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Services for distance education students

Welcome to distance education students

The staff of the Health Sciences Library welcome you to the University as a distance education student. We are committed to providing you with resources to assist you in your studies and encourage you to use the library and its resources.

As an enrolled student you are entitled to access and use all libraries within the University of Sydney Library system. The Health Sciences Library is located at Lidcombe. However, if you live in a remote location, you may be able to arrange borrowing privileges at another appropriate tertiary institution near your home or workplace. You will find instructions on how to organise this under Reciprocal borrowing.

If you have a disability, check out the additional library services we offer.

Contacting the Library

Distance Education Service team - We handle all requests for library materials for students who are unable to personally visit the library. For Distance Education services please contact

Ms.Anita Fan
Telephone: (02) 9351 9028
Fax No.: (02) 9351 9421
Postal Address: P.O. Box 170, Lidcombe 1825

Faculty Liaison Librarians - The Library has specialist subject librarians who can help you to make the best use of the University Library's services and resources e.g. You can request a literature search for your research topic. They can be contacted through email or in person.

Hours of Opening

Monday to Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Inter Semester and Long Vacation
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

The Collection

The Library's collection of approximately 80,000 books, videos, dvds, and combined print and digital resources is particularly oriented towards the health sciences. We can obtain material from libraries elsewhere for you if required, including all other libraries in the University of Sydney Library system.

The Library catalogue lists all the materials held by the University of Sydney Library, a network of 13 libraries located on nine campuses. The Library web site provides access to services and resources, anywhere at anytime. Self-service options are offered through the catalogue.

Requesting Material

Requesting material is via the University Library's Document Delivery Service which requests material from other libraries and document suppliers in Australia and around the world for postgraduates and academic staff. This service also supports distance education students by providing access to material not electronically available in the University of Sydney Library.

In addition, the service enables students and academic staff to request articles via ArticleReach Direct-a new service which will allow you to request journal articles from 12 international libraries.

You need to register for Document Delivery services. To register, login to MyLoans and then click on the link "Register here" link. Once registered, logon to MyLoans and then click on the link "Request items from Document Delivery" to start requesting. To comply with the Copyright Act 1968 you must tick the declaration on the request forms stating that you will comply with Copyright requirements.

Some books in heavy demand are not available for postal loans. Videos, dvds and books are not available for overseas loan. As an alternative, web delivery of articles or book chapters that you request can be provided (limited to approximately one chapter per book).

You can renew loans yourself using MyLoans if it is from a renewable collection and there are no holds on your items.
You can also renew in person, by phone (02 935 19423), email or by fax (02 9351-9421).

Reciprocal Borrowing (ULANZ)

ULANZ - University Library Australia and New Zealand - is a an Australia wide and New Zealand borrowing scheme. Students or members of staff of the University of Sydney are eligible to borrow from other academic libraries. Students of the University of Sydney may be required to pay a fee. For participating libraries and conditions please check the list of ULANZ participating academic libraries

Access to Electronic Resources

The library catalogue lists resources in all the collections of the libraries of the University of Sydney, including books, journals, conference proceedings, newspapers, audio-visual materials, print and electronic resources.
Through the catalogue, you have access to:

For the best resources for your subject area look at the Subject Guides.

Online Tutorials

Need help deciphering citations? Or perhaps you would like some tips on searching smarter or how to use a specific database? Have a look at our information skills page for some short interactive tutorials.

Some other tutorials you might be interested in are

  • Human Anatomy
  • WriteSite: which can help you to develop your academic and professional writing skills

Subject Guides

If you are not sure where to start searching for information or you want to discover the best resources for your subject area have a look at the library subject guides. Library staff have identified useful resources, both library subscribed and free on the Internet to help you get the most out of your research.

If you cite Internet resources, you may consult the Internet citing guides or the Faculty's Guidelines for presentation of assignments.

The Health Sciences Library staff are here to support and assist you in completing your studies and enrich your learning experience at the University. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.