Free Lunchtime Talk on Late Medieval Spanish Manuscripts

Join us for an upcoming lunchtime talk by Dr David Andrés Fernández: Sacred space, music and liturgy in Late Medieval Spanish Manuscripts.

fol. 19 verso from Add.Ms. 420. “Poissy Processional.” 10 Mar. 1501: n. pag. Print. (One of the books discussed in the talk: a written and illuminated book of plainchant music that contains the liturgical processions used by nuns at the Dominican convent of Saint-Louis de Poissy at the beginning of the sixteenth century, between 1500 and 1510.)

Dr David Andrés Fernández is a visiting scholar from Complutense University of Madrid, Musicology and he will be discussing his latest research findings concerning some of the liturgical manuscripts recently purchased by Rare Books and Special Collections.

These manuscripts include books for both Cathedral and Monastic use, dating back to the thirteenth century. Many of the books focus on the period from Christmas to Epiphany.

Although provenance for a number of these manuscripts cannot yet be established with any certainty, repertorial and decorative evidence in some of the books points to links with the liturgical agenda of Salamanca Cathedral. Two monastic antiphonals and one gradual are identified with religious communities (Servites, Jeronymites, Augustinians) and one of these appears to have been associated with a particular house of nuns (Our Lady of the Snows).

Tuesday 20th August, 1pm – 2pm

Fisher Library
Seminar Room, Level 2


Numbers are limited so please register here.

It’s that time of semester once again… and we’ve got your back.

It’s that time of semester once again. Campus is filled to the brim of sleep deprived students, highlighted study notes and the presence of stress lingering in the air is strong. Exams.

But not to worry! The Library and the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention) have got your back!

We’ve got lots of activities lined up to support you during exams:

Breakfast Club

Remember Mum saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? If you’re planning on getting stuff done & having a productive day, start it off right with free breakfast at Fisher Library and The Quarter. It’s also a great opportunity to meet others. It’ll be a cereals-ly good time!

Fruit and Freddo handouts

Keep an eye out for Library staff across libraries handing out free fruit and Freddos while you study in the lead up to exams. You’re welcome.

Free coffee with a Cop

Re-fuel with a free coffee outside Fisher Library & chat with the STAR team.
Chat about where to go for help and support at Uni.

Yoga and Meditation

Relax, breathe and reset. Attend a free yoga or meditation session to refresh your body and mind and stress less these exams. Free fruit is also provided at the end of each session.

Visit the Library website for more information and for the full program of Exam Ready events held by the Library and the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention) this semester.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Seminar Series – Videos

Image by Sarah Lorien

Between May and November 2018, the University of Sydney Library Cultural Competence Community of Practice in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) hosted a series of seminars examining various perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges. The seminars were presented by experts on areas including History and Language, Cultural Astronomy, Connection to Country, Visual Art, Health, and Perspectives on Gender. The video recordings of these sessions, accessible via the below links, remain a valuable resource for members of the University community wishing to wishing to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.

With permission, these seminars were recorded and are available here as videos.

  1. History and Language, Presenters: Professor Jakelin Troy, Matt Poll and Joel Davison.

  2. Cultural Astronomy, Presenters: James Smith, Robert Fuller and Carla Guedes

  3. Connection to Country, Presenters: Dr Peter Ampt

  4. Visual Arts, Presenters: Djon Mundine and Janelle Evans

  5. Health, Presenters: Elizabeth Elliott and Professor Jane Latimer

  6. Perspectives on Gender. Presenters: Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Laimena ‘Wilo’ Muwadda, and Darren Budda-Deen


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series

Sydney Uni

The Library is delighted to invite you to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series. Run in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), our Seminar Series will include a total of 6 talks held during this year, presented by experts on areas including: History and Language, Cultural Astronomy, Connection to Country, Visual Art, Health, and Perspectives on Gender.

Attendance is open to all University staff and students, and presents a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to extend their cultural competence and to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series is now complete for 2018. We would like to thank everyone who participated and attended. To view the series recordings online click here

History and Languages
May 18
Speakers: Prof. Jakelin Troy & Matt Poll

Cultural Astronomy
June 15
Speakers: Robert Fuller, Carla Guedes & James Smith

Connection to Country
August 17
Speaker: Dr Peter Ampt

Visual Art
September 21
Speakers: Djon Mundine OAM, Dr Lynette Riley & Janelle Evans

October 19
Speakers: Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM & Professor Jane Latimer

Perspectives on Gender
November 16
Speakers: Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Wilo Muwadda, Darren Budda-Deen

Living Library


We’re super excited to be co-hosting our first Living Library!

Time: 12-2pm, Books are on loan for 20 minute slots during this period

Dates: Monday 27 March, Tuesday 4 April and Wednesday 12 April

LocationFisher Library, Seminar Room Level 2
Register to take part.

How does it work?

Just like any normal library, at the Living Library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from. Except the ‘books’, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with readers. Check out our amazing catalogue and register for your conversation.