CrossSearch new interface

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Published on: 6 December 2014

CrossSearch, the central search engine on the Library home page is upgrading. The new interface is clearer, and news items and images are spotlighted in the search results.

Try CrossSearch 2 beta and let us know what you think via our feedback form!



Introducing BONUS+

Categories: Library
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Published on: 15 July 2014

BONUS+ logoBONUS+ is a new seamless Library service for our students and staff, which will provide an alternative and faster way for you to access books that we don’t own or are on loan in our Library.

What is Bonus+?
BONUS+ is a co-operative book resource-sharing initiative among 14 major university libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s in it for me?
You will have access to other library collections. If we don’t have a particular book, or the copies we have are out on loan, you will be able to see if any of the member libraries have a copy for you to borrow.

Who can use the service?
All students and staff at the University of Sydney.

How does it work?
When you search our Library catalogue and don’t find the item that you are after, simply click on the Bonus+ icon to see if another library has a copy available. The request is processed automatically – no filling in forms. And when the item arrives, we will email you to let you know that your book is ready for pickup. You can also keep track of your requests via MyLoans.

When can I start requesting from these libraries?
Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Find out more:


The winner of the Nexus 7 tablet is…

AbbyCongratulations to Abby Cameron who is the lucky winner of the Library’s online quiz.

Abby was delighted this morning to hear she had won a Nexus 7 tablet and wasted no time coming in to collect her prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and participated in our other Orientation Week activities. We wish you all the best in your studies this year!

If you are a new student or need help to get started using Library services we have all the information you need right here.


New look Catalogue

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Published on: 14 February 2014

We have listened to your feedback and made changes to the Catalogue interface to make it easier for you to use. The layout is clearer, there are more help links where you need them, and you can now switch to mobile view.

We value your comments so let us know what you think.

New look




University Library: Survey of Academics

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Published on: 31 January 2014

imageThe University Library is conducting a survey of academics and researchers to gather information about emerging trends in academic and researcher attitudes and practice. The survey will run from Monday 3 February to Friday 21 February 2014.

The survey is part of a collaborative effort of the participating Go8 university libraries, and the results will allow for benchmarking between the participating institutions.

The survey is being conducted by Ithaka S+R ( Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities in making the transition to the digital environment.

The survey covers four major topics:

  • the ways that scholars discover and access needed scholarly materials in their teaching and research;
  • the evolving role of the library and of library collections;
  • research and teaching practices, with a particular emphasis on how these are changing in light of opportunities created by new technology; and
  • the ways in which scholars communicate the findings of their research through a variety of media.

Academic and research staff will receive an email invitation from Ithaka S+R to participate in the survey. The University Library appreciates your time in responding. Your responses will offer important guidance for the University of Sydney and the Library in developing strategies to support your research and teaching in an environment increasingly shaped by digital technologies. Thank you for participating in this important study.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Michael Arndell.


Requests from Storage during the University’s closedown period.

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Published on: 10 December 2013

Delivery of items from storage will be suspended between 17 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.  Requests can still be placed via the catalogue and MyLoans, however, the first delivery for 2014 of both scanned articles and books will be 2 January 2014.






Access to Library electronic resources

Categories: Databases
Comments: 11 Comments
Published on: 5 July 2013

The Library provides access to an extensive collection of electronic resources, including eJournals and eBooks, which are widely used for research, learning and teaching in the University. These resources are available under publishers licence for all University staff and students.

From Wednesday 17th July authentication via Unikey or Library barcode will be required for access to these resources from computers on campus, including wireless access, following the same procedure as the existing arrangement for off-campus access. This change has become necessary to ensure the University complies with the publishers’ licence agreements and to avoid putting access to these critical resources at risk.

Exemptions have been made for public access computers in all libraries, which will not prompt for authentication except for those resources that already require it both on and off campus eg. SciFinder Scholar and Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) eBooks. This exemption for most resources will enable continued access for those Library members and walk-in users who do not have Unikeys.

The change is necessary to ensure we are complying with the licence agreements for our electronic resources. Recent incidents of unauthorised access have put access to some key electronic resources at risk. Compromised computers or servers have been used for unauthorised or unlicensed access to our resources. This puts the Library in breach of licence, and in the past publishers have blocked access to their resources because of such breaches. Adding an authentication step in the process guards against this risk.

The change has been timed for the semester break to minimise the impact on clients. If clients are accessing a number of resources they will only need to authenticate the first time in the browser session so the extra step should not be too onerous. A number of other University resources already require authentication both and on and off campus.

More information about electronic resources is on the databases page or contact Ask a Librarian.

Camden Library network outage Tuesday 11 June 2013

Due to an essential ICT upgrade to the microwave link from Sydney, the Camden Library will have no internet access on Tuesday 11 June 2013. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

This outage will affect the following services:

  • Library computers
  • Wireless
  • Email
  • Printing and copying
  • Document delivery requesting and supply
  • Library phones will work as normal – but there will be no voicemail service.

Please phone library staff at Camden for further information

  • 02 935 11627 
  • 02 935 11707
  • 0401 670 597

Library Client Survey 2013: 15 May until 2 June 2013.

Categories: Library
Comments: 4 Comments
Published on: 28 May 2013

2013SurveyScreensaver156Take the opportunity to tell us what you think about your Library. The online survey takes about 10 minutes to do and can be completed anonymously. University of Sydney students, who complete the survey, are eligible to enter the draw to win a $500 or one of 10 $50 Coles Myer gift cards.

Complete the survey HERE now!

The results are used to prioritise improvements to the University Library’s services and resources. You can read about the improvements we have introduced since the 2010 survey here.

For more information on the Library Client Survey please contact:
Libby O’Reilly Director, Library Client Services

Want to know your current Library Barcode Number or the email address your Library Notices are sent to?

Categories: Announcements, Library
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Published on: 25 February 2013

studentThen head to MyLoans on the Library website.

Your current library barcode and the email address we send Library Notices to can be found in MyLoans  as part of your borrowing record.

If you aren’t receiving library notices, or you have re-enrolled but not yet received your 2013 Student card, then MyLoans is the place to go to find out your current library barcode and the email address we have on record for you.



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