Today (Friday 27 November) is a significant day for the University of Sydney Nursing Library – this is its last day in Mallett Street on the second floor of the old Bonds Factory (originally built in 1917). After its doors close today, the library’s collections and staff will be relocating to the new Susan Wakil Health Building Library, opening in February 2021.
The Nursing Library housed the collections for nursing and midwifery, as well as material on the social sciences and biology. Students enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere and large space to spread out and focus.
Take a trip down memory lane
Watch this virtual tour of the Nursing Library (from 2012), featuring a young librarian who might now be one of the Library’s directors!
Learn about the history of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sydney
Our Nursing and Health Sciences libraries will close on 27 November and 11 December 2020 respectively, in preparation to move their collections, staff and services to a new home at the Susan Wakil Health Building Library, opening in Semester 1, 2021.
This move is part of the relocation of the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Central Clinical School to the Camperdown Campus by 2021.
University Librarian Philip Kent described the transition as a “historic moment”.
“Library colleagues and collections that have been central to nursing and health science communities for decades in our predecessor institutions will unite. We will deliver contemporary library services in a purpose-built new facility,” he said.
In the intermediate period between the Health Sciences and Nursing libraries closing and the new Susan Wakil Health Building Library opening in February, the resources from these collections will be temporarily unavailable.
If you need any of these resources in the interim, you will need to borrow them before the libraries close; alternatively you can use Resource Sharing to access material from one of the University’s partner libraries.
Key dates to remember
The Nursing Library will close on Friday 27 November 2020. The Health Sciences Library will close on Friday 11 December 2020.
Last date to
Health Sciences Library
Borrow an item
Return an item
Request to collect an item
If you need to return any borrowed items to these libraries after the relevant closing date(s), please take them to one of our other Library locations.
Any requested item not collected by the relevant closing date will be available for pick-up from Fisher Library the day after. This excludes 2-hour collection items which will be available from the Fisher Library slightly later: from 2 December (Nursing Library items), and 16 December (Health Sciences Library items).
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.
When you visit our library sites do you ever think of the story of these places, the culture of millennia integrally connected to the land we are on?
The Library has an exciting new project announcement! We’re commissioning digital artwork by First Nations artists to inform and celebrate cultural and historical context for our physical library sites and incorporate an Acknowledgement of Country. These artworks will be displayed on screens throughout library sites and on our huge ThinkSpace video wall.
This opportunity to highlight the story of the culture of the region is part of the University of Sydney 2020 program focussing on diversity and inclusion through a Wingara Mura grant from the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Services.
Visit our web page for more details and to access the link to the ‘Expressions of Interest’ document which contains the full artwork scope and specifications, key elements, timelines and terms and conditions.
We’ve redesigned our homepage to better communicate with you and madeour online help services easier to find.
From Monday 6th July, you will notice some changes around the Library website.
To help you discover Library initiatives and services, we’ve redesigned our homepage so you can see featured information without having to scroll down the page.
Say hello to Live Chat, on all pages
Previously called ‘Chat Now’, you’ll now find a ‘Live Chat’ tab in the lower right of your screen on all pages, so where ever you are on our website help is one click away. Even better, it’s now easier to start chatting with our staff – just type your message and connect instantly.
‘Ask Us Now’ renamed to ‘Frequently Asked Questions’
This is the same service you know and love. Use Frequently Asked Questions to find the Library’s answers to your top questions, 24/7. Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? It’s still easy to send a new question our way.
We’d love to hear your feedback about these changes as we continue to make improvements to the Library website.