Celebrating Wear it Purple Day 2020

Join the Library on Friday 28th August to celebrate Wear It Purple Day! Wear It Purple Day is about showing LGBTQIA+ young people that they are accepted and have the right to be proud of who they are. This day is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTQIA+ young people that they are seen and supported.  

Wear it Purple Day was founded in 2010 in response to global stories of rainbow young people who took their own lives following bullying and harassment resulting from the lack of acceptance of their sexuality or gender identity.  

If you’d like to get involved, the University’s Pride Network will host a discussion via Zoom on the topic of “Growing through Discrimination”. The panel will share personal stories and empower you with practical tools and support to traverse bullying, which is experienced by 3 in 4 young LGBTQIA+ Australians. Whether you are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, we encourage you to join this event that celebrates difference. RSVP to the Wear it Purple Day event.

Stop the presses – we’ve got a new website!

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After months of hard work, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of our new website.

The Library website has been evolving organically over the years with ongoing integration of new services and software. Over time the website has grown too confusing, too complex and too difficult to navigate. There was a need for a complete redesign in order to make the website simpler to use, responsive for mobile devices, and reflective of the changing role that the Library plays in the University community.

So what’s new?

The new website has been optimised for smart phones and tablets, allowing staff and students to access the Library content on the go. But that’s not all. It has a simplified navigation and clear visual hierarchy, prioritising the most frequently used features. It has consistent, intuitive and clear labelling to enable easy access to study and research materials. It highlights new library services. Finally, the new website makes it easier and quicker to find what you need wherever you are.

The new look and structure of the website is based on in-depth interviews with staff and students, and extensive user testing of the prototype. We are grateful to all involved, including Library staff who worked tirelessly to finalise the website in time for Semester 2.

We look forward to hearing any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments about the new website.

Fisher and Law Libraries go 24/7!

FB-banner-247v4Following the successful launch of The Quarter, Bosch and Camden Commons at the start of Semester 1, Fisher and Law libraries will be open 24/7 from the start of Semester 2. Great news for students with no hanging around at 10pm to get into the small level 3 space. Staff can also take advantage of this new service. Students and staff will have:

  • access to all collections including 2 hour loans and holds
  • 2713 study spaces
  • print/copy/scan facilities
  • bookable discussion rooms
  • kitchen facilities
  • self-issue machines to borrow books
  • self-service returns.

Both libraries are going to be staffed by security personnel only, which means that some of the library services are not available, including:

  • bonus and interlibrary loan pick-ups
  • help through staffed Information and ICT points
  • SYDPAY card encoding
  • paying fines in person.

Please remember to bring your student or staff card as you will need this to access the building. If you have any more questions, please ask a member of staff.

Email scam targeting Library clients

It came to the Library’s attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting Library clients.

Some of our clients received an email that appears to be coming from the University of Sydney Librarian “Anne Bell”.

The email informs users that their accounts have expired and provides a link to reactivate their accounts. The link redirects them to a bogus webpage that looks similar to a Library’s “Login web page.

If a client inputs their UniKey details on that page their account credentials will be compromised.

The email and web page are not affiliated with the University of Sydney. Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If anyone entered their information on the web page, they should contact ICT as soon as possible and report a possible compromise and change their UniKey password.




ANZAC display! A new exhibition the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections

25 March to Friday 5 April 2013

ANZAC material from the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections is on display in the Fisher Library Level 2 exhibition area until Friday 5th April.

Notable items include the Gallipoli diary of Francis Badham Oliver, C.E.W. Bean’s personal copy of the ANZAC book which was compiled by troops in the trenches and camps of Gallipoli in 1916, and the Sydney University Union War Service Record of Captain Percy Storkey, recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for acts of bravery in wartime.

The display is open the same hours as Fisher Library.

Recognising a Nobel Laureate: Sir Robert Robinson

 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1947, awarded to Sir Robert Robinson, “for his work on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids” is on display in Rare Books andSpecial Collections, Fisher Library until the end of November 2011.

Find out more at our current exhibitions