We’re excited to welcome you back to the Rare Books & Special Collections (RBSC) reading room in Fisher Library. After being closed earlier this year, the reading room has reopened for you to view the fascinating and priceless items held in these collections.
The reading room is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday by appointment only. Bookings are currently only available to University staff and students and need to be made at least two days in advance via Library Search. Walk-in access to RBSC without a booking is currently not available.
Self-service scanning and printing are available in the RBSC reading room. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently unable to provide stationery (e.g. pencils, notepad) or other materials, so we ask you to bring your own.
ThinkSpace, your very own tech haven, will be accessible by appointment. Book in a workshop or tech-time via our website.
SciTech, The Conservatorium, and Health Sciences libraries will be open weekends.
Requests and recalls will return to normal from 24 August (this includes overdue fines and fees). Use My account to see the items you have on loan, when they’re due or to renew.
Only current University staff and students have access to library buildings. You’ll need valid ID to swipe in, or register your attendance. We have Conditions of Entry to keep you and everyone else safe. These include practicing physical distancing and using hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes.
We’re excited to announce that the Strategic Publishing Toolkit is now live on the Library website. The Toolkit has been designed to support HDR students and newer researchers to make informed decisions about their publishing strategy. It contains information, tips, resources, and details of where to find help and support in one easy-to-use resource. You may also notice some slight changes to the website’s research menu to reflect the content changes. If you have linked to the old Research Impact LibGuide in your own guides, please update your links.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback and help us develop this resource.
LIBR1000 is an online course available through Canvas aimed to equip first year students with the essential information literacy skills needed to excel during their time at uni. The course has been developed specifically for Arts and Social Sciences students however, it will benefit all first year students, specially those with information & digital literacy course requirements.
83% of students responding to the semester 1 course survey, said LIBR1000 would be useful for their future studies. Here are some of the specific things students appreciated about the course:
“Its structured nature, and the ability to complete it online in my own time.”
“Learning about the Library Search tools and system”
“I found the module on breaking down the assignment question helpful and search criteria”
“Understanding the distinctions of each skill (eg. primary and secondary sources). Very good to refresh the memory.”
“The information regarding referencing and clearing the blurred lines of paraphrasing and summarising.”
The University of Sydney Libraries have begun to reopen with face-to-face services. Access to the Library continues to be for University of Sydney Staff and Students only, and Conditions of Entry apply in all locations. For the most up to date information on Conditions of Entry and to view a full list of services and opening hours, please refer to our website.
We are excited to see you soon in library locations across campuses!
You will be able to speak with library staff at information desks only, these areas are set up with protective screens and for the safety of everyone we still need to keep our 1.5m distance. Please do not approach staff who are working in other areas of the Library. You will be required to swipe your staff or student card and in some locations, register with a QR code at entry.
A brief overview of changes to hours and services that have been confirmed are as follows:
Fisher library will once again offer face-to-face services at the information desk Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
SciTech, the Conservatorium, Health Sciences and Nursing libraries will open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm with face-to-face services at the information desk during these times
Peer Learning Advisors will return to the Quarter (Postgraduate coursework student study space) and Camden Commons to offer face-to-face support
We are still here to help online!
Reach out to us via Live Chat if you need assistance.
Calling all students keen on making a strong start to Semester 2, and who want to get motivated for online study, now! Calling all students who want to tackle stress, improve their personal organisation skills, and build a strong social network at uni!
And…calling all academics and university staff who want to help their students start the semester on the front-foot: with healthy online study habits, a firm foundation of personal resilience, and the skills and confidence to tackle stress, and thoughtfully organise their time and their study routine!
Your University Library is teaming up with the University’s Student Life portfolio, and Student Support Services, to present a series of Online Study Tips workshops. This innovative, cross-university collaboration will strengthen the virtual (and on-campus) student experience of new, returning and International Students.
Each session will be full of hints and tips to ensure participants get the most out of online study, and will be delivered twice weekly in a casual, conversational online environment. And best of all, they’re hosted by our experienced team of student peers, who – as currently enrolled University of Sydney students- have a wealth of practical knowledge about healthy study routines, and navigating the often-challenging world of university.
These sessions will also give students with English as a second or other language a perfect opportunity to practice their English in a casual, non-judgmental environment.
Topics covered include:
Getting your study space ready for online study
Managing stress and motivation
Navigating your online classroom
Organising your digital life
We know the last 6 months have radically changed the way we all study, learn and work, so these sessions are for all students, including new and returning students, International students, or anyone wanting a bit of support developing healthy study-from-home/online learning skills.
To book, simply go to this page, scroll down and find the next Online Study Tips session (or sessions – you can attend more than one!) and register online. Academics and University staff – please pass this notice on to any students you think could benefit from it.
We can’t wait to see you – or your students – there!