeing resources too!

Ask the SRC

Worried something might happen on the day of your exam?

Post your questions on slido and ask the SRC anything you want to know about: academic appeals, special consideration, academic misconduct & dishonesty allegations.

Sydney Rare Book Week

Come celebrate Sydney’s
Rare Book Week again!

Sydney is once again celebrating Sydney Rare Book Week
(25 to 29 October) with an exciting free online program this year. Every day at 4 pm, a panel will discuss the importance of books, memorabilia, historical records and collecting, followed by a Q&A session. 

Bring your afternoon tea and join us!

You need to register separately for each event
– registration details are provided for each session. 

Wednesday 27 October: The Sydney Harbour Bridge:
an Australian icon 

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s cultural icons, recognised worldwide. But how much do you actually know about this famous bridge? Join us for this panel discussion with speakers from the University of Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum and Moore Theological College to delve into the bridge’s history:  its design, planning and construction, the people involved, the political climate and societal impact. This one-hour online event will feature a panel discussion, followed by ample time for audience questions. Bring your afternoon tea and beverage of choice and join us to be informed and entertained. 

Read more about The Sydney Harbour Bridge: an Australian icon 

Panel moderator:

Julie Sommerfeldt
Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections, the University of Sydney Library

Panel speakers:

Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson
Senior Lecturer in Australian History, University of Sydney.  

Anni Turnbull 
Curator at MAAS and her expertise includes the social history of Sydney and NSW. This includes significant sites of Sydney, and in particular the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Anni aims to incorporate people’s stories in museum and library collections and make them accessible through oral and video histories, exhibitions, web stories and podcasts.  

Erin Mollenhauer AALIA(CP) ASAAM
Team Leader, Library & Archives at the Donald Robinson Library, Moore College, where she has worked since 2012. She is responsible for the rare book collection and the Samuel Marsden Archives, a collecting archive focusing on Anglicanism and evangelical Christianity. She holds a Master of Information Studies (Librarianship) from Charles Sturt University, and a Graduate Diploma of Archives and Records Management from Curtin University.

Dr Cameron Logan 
Urban and architectural historian and director of the postgraduate program in Heritage Conservation at the University of Sydney. He is currently working on a book on the adaptive reuse of buildings, and developing a project about architecture and the urban crowd. He is the author of Historic Capital: Preservation Race and Real Estate in Washington, DC (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), which was awarded the Society of Architectural Historian’s Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award. He is co-editor of Fabrications: the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.