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Unlock a world of knowledge

Welcome to the largest academic library in the southern hemisphere

Our library spans 11 locations and contains more than 5.2 million items. More than just a repository of information, the library is also the perfect place to set up your laptop or meet your study group and get to work.

Our library’s collection of journals, books, ebooks and multimedia roughly translates to 100,000 items per student – so it’s a good thing we have a team of professional librarians and faculty liaisons to guide you on your research journey.

Information at your fingertips

These days, the library is everywhere. Need to find your prescribed readings or the answer to an obscure question at pub trivia?

As long as you have an internet connection, you can access our online catalogue.

Your UniKey is your key to access this gateway to our extensive hardcopy collection as well as 320,000 ebooks, 70,000 ejournals, and 1.7 million digital theses.

Study spaces

We have 4000 seats and 700 computers across 11 locations. Seating areas are clearly designated as silent, quiet or group zones so you can get the most out of your library time.

Wireless connectivity is also available so you can work on your own device.

Left an assignment to the last minute? Burn the midnight oil in one of our 24-hour student spaces. Fisher and Carslaw Learning Hub are open around the clock, seven days a week, offering a quiet place to study and kitchen facilities.

Postgraduate coursework students have 24-hour access to the purpose-built Quarter: a learning centre with technology resources, bookable meeting rooms, collaborative spaces and an interactive showcase area to display student work.

Joining and borrowing

For students and staff, your student card or staff ID is your borrower’s card. Your UniKey lets you place items on hold, pay for photocopying and printing, access library computers and pay overdue fines.

You can borrow an unlimited number of standard library items for up to 12 weeks. High priority items including prescribed course textbooks are kept in a reserve section, which can be taken out for two hours at a time.

Staff and students also get access to the Bonus+ collection. This lets you reserve and borrow items from other university libraries, and select your preferred pickup location once they arrive.

We welcome non-staff and students from the wider community to apply for a library borrower’s card. The annual cost and borrowing privileges vary depending on the type of membership you’re eligible for.

If you’re affiliated with the University in some way, it’s likely you can join at a discount. Check our membership categories for more information.

Subject areas and locations

Health and medical sciences

  • Dentistry library (Surry Hills Campus) – Dentistry resources only
  • Health sciences library (Cumberland Campus) – Health sciences resources only
  • Nursing library (Mallett Street Campus) – Nursing resources only
  • Medical library (Camperdown Campus) – Specialises in medicine and pharmacy

Science and technology

  • Camden library (Camden Campus) – Specialises in veterinary science, agriculture and environment
  • The SciTech library (Darlington Campus) – Specialises in agriculture, environment, architecture, design, engineering, IT, science, veterinary science

Humanities and social sciences

  • Conservatorium library (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) – Specialises in music
  • Fisher library (Camperdown Campus) – Specialises in arts, social sciences, business, education, social work, rare books, special collection, curriculum resource collection, Archive of Australian Judaica
  • Law library (Camperdown Campus) – Specialises in law
  • Sydney College of the Arts Library (Rozelle Campus) – Specialises in visual arts
  • Schaeffer library (Camperdown Campus) – Specialises in visual arts

3 ways the library can help you

Each faculty has its own library liaison to help you locate books, journals and other items. We can also assist you in other ways, such as with:
Research skills: Attend one of our regular workshops. Find out how to source the material you need, reference other works in assignments, and avoid plagiarism.
Coursework: get ahead in your studies by using our electronic copies of assigned course readings and past exam papers.
Borrowing: we can help arrange interlibrary loans and document delivery and organise books sent to you if you study by distance learning.