UNSW Library re-opening for Term 3

02/11/2020 - 10:05am

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

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

  • For accurate contact tracing, upon entry you need to tap your UNSW ID card and sign in by scanning the QR code displayed at the door
  • Desks and furniture will be clearly marked to ensure physical distancing
  • Hand sanitiser, antibacterial spray and wipes will be readily available
  • Communal areas will remain closed (e.g. group study rooms and kitchenettes)
  • Returned books are quarantined prior to processing

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 are able to borrow and request items from the UNSW Library collections.

General collection

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 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 not be taken outside the Library and must be returned using the self-check machine where the item was borrowed.

All returned items are quarantined for 24 hours before being processed and re-shelved or made available for request. There will 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 both online and in person.

Contacting the Library

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

  • Staff are available in person at each Library in the Help Zone
  • Library chat (available via the Library website)
  • Phone (+61 2 9065 9444)
  • Ask a question form
  • For scholarly questions, book a subject Expert on demand
  • Postgraduate and honours students can book an online or phone Research consultation (individual or group consultations available)
  • Academic staff can contact their Outreach librarians for research and curriculum support

Online resources

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