Not from UNSW

Visiting the Library

Members of the public and UNSW Library members may visit the Library during regular Library opening hours.

A valid membership is required to:

  • access computers
  • access online resources
  • borrow items

To make photocopies or scan, photocopy cards can be purchased from the Print/Copy Services desk located opposite the Level 2 lift foyer. 

WiFi on the UNSW network is restricted to UNSW staff and students only. Visiting academics and university students registered with eduroam from your home institution, may access the eduroam network while on campus without becoming a Library member.

UNSW conjoint staff

To access the Library, UNSW conjoint staff will need to:

You can then use your staff card to borrow Library items and access online resources.

For more information, contact your Outreach Librarian.

Become a UNSW Library member

If you are not a current UNSW staff or currently enrolled student, you can apply to become a Library member. To apply, you will need to complete an online Library membership form and provide relevant documentation.

Memberships are processed Monday to Friday, 9am and 4pm, excluding public holidays. The Library aims to process memberships within 3 business days. When your Library card is ready for collection you will be notified via email. Cards are to be collected from the Help Zone, Main Library. Please bring current valid photo ID for sighting by Library staff when collecting your card.

For information about membership types see the options below.

 

UNSW affiliated staff and visiting academics

Required documents

  • photo ID
  • proof of address (either on your photo ID or on a phone bill, etc.)
  • a letter signed by your faculty or department on letterhead stating:
    • your name
    • in what capacity you are working or researching
    • length of time you are working with the faculty or department
    • a statement of indemnity

A statement of indemnity may be worded as follows:

"The Faculty or Department of ----- agrees to indemnify UNSW Library against all losses, costs and expenses incurred by reason of the member named above failing to observe the rules and conditions of membership of the Library".

Fees

No fees apply.

Expiry date

One year from the date of your application or on the termination date of your employment (if less than one year).

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights
  • Access to WiFi is available through UNSW IT
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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UNSW alumni

UNSW students who have graduated or have completed their program and are eligible for graduation may apply for Library alumni membership.

Note: The Alumni and External Engagement Office offers remote access to a limited number of databases for UNSW Alumni. Library membership is not required for this free service.

Required documents

  • photo ID
  • proof of address (either on your photo ID or on a phone bill, etc.)
  • proof of your alumni status (one of the following):
    • any academic record demonstrating you are a UNSW graduate
    • email confirmation from the alumni team verifying that you are a UNSW graduate

Note: The Alumni and External Engagement Office offers remote access to a limited number of databases for UNSW Alumni. Library membership is not required for this free service.

Fees

No fees apply.

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is one year from the date of your application.

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights; note that some online resources are available to current UNSW staff and students only
  • Access to WiFi is not available to UNSW alumni
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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NIDA staff and students

Required documents

  • photo ID
  • proof of address (either on your photo ID or on a phone bill, etc.)
  • NIDA ID card

Fees

No fees apply.

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 31 March.

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights; note that some online resources are available to current UNSW staff and students only
  • Access to WiFi is not available to NIDA staff and students
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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Borrowers from other universities (ULANZ)

Required documents

  • photo ID
  • proof of address (either on your photo ID or on a phone bill, etc.)
  • proof of current enrolment/employment from your university e.g. letter of enrolment/employment

Your university must be an eligible Universities Libraries Australia & New Zealand (ULANZ) member

Fees

  • staff - no fees apply
  • students - $50.00 per annum (plus GST)

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 31 March.

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights; note that some online resources are available to current UNSW staff and students only
  • Access to WiFi may be available through eduroam from your home institution
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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Community borrowers (including retired UNSW staff and students from UNSW Institute of Languages)

Required documents

  • photo ID
  • proof of address (either on your photo ID or on a phone bill etc.)

Fees

  • community members - $180.00 per annum (plus GST)
  • retired UNSW staff (10 years or more service - a letter can be obtained from HR) - $90.00 per annum (plus GST)

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is one year from the date of your application.

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights; note that some online resources are available to current UNSW staff and students only
  • Access to WiFi is not available to community borrowers
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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Schools Partnership Program

Required documents

  • completed application form, available from your school (signed by the student, a parent or guardian, and a school representative)
  • photo ID

Teachers, Year 11 and Year 12 students are eligible to join. High schools must be signatories to the Schools Partnership Program. Schools wishing to join should contact the Library.

Fees

  • students - $35.00 per annum (plus GST)
  • teachers - $70.00 per annum (plus GST)

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 30 September.

Access to resources

  • See borrowing rights; note that some online resources are available to current UNSW staff and students only
  • Access to WiFi is not available to Schools Partnership Program members
  • Group study room booking is only available to current UNSW students
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