University of Sydney Library Collections

The University of Sydney Library provides a rich and diverse collection of resources that support and further the teaching and research programs of the University.  From rare books and extensive print collections through to a Wide-ranging electronic resources and research data, these collections provide a scale and depth necessary for a leading research-intensive University. 

Electronic resources are licenced for use by all University staff and students irrespective of location and are accessible through the catalogue, CrossSearch and the Library database pages.  Access is also available, under licence, to alumni and other Library and community members.
Most of the Library's print collections are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. See this page for more information on call numbers, from our catalogue help pages.
Collections (books, serials, non-book materials, etc.) are housed throughout the Library system according to subject area. Material is generally available for use by all members of the University of Sydney community. For details of the collections in our libraries, see the individual Library pages.

Collection Management Principles

Collection review

Gifts policy

Reference collections

Materials such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, indexes and abstracts for specific subject areas are available in the reference collections of most libraries. Increasingly, this information is available in electronic format.

Reference material listed in the online catalogue will have the letters REF in the call number. Reference (REF) is usually a separate sequence of material.

Storage

Older material from Library collections is held in Storage. Such material will have Storage as its location in the Library catalogue.

Items may be requested via the catalogue, from the Information Desk in any library, or by using the online form. Check the Library catalogue for the local availability of more recent editions of the items, which are likely to be easier to access.