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

Living Library


We’re super excited to be co-hosting our first Living Library!

Time: 12-2pm, Books are on loan for 20 minute slots during this period

Dates: Monday 27 March, Tuesday 4 April and Wednesday 12 April

LocationFisher Library, Seminar Room Level 2
Register to take part.

How does it work?

Just like any normal library, at the Living Library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from. Except the ‘books’, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with readers. Check out our amazing catalogue and register for your conversation.

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 – all welcome, no need to register or RSVP.

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


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


Abercrombie Bdg Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, Science Foundation for Physics

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!


Need a desk? Book-a-Desk!

Ever wander around the Library looking for a desk? Wander no more! We extended the trial of a desk booking system for Semester 1.

Students and staff may now book an individual desk at Fisher, Law, and SciTech libraries as well as in the Quarter . As part of an extended trial, approximately 115 desks will be bookable just like a meeting room.

To book a desk for up to 8 hours, go to http://sydney.edu.au/library/book-a-desk.