Library membership


Use your Student ID Card, Staff ID Card or Library Borrowers Card to:

  • borrow items from any University of Sydney Library
  • access databases and electronic resources while off-campus (if eligible)
  • view and renew your loans via MyLoans
  • pay library fines on-line
  • login to library computers

You must have your card with you to borrow. You cannot borrow using another person's card.

Cards:

Other information:

Select a category below for information on:
  • types of membership and eligibility
  • how to apply
  • loan conditions
  • cost
  • expired cards
  • renewing cards


Borrowing at another Australian university


University Library Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) allows you to obtain a library card at any participating library. For a list of participating libraries see the ULANZ web site.

You are responsible for following the rules and regulations of any library you wish to use.

Fees and charges

Most ULANZ libraries charge students $50.00 (this is paid to the library you wish to use). Cards for university staff are usually free. Contact the library you wish to use for more information.

You will be liable to pay fines or costs incurred for loans that are returned late, lost or damaged. You may be suspended from library services at your own university if you have overdue items or are in debt to another library.


Library cards

Apply directly to the University library you wish to use, providing suitable photo identification and proof of current enrolment/employment (i.e. your staff or student ID card).

Library cards are valid to 28 February of the following year.

Please check the loan periods and borrowing rules when you apply, and notify them if you change your address or contact details, or you lose your card. You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card.

Students and staff at other universities who wish to borrow at the University of Sydney should see Cards for information on how to apply and loan conditions.




Lost and damaged cards

Report your lost card to the Library as soon as possible - you are responsible for items borrowed with your card.

To obtain a replacement card, contact the Campus Card Centre on (02) 935 12423.

A fee is charged for replacement cards.

If you have reported your card as lost and find it before obtaining a replacement, please present the card and another form of identification to library staff.


Card Blocks

You will not be able to borrow, renew or request items if your card is blocked (temporarily suspended) for one of the following reasons:

Card Block How to Remove the Card Block
Your fine total has reached $30 Pay your fines so your fine total is less than $30.
Learn more about library fines
You have reported your card as lost You will need to obtain a replacement card.
Learn more about lost cards
Your card has expired You will need to renew your card.
See the 'Cards' section above for more information.
You are being asked to contact the Library Please contact the Library.
For example, your address or contact details may be incorrect.




Changing your contact details or address

Change your contact details online via the Campus Card Centre web site

You can redirect your University email to a different email address on ICT's Student IT web site. 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 responsibility for the failed delivery of notices forwarded on to another email account such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail.



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Degree student of the University of Sydney

Library card: Student ID Card
Available to: Undergraduate and postgraduate degree students of the University of Sydney, including Winter and Summer School Students
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • Postgraduate students and some higher level undergraduate students are eligible for document delivery, interlibrary loans and inter-campus article requests. See Document Delivery for more information.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
Card expires: Valid for the duration of your enrolment at the University of sydney.

If you are a postgraduate student who has submitted a thesis, a postgraduate research or coursework student whose candidature has been suspended, or a student intending to study a postgraduate or honours degree, you may apply for a temporary library card as follows:
  • ensure that continuing UniKey access has been arranged with Head of School/Dept for access to email, etc.
How to apply: Your confirmation of enrolment will provide you with information on how to obtain your student card. Please contact the Campus Card Centre if you have any queries.
How to renew your card: Your current card will be automatically extended, when you re-enrol in your course. Information will be provided with your confirmation of re-enrolment.


Postgraduate or honours degree student approved for mid-year enrolment

Library card: Student ID Card
Available to: Postgraduate and undergraduate honours degree students of the University of Sydney who have been approved to begin study during the year.
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • you are eligible for document delivery, interlibrary loans and inter-campus article requests. See Document Delivery for more information.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
Card expires: Valid for the duration of your enrolment at the University of sydney.

If you are a postgraduate student and you have submitted a thesis, your Student ID Card may have expired. If you still need library services to complete your degree, you may apply for a temporary library card as follows:
How to apply:
  • come to the Campus Card Centre and a card will be made for you
  • remember to bring photo id, such as a driver's licence
How to renew your card: Each academic year, you will need a new card. See the Campus Card Centre for details


Legal Profession Admission Board student

Library card: Student ID Card
Available to: Students undertaking Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) studies at the University of Sydney through the Law Extension Committee.
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
How to apply:

The Campus Card Centre will post your student library card to you as soon as practicable after your enrolment has been received and processed by the Board and after you have completed the LEC online registration process for the current session.

If you have not received your card within 3 weeks of the commencement of the course, you should contact the Campus Card Centre.

Card expires:  
How to revalidate your card: Provided you have registered on LEC WebCampus no later than the registration deadline, your card will be automatically revalidated about 2 weeks following that deadline.
Lost cards: Replace your lost card at the Campus Card Centre.
A fee is charged for replacement cards.


Staff Member of the University of Sydney

Library card: Staff ID Card
Available to: All staff paid by the University
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • you are eligible for document delivery, interlibrary loans and inter-campus article requests. See Document Delivery for more information.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
Expires: At end of employment. Contract and casual Staff ID Cards expire on the date indicated in the letter of appointment.
How to apply: See the Campus Card Centre
How to renew your card: Permanent staff do not need to renew their card.

Contract and casual staff cards can be renewed by providing a new letter of appointment (including a new contract end date) to the Campus Card Centre.


Honorary, Affiliates and Conferred Academic Title Holders

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Honorary staff and University title holders currently include:
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Academic Titles (Senior Executive Positions)
  • Adjunct Titles
  • Clinical Academic Titles
  • Conjoint Academic Titles
  • Honorary Titles
  • Visiting Titles
  • Research Titles
  • Administrative/support staff
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • you are eligible for document delivery, interlibrary loans and inter-campus article requests. See Document Delivery for more information.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
Expires: On the date indicated by the Dean, or Head of School or Department. Please note that it is University policy that this access is granted for a period of up to 12months, with an option for renewal.
How to apply:
How to renew your card:


Research Assistant for Academic Staff

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Research assistants employed to assist a member of academic staff with research or teaching
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • you are eligible for document delivery, interlibrary loans and inter-campus article requests. See Document Delivery for more information.
Access to electronic resources: Off-campus access to Library electronic resources
Expires: On the date indicated in your letter of appointment
How to apply:
How to renew your card:
  • obtain a new letter of authorisation, including a new end date of the appointment, from the member of academic staff you are assisting
  • submit the letter in person, by fax or email a scanned copy to the Campus Card Centre
  • the expiry date of your current card will be extended


Alumni of the University of Sydney

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Graduates of the University of Sydney
Cost: $80.00 for 12 months membership (GST inclusive).
Students who have completed their studies, that is 1st year alumni, are entitled to 12 months of alumni Library membership at no cost. Must apply within the first year after completion of studies.
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions except:
  • Not eligible to use the Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loans service
Access to electronic resources:
  • you are eligible for off-campus access to the electronic resources listed on the Services for Alumni page
  • Not eligible for off-campus access to other Library electronic resources
  • Eligible for on-campus access to the majority of Library electronic resources; the few platforms you are not eligible to access can be found on the restricted access page.

Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
Expires: 12 months from the date you obtain or renew your card
How to apply:
How to renew your card: Make your payment in person, by telephone to the Campus Card Centre, or you can pay online. EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted.


Honorary Degree Recipient or Retired Staff Member

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Recipients of honorary degrees awarded by the University of Sydney, or Retired Staff Members of the University of Sydney
Cost: $ nil
Loan conditions:

Standard loan conditions except:

  • Not eligible to request items on loan, request items from another campus or use the Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loans service
Access to electronic resources:
  • you are eligible for off-campus access to the Proquest Central Databases only
  • you are not eligible for off-campus access to other Library electronic resources
Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
Expires: 12 months from the date you obtain or renew your card.
How to apply:
How to renew your card: Contact the Campus Card Centre by telephone, email, fax or in person to confirm your card renewal.


Student or Staff member of another University (ULANZ)

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Students and staff of other ULANZ participating universities.
Cost:
  • Students: $50.00 (GST inclusive)
  • Staff: $ nil
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions but with the following exceptions:
  • a limit of 10 loans at a time
  • a limit of 10 renewals per item
  • no requests, holds or reservations (Except items in Storage)
  • no intercampus loans, document delivery or interlibrary Loans
  • no 2 Hour Collection items may be borrowed

Please read the Loans information and Fines sections of the Library web site to check your responsibilities when borrowing at the University of Sydney.
Access to electronic resources:
  • No off-campus access to Library electronic resources.
  • Eligible for on-campus access to the majority of Library electronic resources; the few platforms you are not eligible to access can be found on the restricted access page.

Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
Expires: 28th February of the next year
How to apply: To obtain a borrower's card:
How to renew your card: Contact the Campus Card Centre. Students will need to provide proof of current enrolment and pay the fee. Staff will need to provide proof of current employment.


Community Borrower Aged 16+ Years (member of the public) and CET Students

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Members of the public aged 16 or over, CET Students
Cost: $40.00 for 3 months membership, $80.00 for 6 months membership or $160.00 for 12 months membership (GST inclusive). For CET Students, the CET will refund the membership fee.
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions but with the following exceptions:
  • a limit of 10 loans at a time
  • a limit of 10 renewals per item
  • no requests, holds or reservations (Except items in Storage)
  • no intercampus loans, document delivery or interlibrary Loans
  • no 2 Hour Collection items may be borrowed

Please read the Loans and Fines sections of the Library web site to check your responsibilities when borrowing at the University of Sydney.
Access to electronic resources:
  • No off-campus access to Library electronic resources.
  • Eligible for on-campus access to the majority of Library electronic resources; the few platforms you are not eligible to access can be found on the restricted access page.

Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
Expires: Community Borrowers: 3 month/6 months/12 months from the date you obtain (or renew) your card
How to apply:
How to renew your card: Make your payment in person or by telephone to the Campus Card Centre, or you can pay online. EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted.


Secondary School student in Year 11 or 12

Library card: Library Borrowers Card
Available to: Secondary School students in Year 11 or 12.
Cost: $50.00 for 12 months membership or $25.00 for 6 months membership (GST inclusive)
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions but with the following exceptions:
  • a limit of 10 loans at a time
  • a limit of 10 renewals per item
  • no requests, holds or reservations (Except items in Storage)
  • no intercampus loans, document delivery or interlibrary Loans
  • no 2 Hour Collection items may be borrowed

Please read the Loans and Fines sections of the Library web site to check your responsibilities when borrowing at the University of Sydney.
Access to electronic resources:
  • No off-campus access to Library electronic resources.
  • Eligible for on-campus access to the majority of Library electronic resources; the few platforms you are not eligible to access can be found on the restricted access page.

Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
Expires: 6 months/12 months from the date you obtain (or renew) your card. Membership for Year 12 students ends at the end of their school year.
How to apply: Complete the Borrower's Card Application form

If bringing a group of students to the University to obtain a library card, please contact the Campus Card Centre in advance.
How to renew your card: Submit a new application form each year with your payment.
  General enquiries: 9351 2994


Other Categories of Borrower

Library card: Library Borrower's Card
Available to:
  • Centre for English - Intensive English preparation students - apply as a Community Borrower
  • Foundation Program students
  • Members of the University of Sydney Foundation
  • Fellows or former Fellows of the University of Sydney Senate.
  • Rollins College of Australian Studies Program students
  • Universal Education Centre students
Cost: some fees may apply
Loan conditions: Standard loan conditions but with the following exceptions:
  • a limit of 10 loans at a time
  • a limit of 10 renewals per item
  • no requests, holds or reservations (Except items in Storage)
  • no intercampus loans, document delivery or interlibrary Loans
  • no 2 Hour Collection items may be borrowed
Access to electronic resources:
  • No off-campus access to Library electronic resources.
  • Eligible for on-campus access to the majority of Library electronic resources; the few platforms you are not eligible to access can be found on the restricted access page.

Computer access: There is limited access to Library Desktops at each Library. You can see the numbers of available computers here.
To apply or renew your card: Please contact the Campus Card Centre for further information.