UNSW Library re-opening for Term 3

10/09/2020 - 11:58am

With the gradual return to campus the Library announces some important changes to our spaces, opening hours, services and support for Term 3.

Library Buildings

From Monday 14 September, Main, Law and Paddington Libraries (including both study spaces and print collections) is open for UNSW students and staff, with more than 850 seats available and COVID Safe measures in place.

What is available?

  • Collections (general and high use)
  • Study spaces
  • Printing
  • Computers
  • Laptop loans (Main and Law Libraries only)
  • Device charging stations

How the Library is being COVID Safe

  • Hand sanitiser, antibacterial spray and wipes will be readily available
  • Visitors will be recorded upon entry by scanning their UNSW ID at the door
  • Desks and furniture will be clearly marked to ensure physical distancing
  • Communal areas will remain closed (e.g. group study rooms and kitchenettes)
  • Returned books will be quarantined prior to re-shelving

As a condition of entry, you must agree to comply with all 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.

Book an individual study space

You can now save time trying to find somewhere to study. To reserve a desk or computer, book an individual study space available at all libraries.

Our new bookable zones will be on:

  • Main Library Level 3 (Media booths)
  • Main Library Level 4
  • Main Library Level 7 (Silent study)
  • Law Library Level 1
  • Paddington Library Level 1

Each Library has a variety of different study spaces available, with both bookable and walk up spaces available.

Opening hours

Library opening hours have been extended for Term 3.

Main Library

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 4pm Level 2 only
  • Sunday and public holidays: Closed

Law Library

  • Monday to Friday: 7am to 10pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 4pm

Paddington Library

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: Closed



Students and staff will be able to walk-in to borrow and request items from the UNSW Library collections.

General collection

  • Available to browse and borrow at all UNSW Libraries
  • Physical film and video resource bookings are unavailable

High Use Collection

  • Available to browse and borrow at all UNSW Libraries
  • High Use Collection items are available to loan for two hours at a time for use in the Library only and no overnight loans


  • Available to all students and staff
  • Items cannot be requested between Main and Law Libraries

Interlibrary loans

  • Available to staff, postgraduate and honours students
  • Only available for electronic resources not held by UNSW Library

All general collection and interlibrary loan items can be returned via the after-hours return chutes at any UNSW Library location. All high demand items must be returned at the same Library from which they were borrowed. All High Use Collection items must be returned using the self-check machine where the item was borrowed.

All returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before being re-shelved or made available for request. There may be a delay in updating your Library record.

At this time, we are unable to take new membership applications or book donations.


The Library remains committed to supporting the learning, teaching and research needs of the university by continuing to offer our support services online.

Contacting the Library

If you have any questions or enquiries, contact us during our staffed hours.

General Library enquiries

  • Library chat (available via the Library website)
  • Phone (+61 2 9065 9444)
  • Ask a question form

Scholarly enquiries

Online resources

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