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
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 Years Students especially those with information & digital literacy course requirements.
Almost 70% of students that responded to the course survey in 2019 said that LIBR1000 would be useful for their future studies. Here are some of the things they said:
“One of the best things about this course is I actually applied what I have learned here to my actual study and assessments.”
“The topics were very useful in helping me learn proper citations and how to use Library Search.”
“It allowed me to evaluate my knowledge of referencing and citation as well as what sources to use and when.”
“It provided a good introduction on how to use information literacy most effectively in our studies, and how the library resources facilitate this.”
The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals.
Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.
need to analyse large volumes of text in your research? Would you like your
class to learn about text and data mining research methods? The Library can
assist with our new text and data mining support service.
is the process of applying computational methods to large scale text datasets
to discover new insights that may not be revealed through reading and analysis
at a human scale. This approach can open-up new areas of scholarly enquiry,
enhance your research practise or provide your students with new research
Library is currently trialling a text and data mining support service for
Higher Degree Research Students and Academic Staff.
the support services include:
Access to online information & subscribed tools
Advice on resources for text and data mining
Consultation on text and data mining concepts
Consultation for forming a search strategy for corpora creation
Delivery of lectures and hands on training sessions for undergraduate classes
Negotiation for expansion of Library subscribed collections & digitised cultural collections for mining
We’ve designed a bunch of (free!) workshops and events to help you get the most out of Uni. Here’s how to cruise through semester 2:
1. Develop a study routine
The temptation to binge watch a
Netflix series, clean your room or scroll through Facebook when studying at
home can often be too hard to deal with. Not to worry…we have the solution: Eliminate
distractions & sign up for our ‘Focus and Study’ sessions.
These sessions use the Pomodoro technique and are all about short bursts of intense productivity. By committing to 2 hours every week of study away from your usual study spot at home, your study productivity will increase & your uni results are bound to improve!
Focus & Study Sessions
When: Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm
Where: Fisher Library Digital Scholarship Studio, level 5
Are you a postgraduate student? Join ‘Focus & Study’ every Wednesday & Saturday 1-3pm at the Quarter Event Space
No need to register for sessions – just drop in.
2. Make the most of everything the Library has to offer by learning ‘How to Library’
Countless books and online
resources, printing, study rooms, computers and expert staff ready to answer
all of your questions – the Library has it all!
‘How to Library’ will give you an intro to everything you need to know to get started and harness the power of the Library.
How to Library Sessions
Bring with you: Your own device e.g. iPad, laptop, phone (this is optional)
provides you with the foundational skills set to
be the ultimate annoying Library goer. From talking in silent zones, leaving
behind food scraps, eating near computers and desk hogging, this course will
equip you to irritate those around you with confidence. Awesome!
What skills will I learn?
Spread unpleasant food smells and attract insects
Learn how to
strategically leave food scraps and rubbish on desks so the strong smell of
your half-finished big mac, ramen and extra cheesy pizza linger in the maximum
air space possible. You will also learn how to attract a multitude of insects
with your left-over rubbish to gross out others. If you choose to further your
studies in ANOY1002 you will build on this skills set and learn how to attract
colonies of insects and potentially start infestations in Library spaces.
Damage electronic equipment
ANOY1001 provides you
with the knowledge on how to successfully damage electronic equipment by eating
hot food and drink near and on top of computer systems. You will learn skills
in how to spill your soft drink, coffee and hot food in the most effective angle
to guarantee the damage of different types of equipment. Equipment covered in
the course includes computers, printers, photocopiers and audio-visual equipment. You will
also learn to identify what types of drinks and foods cause the most stickiness
when spilt on keyboards.
Make excessive noise in the silent zone (silent zones)?
In this module you
will learn the skills to make the most noise possible in an area clearly marked
with blue silent zone signage. Learn unacceptable behaviour when in the silent
zone including: how to loudly talking on the phone, how to laugh really loudly
and how to contribute to a loud group conversation of participants talking over
each other to maximise the irritability of others studying in the space. Also
learn skills in how to project your voice to maximise the volume of noise you
Take up study spaces with unattended belongings
An ultimate annoying
skill, this course will teach you how to leave your belongings unattended
spread out on desk spaces to avoid other people from studying. This component
of the course includes various on campus tutorial excursions where you will
learn practical skills in walking away from your study desk to various on
campus destinations (coffee carts, other study desks, food outlets) for
extended period of time.
Spread cigarette smoke in non-smoking areas
In this final
component of the course you will learn how to annoy passers-by by smoking in a
geographically strategic manner that reaches the largest amount of air space
possible and so your cigarette smoke lingers for the longest possible time.
You will learn how to
avoid designated smoking areas on campus, and learn how to smoke in non-smoking
zones so that the maximum number of people around you unwillingly passive smoke.