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December 2009

  • 18 December: Burkitt Ford Library closing permanently
    The Burkitt Ford Library will be closing permanently at 5pm on Friday, December 18, 2009.  High demand material from Burkitt-Ford Library collection  is now available from the Medical Library and other items can be requested from Storage. Books can be returned to any of the other University of Sydney Libraries.
    All services including  document delivery, eReserve  and research appointments will now be available from staff located in the Medical Library

    Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for more assistance.

  • 8 December: Sydney Push: new memoir
    Sydney in the 1950s was a place just starting to break free of the strictures of wartime rationing and conservative values. Strongly influenced by the teaching of University of Sydney philosopher John Anderson, the Sydney 'Push', together with the Libertarian Society, was among the front-runners in the search for freedom. It was a group committed to discussing new philosophical ideas and opposing restrictions on political and sexual behaviour. Sydney University was one of the first bases for the Push, while later haunts were various cafés and hotels in Sydney, including the Lincoln Coffee Lounge, and the Tudor, Royal George and Criterion hotels. The emergence of this movement, which has left a lasting impact on Sydney's cultural and intellectual life today, is documented in a revealing new memoir by Richard Appleton, an early member of the Push, published by Sydney University Press. Appleton, or 'Appo' as he was known, embraced the ideas of anti-authoritarianism and sexual freedom and experimented briefly with communism. The story of his life reveals some of the vast changes in Australian society over two thirds of the twentieth century. Appo was a poet, author and editor, driven by a love of language and a desire that Australians might better understand their country and themselves. He worked as an Argentine ant killer, a farm worker and a tram conductor, before starting editorial work for various publishers, including Sydney University Press. From there, his role as editor of the Australian Encyclopedia and his involvement in the Australian Labor Party carved out a place for Appo in the cultural and political landscape of Sydney. Appo: Recollections of a member of the Sydney Push provides a fascinating insight into the life and times of Appleton and his friends. It examines the Push and their desire to be 'those who dissent'. As Barry Jones has commented, it is 'a valuable and provoking memoir'.

    Appo: recollections of a member of the Sydney Push is published by Darlington Press, an imprint of Sydney University Press. ISBN: 9781921364099

  • 8 December: Fly me to the Moon, exhibition on display until 2 April 2010
    Call into the SciTech Library and see the current exhibition "Fly me to the Moon" inspired by two significant events in 2009, the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's Moon landing. A selection of books by authors, who measured, discussed and dreamt about the Moon showcase some of the Library's rich resources of early scientific works. The exhibition, which includes early titles of science fiction, was sourced from the University of Sydney's Rare Books and Special Collections Library.



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November 2009


  • 09 November: Australian Bureau of Statistics Microdata presentations

    Tuesday, 24 Nov 2009 2:00pm-3:00pm, Fisher Library Victoria Park Room Level 5 (Camperdown Campus)
    Thursday, 26 Nov 2009 10:00am-11:00am, Health Sciences Library Room R112 (Lidcombe Campus)

    The following topics will be covered in presentations: 
    • Applying for Microdata (CURFS) using the new online application system called MiCRO
    • Confidentiality procedures
    • Methods and modes of access
    • Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL)
    Microdata is available for many research areas including business, child care, disability, health and mental health, income and expenditure, literacy and life skills, social and time use surveys, family characteristics, health, education and work.  Presenters will focus on confidentiality and methodology, RADL and MiCRO, they will also be available to answer your questions about this valuable service.
    These sessions will be of interest to any researchers and students interested in the use of Australian Bureau of Statistics confidentialised datasets.

    Please register online at the following web site to attend any of the two sessions.



  • 6 November to 28 January 2010: Enchanting Taiwan photographic exhibition

    taiwan pic

    The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) is proud to present the Enchanting Taiwan photographic exhibition with the support of the University of Sydney Library. The exhibition comprises 80 photographs. Selections have been shown in several Australian cities, but this is the first time that all of the works are being displayed together. The images were shot by 67 different photographers, each artist capturing a unique aspect of Taiwan. Studies range from neon-lit cityscapes to scenes of pristine natural beauty. Among the most stunning are the marble canyons of Taroko National Park and the stark salt fields of southern Taiwan. Some of the works focus on the rich traditions which have evolved from agrarian culture and folklore, evoking a world of ritual, religion and dazzling spectacle. Importantly, the collection also features images of Taiwan's indigenous cultural heritage.



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October 2009

  • 30 October: ScienceDirect scheduled outage

    ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 9 hours on Sunday 1 November 2009 from Noon - 9:00pm.


  • 27 October: Trials of Adam Matthews’s historical databases are now available

    A trial access has been setup to the following 16 databases:

    • America, Asia and the Pacific, The American West
    • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
    • The Nixon Years, 1969-1974:
    • Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980 (Section I: 1949-1956):
    • Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961:
    • Eighteenth Century Journals Portal
    • Everyday Life and Women in America, c.1800-1920
    • The Grand Tour, India, Raj and Empire
    • Literary Manuscripts (Berg), Literary Manuscripts (Leeds)
    • Macmillan Cabinet Papers, 1957-1963
    • Mass Observation Online
    • Perdita Manuscripts: Women Writers 1500-1700
    • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
    • Victorian Popular Culture
    • Virginia Company Archives and Women in the National Archives

    Links to the above databases can be found on the Library Databases trial page

  • 14 October: New title from Sydney University Press – Casino Club NSW: Profits, tax, sport and politics

    A new book that goes behind the scenes to investigate the financial and political workings of the NSW club gaming industry will be launched on the 14 October 2009 by the Honourable Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW, just days before a draft report of Commonwealth Productivity Commission Inquiry into gambling is due out.
    Casino Clubs NSW: Profits, tax, sport and politics, by Betty Con Walker and published by Sydney University Press, proposes a review of public policy towards clubs, of the way gaming revenues are taxed, and the accountability of the club industry.

    The NSW club gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar business with big clubs operating more poker machines than many casinos, but not subject to the same scrutiny as casinos. Their supposed status as ‘mutuals’ allows them to pay little, if any, corporate income tax. Above all, they benefit from low state tax rates on gaming profits – far below their competitors, hotels.

    Casino Clubs NSW describes how big clubs have attained and retained a dominant position in the gaming industry. While recognising the enormous positive role of small mutual clubs, it questions the continuing government support to big clubs through tax and regulatory concessions.

    Using carefully gathered evidence, it explores claims that the bulk of club profits from gaming are spent on contributions to the community and the sponsoring sport. As Con Walker shows, the gaming revenues of clubs are primarily spent on management, capital works and subsidised sales of food and alcohol.

    Casino Clubs NSW also presents the story of public campaigns, private lobbying and back-room machinations aimed at blocking a 2003 decision by Premier Bob Carr and Treasurer Michael Egan to increase taxes on the gaming profits of clubs. Carr and Egan resisted the 2003 campaign but incoming Premier Morris Iemma backed down in order to obtain the support of some disaffected backbenchers. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being lost in state taxes, and the price is rising.

    Casino Club NSW: Profits, tax, sport and politics
    can be found at the Sydney University Press website.



  • 13 October: Open Access publishing research seminar

    : Friday 16 October 2009 2.30 – 4pm

    Presenter: Sten Christensen from Sydney eScholarship Repository, University of Sydney Library

    • What is Open Access and how it can help researchers increase exposure to their research.
    • The tools available to facilitate Open Access publishing and archiving.
    • Copyright and open access.
    • The Sydney eScholarship Repository and how researchers at the University of Sydney can use it.
    • Open Access developments at the University.
    Venue: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building (A27), Cnr Fisher and Physics Road, University of Sydney (Venue map)

    Registration not required. Please contact Elizabeth Pigott elizabeth.pigott@sydney.edu.au by Tuesday 13 October to confirm your contact details and location if you plan to attend via video conference.


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September 2009

  • 24 September: Summon Beta has arrived

    The University Library is testing the beta version of a new Google-like discovery service called Summon, and we’d like you to try it out and let us know what you think! Summon is the perfect starting point for your research or class assignment - providing streamlined access to the library’s print, audiovisual and electronic collections – including journal articles, books and audiovisual materials. Summon searches our catalogue and full text databases, delivering search results in a relevancy ranked list, which can easily be refined using multiple methods including filtering, faceting and sorting.

    Start by typing your search query into the single search box. If you get too many results, then simply refine your search using the left hand panel. You can limit your search to full text and/or scholarly or peer reviewed publications only. Not interested in newspaper articles or book reviews? Then simply exclude them by clicking more options under Content Type.

    Evaluating search results is made easy through the addition of valuable information such as abstracts, item location and online full text availability. Search results can be easily formatted and citations exported to bibliographic management software applications such as EndNote.

    Being a beta partner is a unique opportunity to help shape the development of this exciting new service, so please take the time to explore it and provide your feedback via the form on the top right hand side of  the Summon site

  • 20 September: Fisher Library Centenary celebration

    Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir launched the celebration at a gala afternoon tea in Maclaurin Hall to celebrate the founding of Fisher Library. See the event photos >> slideshow



  • 18 September: ScienceDirect, Scopus and Admin Tool scheduled outage

    ScienceDirect, Scopus and The Admin Tool will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 13 hours from 12:00 GMT Saturday, 19 September to 01:00 GMT Sunday, 20 September (08:00 EDT Saturday, September 19 to 21:00 EDT).

    We apologise for the inconvenience.

  • 4 September: Blast into Frontiers of Science

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the Frontiers of Science website.  This website is part of a collaborative university project between the University of Sydney Library, the Science Foundation for Physics, the Faculty of Science and the families of the creators of the series.

    Frontiers of Science was an illustrated daily comic strip of ‘science fact’ conceived and developed in Sydney and syndicated worldwide through over 600 newspapers from 1961 to 1982.  The series was co-written and produced by Professor Stuart Butler from the School of Physics and journalist and film-maker Bob Raymond.  The early art work in the series was by Andrea Bresciani and later by David Emerson.

    Copies of publisher pulls and surviving original art work are being archived in the University of Sydney Library Rare Books and Special Collections, and digitisation was supported by a grant from the Science Foundation for Physics.

    The style of the site seeks to replicate something of the style and feel of the comic strips themselves.

    Enjoy the Frontiers of Science

  • 1 September: The Song Company in the Turnbull Reading Room

    Friday 4 September 2009
    7- 8PM
    Turnbull Reading Room, Freehills Law Library, Sydney Law School Building

    The Song Company will perform their version of Terry Riley's masterpiece "In C". This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best vocal groups in the world perform inside a unique acoustic space.

    Limited standing room available.

    Visit the Verge website


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August 2009

  • 18 August: Fisher Library Centenary

    Sunday 20 September 2009 Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fisher Library.
    For more information


  • 4 August: 'Long Live Papa Haydn'!

    At the Conservatorium Library, we are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) with a window display dedicated to his life and work. The exhibition presents a snapshot of Haydn's long and distinguished career, through the drawing together of assorted ephemera (including copies of letters and concert programs)and scores from the Con's collection. Our tribute also includes an audio component; recordings of Haydn's string quartets, oratorios, keyboard sonatas and symphonies from the Con collection will provide a soundtrack for the exhibition.

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June 2009

  • 30 June: Burkitt-Ford and Medical Libraries’ Print Serial Review. (Feedback needed by Friday 17th July 2009)

    In preparation for the closure of the Burkitt-Ford Library, at the end of Semester Two 2009, Library staff have undertaken a review of the print serials in both the Medical and Burkitt-Ford Libraries. The outcome of this review process is to decide the serial titles’ future location. Library staff, in collaboration with their academic colleagues, have developed and applied the following review criteria to each print title to assist in deciding its future location. Criteria and recommendations include:


    1. Current subscription and high demand print serial titles, from the Burkitt-Ford Library, relocated to the Medical Library.
    2. Serial titles available in an e-version but without archival access and/or images of the required standard relocated to Storage.
    3. Serial titles that are a duplicate of a title already held in a University Library location (including Storage) will be de-selected.
    4. Serial titles that are available in an archival quality digital e-version with required standard images will be de-selected
    5. Short serial runs and/or titles with incomplete holdings or needing repair and not relevant to current learning, teaching and research will be de-selected.


    Library staff have created the following lists of serial tittles for consideration by clients of the Medical and Burkitt-Ford Libraries:
    1. Titles to be relocated from the Burkitt-Ford Library to the Medical Library (89 KB PDF)
    2. Titles to be relocated from the Burkitt-Ford Library to Storage (453 KB PDF)
    3. Titles from the Burkitt-Ford Library to be de-selected (238 KB PDF)
    4. Titles from the Medical Library to be relocated to the Storage Library (227 KB PDF)
    5. Titles from the Medical Library to be de-selected (111 KB PDF)


    To assist us with the serial  review process I encourage you to take the time to review our recommendation on the future locations of the print serial titles. If you feel that our recommended future location is not satisfactory and/or you require clarification please get in touch with Jill Denholm jill.denholm@sydney.edu.au 9351 5314 or Libby O'Reilly libby.oreilly@sydney.edu.au 9351 3618. You will find the serial lists on the Library website and print copies in both the Burkitt-Ford and Medical Libraries.


    The relocation of the journals will occur in the third week of July and so we need your feedback by 5pm Friday 17th July.



  • 26 June: Badham library closed on Saturday 27 June 2009

    Due to unforseen circumstances Badham library will be closed on Saturday 27th June 2009.
    The Scitech library and the Fisher libraries will both be open from 9am - 5pm.

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this closure has caused.


  • 15 June: Australian Composers Online

    A new TIES Grant teaching resource initiative of the University Library making available more than 200 e-scores of works by a selection of leading Australian composers, contemporary and historical, in downloadable PDF format.
    Click the Limit/Sort Search button at the top of the screen to search for specific composers or works.

    Terms & conditions of use.

  • 12 June: Co-op vouchers for your opinions

    (Please note: The full number of participants needed have been reached )

    HELP us to help you! 
    The University Library is creating a range of multimedia learning tools and is seeking students to assist in the evaluation phase (29/06/09 - 10/07/09 – other dates can also be arranged if necessary).

    No prerequisites required – we just want your opinions.  Each session will take approximately 20-30 mins and there are 5 sessions in total. A Co-op Bookshop voucher will be provided for each session.

    Privacy: We respect your privacy and the information that you provide will be anonymous and only be used for our testing, not for any other purposes. Please feel free to ask us further questions if you have any concerns.

    To register your interest, please email the following details to southnary.tan@sydney.edu.au :
    First name:
    Stage of study (eg. 1st yr, 2nd yr):
    Degree status (undergrad, postgrad (coursework), or postgrad (research)):
    Is English your Second Language? Yes/No
    Are you an international student? Yes/No

    Students from all different backgrounds are required.

    For more information, please contact:
    Southnary Tan
    Project Coordinator, iResearch: information skills for life
    Library Administration, Level 5
    Fisher Library F03
    Phone: +61 2 9351 3508
    Mobile: 0423 291 289
    Fax: +61 2 9351 7765
    Email: southnary.tan@sydney.edu.au


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May 2009

Library Exhibitions

SciTech Library

Small step, giant leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40 Exhibition
20 July 2009 to 10 September 2009

NASA image
Photo courtesy of NASA

In July 1969, the world watched in wonder during the Apollo 11 mission as Neil Armstrong took "one small step", becoming the first human being to set foot on the Moon.

This historic spaceflight represented a "giant leap for Mankind": the first time that human beings had explored another world in person. The Apollo 11 lunar landing was one of the most significant scientific and technological events of the Twentieth Century, and the program that made it possible inspired the best and brightest students to seek out careers in the exciting fields of space exploration, astronomy and aeronautical engineering. In July 2009, the University of Sydney's School of Physics, the Science Foundation for Physics and the University Library present an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic lunar landing.

Combining contemporary artefacts and memorabilia, this display presents the history of the Apollo Project and explores the relationship between the US space program and the University of Sydney's School of Physics.

At the exhibition launch 20 July


Above from left: Guest speakers were Professor Don Nutbeam, Acting Vice-Chancellor; Bryan Gaensler, Professor and Federation Fellow, School of Physics; The Hon Richard Marles MP - Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry; and Judith Fergin, U.S. Consul General.

SciTech Library, Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road, Darlington Campus
Web: SciTech Library map location and opening hours
>> View images of the exhibition and launch

Freehills Law Library

Tina Modotti
8 July to 24 July 2009
Tina Modotti photo

The Embassy of Mexico in Australia with the University Art Gallery and University Library present an exhibition of photographs taken in the 1920s by Tina Modotti.

Born in Italy in 1896, Tina Modotti lived in Mexico for only seven years (1923-1930). However, she is regarded as one of Mexico's finest photographers despite being expelled from the country in 1930 for her participation in radical politics.
Level L, Law School Building, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Web: Law Library map location and opening hours

Out of the Dust: Life in Afghanistan
29 May to 26 June
pic This exhibition is a collection of striking photos by Dutch photographer Hans Stakelbeek that document the on-going reconstruction effort in Afghanistan, to which the Netherlands and Australia are jointly contributing.
Library Level, Law School Building, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Web: >Law Library map location and opening hours

Fisher Library

Speaking Volumes - the Three Decker Novel
Until 30 November

What did people in nineteenth century England really read? Explore the books from the Three Decker Novel Collection and be entertained by historical and sporting fiction, thrilled by adventure and romance and enlightened by novels on social issues.
Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 2, Fisher Library
Web: Rare Books and Special Collections

The Heart of Medicine - Portraits by Simon Fieldhouse
6 June to 31 July
Bill Webster

This popular exhibition has returned to Fisher Library. The collection of 34 portraits of key Faculty of Medicine staff by Sydney artist Simon Fieldhouse was commenced in conjunction with the Faculty's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2006. Fieldhouse was commissioned to produce a series of 'psychological portraits' and he has generously depicted some of the quirky individualism of these subjects whilst playfully paying homage to the history of medicine.
Level 2 corridor, Fisher Library
Web: Rare Books and Special Collections

  • 28 May: Problems with Library web fine payments

We are currently experiencing technical problems with the Library web fine payment system. If you have paid your fine/s using the web fine payment system, it may not be reflected on your MyLoans page. If you are having problems please contact Library staff.

  • 25 May: Health Sciences library closed on 25 May

Due to a power interruption, the Health Sciences library is closed on the 25th May 2009.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • 15 May: Access to the Medical Library,  weekends of the 16-17 May, 23-24 May

Due to building works outside Level 2 of the Bosch building, there will be restricted access to the Medical Library on Level 3 of the Bosch building on:

Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th of May: All day
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th of May: All day

On these days, access to the Medical Library will be through the Blackburn building. Follow the signs from the main entrance of Blackburn up to level 4, then across the pedestrian bridge to Level 3 of the Bosch building.



  • 15 May: Library notices for students going to the new student email from 12 May 2009


  • 14 May: Client Satisfaction Survey 2008 results

For two weeks every second year the Library conducts a Client Satisfaction survey which is used to assess your opinions of the quality of services and facilities offered by the University of Sydney Library. The survey's resulting information was used to improve services and facilities.

This survey instrument is used by many Australian University Libraries to obtain client feedback. The questionnaire investigates library users' levels of satisfaction with the facilities and equipment on offer, service quality and delivery and the performance of library staff.

Users of the University of Sydney Library are given the opportunity to participate in the survey by completing the questionnaire anonymously. This anonymity helps to ensure that your true concerns are identified.

You can find the full details at the Client Satisfaction Survey 2008 web page.


  • 7 May: Access to the Medical Library 7-10 May

Due to demolition and paving works outside Level 2 of the Bosch building, there will be restricted access to the Medical Library on Level 3 from:

Thursday 7 to Friday 8 May: 5.15pm-8.15pm only
Saturday 9 May: All day
Sunday 10 May: All day

During these times access to the Medical Library will be through the Blackburn building. Follow the signs from the main entrance of Blackburn up to level 4, then across the pedestrian bridge to Level 3 of the Bosch building.

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April 2009

  • 23 April: Medical Library Closed on Sunday 3 May

Due to major electrical  work the Medical Library will be closed on Sunday 3 May.  The Medical Library will  re-open on Monday 4 May.

Reserve items can be borrowed after 3pm on Saturday 2 May and returned before 9am on Monday 4 May. The after-hours return chute will be accessible on Sunday 3 May.  Books can be renewed online via MyLoans

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

19 April - Please note: This event is now fully booked
Poems Old and New: Les Murray and Judith Beveridge
21 April 2009

This is the second year that Les Murray has held a poetry reading in Fisher Library since he was appointed as a visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in 2008. This year he will be joined by Judith Beveridge, poet, editor and teacher of poetry writing at the University of Sydney. It is wonderful to have two such fine poets contributing to the cultural life of the University.

Les Murray will read from his collection of poetry - something old and something new. Judith Beveridge will read from her forthcoming collection and also some of her older poems.

Time: 2:00pm
Location: Conference Room, Level 3 Fisher Library
Cost: Free
Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

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March 2009

  • 20 March: Library exhibitions

Rare Books and Special Collections

It's only natural: ecology in Australia
Level 2, Fisher Library
Inspired by illustrations of creatures from new worlds, natural history texts have fired imaginations for hundreds of years. The exhibition It's only natural uses the University of Sydney's Rare Books and Special Collections to track the emergence of ecology as a scientific discipline from its foundations in natural history. Extended opening hours until 30 April: Mon to Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm.

Windeyer Exhibition
Level 2 corridor, Fisher Library
An exhibition of some of the items from the legal collection of W.J.V.Windeyer, a notable graduate of the University and author of several well known legal texts. The collection was recently presented to the University by the members of his family. Visit during the Fisher Library opening hours.

Exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus
Level 3, Fisher Library
Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus is a collection of notes, jottings, designs, engineering projects and draughts, mostly of machines, ballistic devices, and geometrical analyses, spanning the years 1478 to 1519. The codex, compiled originally in the late 16th century, was later partially dispersed, and gathered together again in the 1960s, and in this current form is held at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, although many of the original manuscripts are still held in various collections throughout the world.

This exhibition comprises illustrations from a limited edition facsimile of the codex which was published in 12 volumes by Giunti-Barbera, Firenze in 1973. It was acquired by Fisher Library in 1974 and is held in Rare Books and Special Collections (RB 5473.1 Folio). Visit during the Fisher Library opening hours.

Staff exhibition

Artists in the Library
Level 2 corridor, Fisher Library

Photo: Scott Banner Photo: Scott Banner

This exhibition showcases the creativity of some of the artists and photographers working in the Library. Visit during the Fisher Library opening hours.

  • 9 March: O-Week prize winners

Cyd Marian Quintans   Yin Cao
Cyd Marian Quintans (left) and Yin Cao were happy to receive their iPod Nano prize.

Drew Ridikas also won an iPod Nano, and winners of the $20 iTune vouchers were Ann Bettis, Tara McCarthy, Sally Wajon, Robert Reid, Emily Tubb and Ben Nguyen.

  • 5 March: No access to Medical Library from Blackburn building Saturday 7th March 2009

Due to construction work there will be no access to the Medical Library on Level 3 of the Bosch building from Level 4 of the Blackburn Building this Saturday the 7th March.

Access to the Medical Library via the Bosch building stairs is available as per normal.

 If you are a disabled student and require access to Library resources on Saturday please contact the Medical Library on 9351 2413.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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February 2009

  • 25-27 February: The Library welcomes new and returning students!

Celebrate O-Week and enter our online quiz for a chance to win one of three 8GB iPod Nanos.

iPod competition

Answer our quick quiz and be in the running to win an iPod Nano and don't forget to visit the Library O-Week stall on 25 and 26 February for more chances to win a prize. We are located on Eastern Avenue close to Fisher Library - stall number 256.

Enter the quiz here
Entries close daily at midnight 25-27 February. The competition is open to University of Sydney students only.

Good luck and enjoy the year ahead!

  • 20 February: The University of Sydney Library website has received a facelift

The library's website facelift makes it better aligned with the university’s look and feel and global identity.
In addition to the facelift and after consultation with the sites visitors, we have revamped the Front Page to improve access to many of our services.

  • 11 February: New Law Library - opening postponed to Monday 16 February 2009

Due to continuing building works the new Law Library will now open on Monday 16 February 2009 at 9.00am.

The collections are now located in the new library and we can provide access to law materials, by request, from Monday 9 February until Friday 13 February from 10am to 4pm.

Please contact the Law Library on 9351 0360 to arrange for the delivery of the items to the Fisher Library.

We apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you to the University of Sydney Freehills Law Library.

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January 2009

  • 27 January: Camden Library Reopening Tuesday, 27th January 2009

The Camden Library will reopen at 9 am on Tuesday, 27th January. Please enter and exit using the rear entrance. The construction work to improve accessibility is continuing so please watch your step. 

The after-hours book return chute will not be accessible until further notice.   Books can be renewed online via MyLoans or returned to the Camden Library during the opening hours of 9 - 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Please contact the Camden Library staff on 935 11627 or Karen Black on 0401 670 597 if you require further information or assistance.  

Thankyou for your support and patience during this time.   


  • 22 January: Medical Library Closure Friday 30th of January 3pm - 5pm

Due to an upgrade of the main Electrical Switchboard in the Medical Library, the Library will be closed from 3pm on Friday 30 January 2009 and will re-open at 9am on Monday 2nd February.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please contact staff at the Burkitt-Ford Library on 9351 4364 if you require assistance or resources


  • 22 January: The Web fine payments service is currently down. We apologise for any inconvenience

This service is currently unavailable. Fines can be paid in person at the Loan Enquiries Desk, Level 3, Fisher Library or the Cumberland Campus during office hours.

You can pay with credit card, debit card and EFTPOS, Monitor photocopy card, cheque or money order.

No cash payments will be accepted. Cash value can be encoded in the photocopying room at Level 2, Fisher Library, using a photocopy card or most other types of magnetic stripe card, e.g. Medicare card.

Cumberland Campus

Fines can be paid in person at the Cumberland campus: Cashiers, 1st Floor, Administration Building, Faculty of Health Sciences or POS debit through Monitor photocopy card at the Health Sciences Library.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


  • 14 January: Camden Library Closure for Building Works
Due to building works to improve access to Camden Library, the Library will be closed from 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 January 2009 and will re-open on Tuesday 27th January.  We apologise for the late notice and for any inconvenience this may cause.

The after-hours book return chute will not be accessible during this time.   Books can be renewed online via MyLoans or returned to the Camden Properties Office (C05) between 9am-4.30pm.

Please contact staff at the Badham Library on 935 18168 or after Monday 19th January Karen Black on 0401 670 597 if you require assistance or resources.


  • 8 January: Law library moving to new location and temporary closure announcement
The Law library is in the process of moving to its new location at Camperdown campus, therefore, it will be closing at 6pm Friday 23 January (loans and returns ceasing 5:45pm) and re-opening 9am Monday 9 February. These dates may change as the move progresses.

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