COVID-19: Updates on changes to UNSW Library services and spaces

10/07/2020 - 7:03pm

In line with the NSW State government's easing of COVID-19 restrictions for libraries, UNSW Library has reopened limited individual study spaces. UNSW students and staff can now access limited study spaces on Level 2 Main Library, both levels of the Law library and Ground Level Paddington Library.

Please note:

These spaces will be open for essential visits only and you will need to register in advance.

In order to access the study space, you must book via Eventbrite prior to visiting any Library. Study session times are listed in the opening hours information below. If you no longer require your study session, let someone else use the study space and cancel your Eventbrite booking.

A limited number of 'Quick visit' printing only tickets will be made available for each location for people who simply need access to printing facilities but are not looking for a study space. These visits will be limited to a 10 minute stay.

Physical distancing measures will be in place and maximum floor occupancy numbers will be strictly enforced. Approximately 300 seats are available across our three libraries.

As a condition of entry, you must agree to comply with the physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus and ensure you seek appropriate medical attention.

Students and staff who do not absolutely need to be on campus should continue to work from home until further notice.

Opening hours

Main Library

  • Open: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Study sessions: 9am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 4:45pm

Law Library

  • Open: 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Study sessions Monday to Friday: 7am to 11:30am, 12pm to 4:30pm and 5pm to 9:45pm
  • Study sessions Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am to 12:30pm and 1pm to 3:45pm

Paddington Library

  • Open: 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Study sessions: 10am to 1:45pm

What is open?

  • Individual study spaces on Level 2 Main Library, both levels of the Law Library and Ground Level Paddington Library
  • Printing facilities
  • Computer facilities
  • Laptop loans (Main Library only)
  • Device charging stations and lockers
  • After hours return chutes

What remains closed?

  • Face-to-face Help Zones - You can still speak with Library staff via Library chat and by phone (+61 2 8263 8200) or submit an Ask a question form
  • Kitchenettes including microwaves and eating areas
  • Access to UNSW Library physical collections is still restricted and books must be requested through the Click and Collect service
  • Internal return chutes
  • Recall services are still suspended
  • Film and video resource bookings, off-campus registrations and new membership applications such as alumni, ULANZ and community memberships

Help and resources

The Library remains committed to supporting the learning, teaching and research needs of the university during this time and has moved many services to fully digital delivery.


  • Borrow books in the High Use and general collections through the Library's Click and Collect service
  • Staff, postgraduate and honours students can request interlibrary loans for electronic resources not held by UNSW Library
  • We are still advising borrowers to keep their standard loans until further notice. These items will continue to be automatically renewed and no late fines will be incurred
  • Please return all 24 hour loans (High Use Collection) and 7 day loans (high demand books) to the after hours return chutes at the same Library from which they were borrowed
  • Please return all interlibrary loans through the after hours return chutes or by post
  • There will be a delay of at least 24 hours before items are removed from your record

Online support

Online resources


We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many students and staff at UNSW. The Library is committed to supporting you during this time.

If you have any issues or questions, get in touch via Library chat and by phone (+61 2 8263 8200) during staffed hours or Ask a question.

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