New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources Page

Our new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources page highlights a selection of materials in our Library, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and topics.

After the Library has rolled out and started the implementation of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols in 2021, we have adopted various cultural competent practices in the collection management, striving to provide a more ethical and diverse representation of knowledge and perspectives. 
Leveraging our Library service platform’s collection discovery feature that enables users to navigate defined collections owned by our Library, we will be launching the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources collection to highlight some of the materials in our Library that are either by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, or cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics. 
Users can sort the items within this collection either by “relevance,” “date-newest,” ‘date-oldest,” “title” and author. Although it is essentially a browse interface, the collection page also has a search function that matches users’ search queries against search fields, such as “title,” “author” and “subject”. 

Launched as the Library’s first featured collection, the aim of this collection is to encourage engagement with the Library’s First Nations content and enhance their discoverability for great reach. 
The Library not only acknowledges the need to respect and promote but also takes pride in our capacity to maintain this significant cultural collection. We understand the journey of curating this collection does not just end at its launch. Its development is truly a work in progress. So, please do let us know if there is any other material in our Library that should be included in this collection!

The Library App has integrated with the Sydney Uni App

Streamlining and improving the user experience of our community – the Library app as integrated with the Sydney Uni App.

In line with the University strategic objective of creating a single port of call for students and staff; the functionality of the Library App has been integrated with the SydneyUni App. This removes the need to install multiple apps and reduces maintenance workload.

Using the Sydney Uni app you can now:

  • Access Live Chat
  • Book a Desk, Study Space or equipment
  • Manage your item requests
  • Look up Library Opening hours and locations
  • Click through to the Library website to search databases, contact a librarian, keep up with the latest Library news and events, or do a virtual tour of our spaces!

It’s like having the Library in the palm of your hands!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions about our mobile app?  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where you can quickly find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Library App integration with the Sydney Uni app.

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Iconic: The Use and Misuse of the Red Cross Emblem

The Red Cross is one of the most identifiable icons of all time – since its inception in the 19th century, the Red Cross emblem has come to symbolise care and protection for people who are sick or injured. 

The Red Cross can be seen everywhere – on toys, medical supplies, and costumes. However, the Emblem is not meant to be a logo – it is a symbol that has its origins in an international law designed to protect the wounded and sick members of the armed forces during times of armed conflict, as well as to protect the persons who care for the wounded and sick. The Red Cross, and its associated Emblems, the Red Crescent, Red Crystal, and Red Lion and Sun, are meant to be used to denote the care and protection of the most vulnerable populations during times of armed conflict, and in certain strictly regulated situations outside of armed conflicts.

The iconic nature of the Red Cross emblem, and its connotations of care and protection, have seen the Emblem misused and misapplied in manifold ways.  What many do not know is that the Emblem is protected under both international and domestic law, and misuse of the Emblem is an offence under Australian law and may be, in specific circumstances, a war crime under international law – this includes both misuse of the Red Cross emblem, as well as displaying a white cross on a red background.

Iconic: The Use and Misuse of the Red Cross Emblem showcase some of the most common ways the Emblem has been misused in everyday life.  The aim of the exhibition is to educate and inform people that the Red Cross has a special meaning that should not be devalued.  The objects on display are shown in conjunction with the selections from the University’s rare book collection, which illustrate how the Red Cross came into being, how it has been protected in law, and how it has been used in practice in the century a half since its inception.

WHEN: 23 July 2022
WHERE: Fisher Library, Level 3 corridor

Rare Books & Special Collections New Virtual Reading Room

Introducing the Library’s new Virtual Reading Room and Teaching Space.

The Library is excited to announce that we will be launching a pilot Virtual Reading Room (VRR) service in July 2022 that will run for six months within our Rare Books and Special Collections library. This service uses special cameras and video conferencing (like Zoom or Teams), to provide remote access to our special collections.

Interested people can book online at least two days in advance of the session, and we’ll work with you to make sure we’re able to give you the best experience possible. With this pilot, we’re looking forward to finding out more about how we can better support clients with accessibility needs, those who cannot travel to the Library, or who would prefer to interact with Rare Books and Special Collections in their own space.

We will have more info soon on our Rare Book & Special Collections page, so watch this space!


What is a Virtual Reading Room?
Virtual Reading Rooms provide clients with real-time access to our unique and distinctive collections which are not loanable and have not been digitised. VRRs emerged as a service during COVID restrictions. VRRs use visualisers and online video conferencing platforms to provide a surrogate research experience for initial scoping of collections prior to digitisation, or as a surrogate for in-person research.

What is a Virtual Teaching Space?
A Virtual Teaching Space is very similar to a Virtual Reading Room and often uses the same equipment. Instead of being a one-on-one interaction, it is a part of object or collections-based learning and is most frequently one-to-many, with an expert delivering the session to an audience, and that allows for live interaction between audience and object. Virtual Teaching Spaces are used to make object-based learning available remotely and allow for teaching about our collections in ways that cannot happen with image-based digitisation.

Equipment for the VRR/VTS service
There are several ways of equipping a VRR service, ranging from a smartphone taped to a homemade stand through to high end visualisers costing tens of thousands of dollars with discrete lighting systems.

After examining the equipment currently used by colleagues in Northern Hemisphere libraries, we have made the decision to run the pilot service with an IPEVO VZ-X visualiser (right). We have selected this equipment as it has best fit with our user stories, is priced well, and has plug and play functionality.

IPEVO VZ-X visualiser

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

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