Loans and Borrowing

Loan periods

Reference and loseleaf services are not for loan.

Standard loan conditions are:

Loan period Renewals * Number of Items * Late Fines
Library collections
12 weeks
(unless recalled)
(unless recalled)

No fines apply unless a recalled item is returned late
Late fees of $10.00 per day

2 hours or overnight No 2 items at a time $10.00 per hour
Journals 2 hours No 2 items at a time $10.00 per hour
BONUS+ Loans
(staff & students only)
21 days 1
(unless requested)
10 (staff, post graduates)
5 (undergraduates)
$10.00 per day
Fines only apply to the late return of items requested by another borrower

  *  Limits apply to some borrowers. See Library Cards for more information.

Check your loan status in MyLoans regularly to see if your loan has been recalled. The new due date will be updated.

How to borrow

You must have your card with you to borrow.

1.  Search the Catalogue to find the Library, call number and availability of an item.

  • Reference items are not available for loan
  • Check the shelves and sorting areas for items that are Available or RECENTLY RET'D (recently returned)
  • Request items that are ON LOAN, IN TRANSIT, at another Campus, or in Storage *
  • Learn more about a Catalogue status, location or call number at Catalogue Help

2.  Ask library staff for help if you cannot find an item in the catalogue

3.  Use your Student ID Card, Staff ID Card or Library Borrowers Card to borrow at a loans desk, or an Express Borrowing machine.

  *  This Request service may not be available to all borrowers. Please see Library Cards for more information.


Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times via MyLoans.

You cannot use MyLoans to renew an item if:

  • the item has been recalled
  • it is a 2 Hour Collection item
  • it is a journal
  • your card is blocked
  • Items obtained through Document Delivery : For renewals please contact your home library

To renew by email or telephone, please contact the Library where you borrowed the item. Fisher Library does not accept telephone renewals.


Return items to the loans desk of any University of Sydney library (with the exception of the Schaeffer Fine Arts Library).

2 Hour Collection items and journals must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.

The following libraries have 24 hour return facilities:

  • Camden library
  • SciTech library
  • Fisher library
  • Health Science library

Returning items via mail

All Library clients can return books by registered mail or express post to the University Library. The Library will use the date the package was received as the return date.

Please address packages to the Returns section of the appropriate Library as listed on the Library’s web page


Disclaimer:  the library will not take responsibility for items lost in the mail.

Lost and damaged loans

If you lose an item you have borrowed, please report it to the Library as soon as possible. Damaged items should be reported to the Library when they are returned.

For lost and damaged charges, see Fines and penalties.


Notices about loans, recalls, requests and fines are sent to your University email address, or the email address you provided when applying for a card.

Library notices are a courtesy. You are responsible for returning or renewing loans on time, regardless of receipt of library notices. Check your MyLoans account regularly to keep track of your loans, holds and any recalls.

Type of notice: Sent:
Awaiting pickup notice when an item is ready for you to pickup
Courtesy reminder notices   7 and 3 days before an item is due
Recently overdue notice 1 day after an item is due
Overdue notice 8 and then 14 days after an item is due
Very overdue notice 21 and then 28 days after an item is due
Final overdue notice 5 days before an item becomes lost
Recall notice when an item is recalled
Recall reminder notice 3 days before a recalled item is due
Urgent recall notice 1 and then 7 days after a recalled item is due
Very urgent recall notice 14 and then 21 days after a recalled item is due
Final urgent recall notice 5 days before a recalled item becomes lost
Lost item notice when an item is deemed 'Lost'
Fines notice when we inform you of new fines
Statement of charges monthly, listing any unpaid library fines and charges

You can forward your email from your University email address to a different address at via the ICT Student website. If you forward your email or you use a SPAM filter, please add the email address the Library Notice was sent from to your address book or as a legitimate sender of email messages. The Library accepts no responsiblity for the failed delivery of notices forwarded on to another email account such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.

If you are a staff member or student of the University of Sydney the email address currently on the Library system should be a University of Sydney email address. If this is not the case, please contact the ICT Helpdesk and they will invesitgate further.

If you are not a staff member or student of the University of Sydney and you wish to change your email address on the Library system, please contact the Campus Cards and they will update your Library record.

Items missing from the shelves

Please ask library staff for help if you cannot find an item on the shelves. To report a missing item, fill in this Missing Item Form.