Rules and policies

Library conditions of use

The Library Conditions of Use Policy defines the rights and responsibilities for effective, ethical and lawful Library use by staff, students and visitors.

Information for UNSW Library members about Access to the Library, Use of the Library, Conduct in the Library and Infringement of Library rules.

UNSW Library facilities and resources are provided to support the educational, research and administrative activities of the University.

Collection development policy

The Collection Development Policy has been created as a planning tool to give direction and focus to the selection and collection practice. It ensures that the overall collection and access to the collection supports the aims of both the University and the Library.

The primary aim of the Library is to collect, organise and provide access to information in all formats needed to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of the user population.

UNSW Library policy on left property

The UNSW Library policy on left property will apply to Group Study Rooms, Seminar Rooms and open seating areas across all three UNSW Library locations; Main Library - Kensington, Law Library - Kensington and the College of Fine Arts (COFA) Library - COFA Campus - Paddington.

UNSWorks Guidelines

UNSWorks is a repository for UNSW research output. See UNSWorks Guidelines for further information.

Conditions of use of electronic resources

Access to UNSW Library's electronic resources is governed by licence agreements.

Electronic resources may only be used for non-commercial research and educational purposes.

Conditions for downloading and copying material:

  • Downloading an entire issue of a publication is prohibited.
  • Only limited copying of copyright material is allowed. The limits are:
    - all or part of one article in a journal, more if on the same subject
    - 10% or one chapter (whichever is greater) of a book
  • copyright and proprietary notices must not be removed from any printed or downloaded material
  • use of material must be cited appropriately
  • use of software, including scripts, agents or robots to download data/information is prohibited

Failure to meet these conditions may result in the information provider suspending or cancelling access to the resource for the entire UNSW community.

Children visiting the Library

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times within the UNSW Library buildings. See UNSW Children on Campus Policy for further information.