Library conditions of use


1. Purpose
2. Authorised users
3. Access to facilities and services
4. Conditions of use of library resources
5. Conduct
6. Schedule of penalties

1. Purpose

UNSW Library facilities and resources are provided to support the educational, research and administrative activities of the University. UNSW Library aims to provide resources, services and study spaces that are conducive to learning and research. These conditions of use are intended to ensure equitable access for all Library users.

2. Authorised users

a) Members of the University Council, all members of staff and all students of The University of New South Wales are registered as UNSW Library members.

b) Other people may be registered as UNSW Library members under conditions determined by the University Librarian.

3. Access to facilities and services

a) All authorised users and visitors to the campus have access to designated public areas within the Library building/s and to the facilities and collections in these public areas. Access may be restricted to authorised users at particular times or dates. Booking of particular spaces may be limited to certain user groups.

b) Authorised users defined in Section 2 (a) have access to the Library's subscribed electronic resources. Some electronic resources are not available to authorised users defined in Section 2 (b).

c) Authorised users and visitors may be asked to show relevant identification when using library facilities and may be required to authenticate themselves before using library electronic resources.

d) Use of other users' accounts, or attempting to gain access to library resources under false pretenses, is prohibited. Authorised users and visitors are also prohibited from helping unauthorised users gain access to resources.

e) UNSW Library facilities may not be used for commercial purposes.

4. Conditions of use of library resources

a) Borrowing conditions, loan periods and penalties for overdue items are specified on the Library website. It is the responsibility of authorised users to familiarise themselves with all borrowing information on the Library website and adhere to loan periods and conditions.

b) Library computers are provided for authorised users and visitors for use of library and course-related resources. Users of library computers must comply with the following University-wide policies and procedures:

c) Library members and visitors must observe the Copyright Act 1968 provisions and regulations at all times when accessing library resources both on and off campus. Most of the electronic resources provided by UNSW Library are subject to licence agreements and copyright restrictions. Individual users are personally responsible for ensuring their use of these resources complies with all relevant legislation and agreements.

d) Personal belongings may not be left unattended in the Library. Any unattended items may be removed. Details are outlined in the UNSW Library policy on left property.

5. Conduct

a) Library members and visitors must respect other Library users at all times and not participate in behaviour or conduct likely to interfere with the comfort or convenience of others, in accordance with the UNSW Code of Conduct and Student Conduct Policy

b) The Library aims to be a safe and healthy environment, conducive to study for all users.

  • Smoking is not permitted in the Library
  • Drinking (bottles or cups with lids) and eating of cold dry snacks is permitted throughout the Library
  • No alcohol, hot food, meals or odorous foods may be brought into the Library
  • Mobile phones are permitted, provided the ring tone is set to silent

c) The University reserves the right to check bags, folders or other belongings of library members and visitors.

d) Displaying posters and notices is allowed in designated areas of the Library at the discretion of the University Librarian. Prior authorisation must be obtained.

e) Photography and filming requires prior authorisation from the University Librarian.

f) Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

6. Schedule of penalties

The schedule below outlines the maximum fines and penalties that may be imposed by the University Librarian for certain offences by Library users.

Theft or attempted theft of Library items, equipment, furniture or furnishings $700 + replacement cost
Defacing, mutilating or damaging Library items, equipment, furniture or furnishing or wilfully altering or destroying identification marks relating to the ownership or location of Library items, equipment, furniture or furnishings $700 + replacement cost
Obtaining or using a Library card or photocopying/printing card under false pretences $700
Smoking in Library buildings (including stairwells and decks) $350
Eating or drinking in Library buildings (other than allowed items) $350
Behaviour which adversely impacts on other individuals' use or access to Library facilities and resources $350

For all offences listed above, assessment results and student administration records will be blocked for UNSW students until such time as the fine is paid and the matter is resolved satisfactorily as deemed by the University Librarian.

Serious or repeated infringements will be referred to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for academic staff, the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) for students or the Executive Director, University Services for professional and technical staff. Offences may be referred to UNSW Security and NSW Police who may take further action.

Andrew Wells
University Librarian

Date of Revision: 20 January 2016
Review date: 20 January 2017
Prepared by: Sarah Fredline
Contact: Sarah Fredline