The University Library provides information resources which support the learning, research and teaching activities primarily of current University of Sydney staff and students.
Alumni of the University, members of the Australian community and international scholars may have access to the Library.
Collections are available on open access where possible and are located where they can best be used by the greatest concentration of users.
Rare Book and Special Collections are acquired using endowments, external funding or by donation in accordance with existing collection strengths, research and teaching priorities. Other items or collections are considered according to their scholarly or other merits.
The Library collects and preserves the intellectual output of the University, in manuscript, print and electronic formats, through Sydney eScholarship and the Rare Book and Special Collections.
Where available and appropriate, journals and other information resources are provided in full-text, networked electronic formats and the equivalent print versions are not purchased or stored.
Gifts and donations of books, manuscripts and other resources are generally accepted for inclusion in the collections on the basis of relevance to the University's teaching and research programs and in accordance with the Library's collecting policies, as well as its donation guidelines and capacity to process and maintain the items. The Library reserves the right to decline or dispose of gift material.
Not more than one copy of a print title will be retained in the Library collection, unless the text is being used in current or continuing courses at the University of Sydney.
An ongoing program of review, transfer or disposal is maintained for all collections to ensure the currency and quality of the collection and optimum use of available space.
Print versions of electronic resources for which the Library has guaranteed access in the long-term will be assessed for transfer to store or disposal.