University of Sydney Library sites and services across campuses are reopening!

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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.
  • Research Consultations – online meetings with Academic Liaison Librarians
  • PeerConnect – 1:1 video chat with a Peer Learning Advisor
  • Virtual Information Desk – face-to-face virtual help in the Fisher foyer

We’re looking forward to this step towards a more familiar Library environment!

For the most up to date information and what you need to know before you visit the Library, please see https://library.sydney.edu.au/help/covid-19/

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Some Library spaces will reopen on Monday 15 June

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For the most up to date information and what you need to know before you visit the Library, please see our COVID-19 page.  

The University of Sydney Library is happy to announce that five library spaces will be reopening for University staff and students from Monday 15 June 2020.

At this time access to Library spaces is limited to University staff and students via swipe with valid University ID only. 

  • Fisher and Law libraries will be open from 8am – 6pm every day.
  • Bosch Commons, Camden Commons and The Quarter will be open 24/7.  

As we open Library spaces and re-introduce services, the health and safety of students and staff are essential. Restrictions will be in place to ensure hygiene and 1.5m physical distancing at all times. Be considerate of the people around you and the spaces you occupy.

Fisher and Law libraries, Bosch and Camden Commons and the Quarter will open with access to study spaces, meeting rooms, books, journals and DVDs.

Online and modified services will continue to replace face-to-face services at this time.

  • Chat Now – live online chat service with Library staff
  • Research Consultations – online meetings with Academic Liaison Librarians 
  • PeerConnect – 1:1 video chat with a Peer Learning Advisor
  • Virtual Information Desk – face-to-face virtual help in the Fisher foyer

For a full list of available services, please see the COVID-19 page.

Changes Proposed to Library Desk & Open Hours in 2020

In an effort to provide concentrated support when you need it most and to simplify our hours across our sites, the Library is proposing changes to our desk hours and opening hours starting Semester 1, 2020.

The proposed changes include the following across our sites:

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Changes to Desk Hours

Fisher and Law libraries are open 24/7 (for those of you who like to study late!). Statistics tell us that 94% of our enquiries are received between 8am-8pm, so we are proposing a change to when our information desks are open:

Monday-Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday 
Fisher 8am-8pm  8am-8pm  10am-5pm  1pm-5pm 
Law 8am-8pm  8am-8pm  10am-5pm  1pm-5pm 

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Changes to Library Opening Hours:

To simplify our opening hours across our other Library sites, we are proposing to change when libraries are open at the following sites:

Monday-Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday 
SciTech 8am-8pm  8am-8pm  10am-5pm  1pm-5pm 
Health Sciences 8am-8pm  8am-6pm  10am-5pm  1pm-5pm 
Conservatorium 8am-7pm  8am-5pm  10am-5pm  – 
Nursing 9am-7pm  9am-5pm  –  – 

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Changes to Chat Now hours

Chat Now is a great way to chat live with a Library staff member for instant support. From Semester 1, 2020 we are proposing to extend our ChatNow service hours to the following:

Monday-Thursday  Friday 
Chat Now 8am-10pm  8am-8pm 

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What do you think about these changes? We want to hear from you!

Provide your feedback in this short survey.

The survey will close on Monday 28th October 2019 at 17:00.

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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.

The Library goes 24/7

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Reading in the Fisher Library
Reading in the Fisher Library

Looking for a space to study after hours?

The University Library is opening four spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the start of Semester 1.

You now can choose between the Fisher Study Space, Bosch Commons, The Quarter (for postgraduate coursework students), and Camden Commons (on Camden campus). Now you can find a space to think, study, and collaborate any time of the day.

All you need to access the space is your Campus Card. Visit the library web pages for more detail.

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