Fern Room

The Schaeffer Fine Arts Library is one of the leading art libraries in Australia in terms of the academic quality and breadth of its holdings. The collection incorporates the Power Research Collection and the Power Visual Resources Collection.

The library also houses a permanent exhibition of works by John Wardell Power, whose bequest provided for the establishment of the library collection. The exhibition is a joint project by the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture and Sydney University Museums.

Allen, Jack & Cottier architects designed the Schaeffer Fine Arts Library as a synthesis of both modernist and humanist ideals. The Library's clean-lined formalism and its open structure focuses on the beauty of light. Large Wilkinson-inspired windows in the main reading area provide a vista over the tennis courts and playing fields of The Square, and mezzanine study areas are naturally lit by skylights.

Mezzanine level

Schaeffer Library epitomises the influence that intellectual curiosity can have on architecture and the reciprocal rewards that beautiful surroundings can exercise on the scholarly mind.

The library is closely associated with the Department of Art History and Film Studies and provides specific materials and facilities for students undertaking courses offered by the department. The library is also open to other university staff and students, members of the arts community and the general public.

Using the Library

  • Schaeffer Library is a reference only library - borrowing is not permitted.
  • The library is a facility for quiet private research - group discussion areas are not available.
  • Please switch all mobile devices to silent mode when in the library - do not make or receive voice calls
  • Please do not bring food and drinks into the library (allowance is made for bottled water and other beverages in resealable containers, however drinks in open containers and food are strictly prohibited).

Opening Hours

Library opening hours are as shown in the table below. Please note the Change of Hours for any interruptions to regular hours.
During Semesters
Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 7:00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5:00pm
UA Common Week, Mid-year and Christmas Break
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1.00pm / 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Change of Hours
The Schaeffer Library will be closed from Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July 2018.


Senior Librarian:

The Schaeffer Fine Arts Library
Level 2, RC Mills Building (A26)
Fisher Road
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: 61 2 9351 2148
Fax : 61 2 9351 7624