Library conditions of use policy

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 clients.

The scope of this policy excludes UNSW Canberra.

Authorised clients

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.

Access to facilities and services

a) All authorised clients 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 clients at particular times or dates. Booking of particular spaces may be limited to certain client groups.

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

c) Authorised clients 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 clients' accounts, or attempting to gain access to Library resources under false pretences, is prohibited. Authorised clients and visitors are also prohibited from helping unauthorised clients gain access to resources.

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

Conditions of use of library resources

a) Borrowing conditions, loan periods and penalties for overdue items are specified in the Study section of this website. It is the responsibility of authorised clients 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 clients and visitors for use of Library and course related resources. Clients using 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 clients 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's Left property policy.


a) Library members and visitors must respect other Library clients 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 Code Policy

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

  • Be mindful and respectful of others and keep noise to a minimum
    • Discussions and mobile phones conversations should be kept at an acceptable level that does not disturb other clients
    • The volume of mobile phones and electronic devices should be at a level that cannot be heard by other clients
    • Disruptive behaviour and excessive noise are not acceptable in any space in the Library
  • UNSW, including the Library, is a smoke-free environment
  • Hot and cold drinks (non-alcoholic) are permitted provided they are in a covered container
  • Cold dry snacks may be eaten in most areas in the Library
  • Meals and hot food may be eaten in one of the designated eating spaces
  • For your own safety and the comfort of other clients, sleeping in the Library for an extended period is not permitted. Staff reserve the right to wake a sleeping person

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 under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

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 clients.

Offence Fine
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
Consumption of food and drink in Library buildings - other than allowed items and/or in designated eating spaces $350
Behaviour which adversely impacts on other individuals' use or access to Library facilities and resources $350


May 2018

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