Library Online Service Announcement: Planned Maintenance on Sunday, 3 July 2022

This scheduled maintenance is to improve and ensure a better experience for all users of library online services.

A scheduled outage is planned on Sunday, 3 July 2022 from 2 am to 2 pm (AEST), affecting certain library online services such as Library Search and Reading Lists, both on the Library website and app. Databases and room bookings will still be available during this period. 

In order to ensure our library community is well informed, we have compiled a list of popular questions to ensure everyone is properly prepared.


Q: Will I be able to access my Library account during the outage?
A: You will not be able to sign into Library Search to access your library account details. Your loans, requests, saved searches and collection will be retained.

Q: Will I be able to borrow physical items during the outage?
A: Yes, you will be able to borrow physical items and check them out with the Library’s self-check-out machines.

Q: How can I access online resources during the outage?
A: While Library Search is unavailable, you may go directly to our Databases page to access online resources.

Q: Will my links still work?
A: Links with AP01 in the URL will no longer work after the outage.  Clicking on the outdated link will redirect you to a page with the new URL. Make sure that you update any saved links to the new one. This is temporary and you will only need to do this once.

Q: Will Reading List CiteIt still work?
A: The CiteIt bookmarklet in your browser may stop working after the migration and you may need to reinstall CiteIt.

For any questions about the scheduled outage, please contact the Library or send an email to Kriselda Samson, Manager of Digital Services at

Library Printer in Residence – 2022

Printed work of Caren Florance

The library is very excited to have the Piscator Press active during Semester 1 once again, with Printer in Residence Caren Florance beginning her eight-week residency.

Caren’s project for the residency, ALT-SHIFT-PRINT, takes visual poetry as a starting point and will incorporate imagery via a variety of printmaking methods. As COVID has been such an important historical moment, she will be turning to a favourite classical text, Ovid’s Metamorphoses for a point of influence and connection.

Caren usually works on two consecutive outputs: something serious and sustained, and a body of peripheral, fun outputs that arise from orienting herself to the new space. As Caren describes her work:

I often work with letterpress in a traditional manner, but I’m more interested in the affordances of it as a relief printmaking process, pushing it into a more visual mode and experimenting with its relationship to digital processes. I’m interested in the ways it can print onto various materials, and how those materials can then be used.

If you’d like to see Caren at work on the Albion letterpress, swing by Level 1 at Fisher Library or book into one of her Open Studios:

A selection of Caren Florance’s work from her website

Printer in Residence Launch

Join us for a drink and some nibbles at the Piscator Press to celebrate Caren Florance’s residency and the outcome of her project ALT-SHIFT-PRINT. You’ll get to see the work Caren has been making during her time with the Press, as well as the publication which will become a part of our Rare Books and Special Collections.

Click here to register for the event

Dr Caren Florance Bio

Dr Caren Florance is an Honorary Assistant Professor in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research (CCCR) at the University of Canberra. She has also taught at the ANU School of Art and the National Art School. Her spectrum of publications are often made under the imprint Ampersand Duck and her work is collected by international and national institutions (usually libraries).

Advising everyone of culturally sensitive materials in our collection

The message advising of culturally sensitive material will start appearing from the 24th January, 2022

Last year, the University of Sydney Library published the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols to guide Library staff in promoting culturally safe practices across services, spaces and resources. 

As part of the protocol’s implementation, a new message will appear when people visit the Library website. It advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that materials in our collection may contain images, voices and names of people who have died.

The Library recognises the significance of the traditional cultural knowledges contained within its collection. However, it is important to note that some materials may be considered insensitive, outdated, or inappropriate in today’s context. These materials reflect the views of the authors and/or the period in which they were produced and don’t represent the views of the Library.

The Library thanks the DCV ISS for their advice and feedback on this project. This message is implemented as a further acknowledgment of our facilities residing on the ancestral lands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For thousands of generations, these people have exchanged knowledge for the benefit of all.

Learn more on this about our approach to culturally sensitive materials.

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. 

Update to Library spaces & Conditions of Entry

image of Fisher Library with text - Library services and hours have changed
image of Fisher Library with text - Library services and hours have changed

To prioritise wellness within the university community,  the opening hours for Library spaces have changed.   

We’re continuing to provide accelerated online services to assist and support you, so please reach out to us via Live Chat or PeerConnect. Our friendly staff are happy to help you thrive in your studies and uni life online.     

Conditions of Entry

The Conditions of Entry for University of Sydney locations and study spaces have been updated in line with current COVID-19 Public Health Orders (PHO).

Before you visit a University site please ensure you consult the current PHO and the University of Sydney Campus Conditions of entry including mask wearing and hygiene, physical distancing, best practices and restrictions. 

*For your safety, entry to all University locations including the Library requires a 3-step process: 

  1. Complete the Conditions of entry form upon arrival
  2. Check in via the Service NSW QR code 
  3. Swipe in with your current student/staff card

If you are visiting the Library don’t forget to show the completion of the Conditions of Entry form to Security

Library Hours

Fisher and Law Libraries are open to current students and staff only, with no in-person services.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm-8pm  

The following library spaces are accessible 6am – 11pm to current students and staff only. 

  • The Quarter (Postgraduate coursework students only) 
  • Camden Commons 
  • Carslaw Learning Hub 

Live Chat hours have been extended: 

Monday – Thursday 8am-10pm
Friday 8am-8pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am-2pm

SciTech Library, Susan Wakil Health Library, the Conservatorium of Music Library and other Learning Hubs will be closed to students and staff. 

External library return chutes will remain open at Fisher Library, SciTech and Health Sciences libraries.  

If you intend to visit a Library space please read our Conditions of Entry beforehand. 

We are committed to supporting students, staff and our community and will continue to update our Library spaces and services in line with COVID-19 Public Health Orders. For more information on the University Library’s response to COVID-19 and to learn about the library support available to you, please see our COVID-19 Support webpage:  


Welcome to the new Law Library Learning Commons

Law Library Lounge

Recent visitors to the Law Library might have noticed some construction taking place in the last couple of months. All of this was to create a new space just for you: the Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library Learning Commons. We are happy to announce that this area is opening on Tuesday 13 April!

This space is a great place to collaborate and relax. There are:

  • Three group meeting rooms
  • A range of comfortable seats – both modern and vintage-style
  • High tables with in-built power points and USB points to charge your laptop, tablet or phone
  • Wi-fi throughout the space
  • A water bottle refill station – so you can keep refreshed while you study
  • Hot and cold Zip taps
  • Four microwaves, so you can reheat your meals … once we are able to allow hot food in the library again (after COVID restrictions lift)
  • A new waste management system – including separate recycling, general waste and organics waste bins

Law Library Learning Commons – in pictures

Next time you’re on campus, come and check out the new Law Library Learning Commons in person. You’ll find it on the lowest level of the Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library, under the Law Building.