Visiting and membership

Visiting the Library

Members of the public and UNSW Library members may visit UNSW Library during regular Library opening hours to access facilities and collections on site. You can plan your visit using public transport or limited paid parking is available on campus.

To protect our community, it is strongly recommended that you wear a face mask, practice physical distancing and use hand sanitiser and antibacterial spray with paper towels readily available throughout the Library.

Laptop loans and study space bookings are available to current students only.

To make photocopies or scan, purchase a photocopy card from the Print/Copy Services desk Level 2 Main Library.

Visiting academics and university students registered with eduroam from your home institution, may access the eduroam Wi-Fi network while on campus. You do not need to become a Library member.

University visitors may use your personal device to access the UNSW guest Wi-Fi service.

A valid membership is required to:

  • access Library computers
  • borrow items
    • requests for some print collection items are only available to current UNSW staff and students and some Library memberships
    • interlibrary loans (ILL) service is available to current UNSW staff, postgraduate and honours students
  • access online resources:
    • some resources are only available to current UNSW staff and students
    • some memberships can access online resources only when using the Library desktop computers (no remote or home access).

UNSW conjoint staff

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

You can then use your UNSW staff ID 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. School membership registrations are currently unavailable.

You will receive an email when your Library membership card is ready for collection. Collect your card from the Help Zone, Main Library. Please bring current valid photo ID for sighting by Library staff.

For information about membership types and documentation required see the options below. Consider if membership provides you with the access to Library resources and services that you need.

Apply for membership

 

UNSW affiliated staff and visiting academics

Fees

No membership fee.

Access to resources

For information on what you can borrow and access see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

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

Required documents

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of address (for example on your photo ID or a phone bill)
  • A letter signed by your faculty or department on letterhead providing:
    • 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".

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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.

Fees

No membership fee.

Access to resources

Some resources are not available. For information on what you can borrow and access see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

Three years from the date of your application.

Required documents

  • Current 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.
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NIDA staff and students

Fees

No membership fee.

Access to resources

Some resources are not available. For information on what you can borrow and access see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 31 March.

Required documents

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of address (for example on your photo ID or a phone bill)
  • NIDA ID card
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Borrowers from other universities (ULANZ)

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

Fees

  • Staff - no fees apply
  • Students - $55.00 per annum (includes GST)

Access to resources

Some resources are not available. For information on what you can borrow and access see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 31 March.

Required documents

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of address (for example on your photo ID or a phone bill)
  • Proof of current enrolment/employment from your university e.g. letter of enrolment/employment
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Community borrowers (including retired UNSW staff and students from UNSW Institute of Languages)

Fees

  • Community members - $198.00 per annum (includes GST)
  • Retired UNSW staff - $99.00 per annum (includes GST)

Access to resources

Some resources are not available. For information on what you can borrow and access see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

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

Required documents

  • Current photo ID
  • Proof of address (for example on your photo ID or a phone bill)
  • Retired UNSW staff (10 years or more service) - an employment statement letter can be obtained from HR
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Schools Partnership Program

School membership registrations are currently unavailable.

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 - $38.50 per annum (includes GST)
  • Teachers - $77.00 per annum (includes GST)

Access to resources

Some resources are not available. For information on what you can borrow see borrowing rights.

Expiry date

Your card expiry date is 30 September.

Required documents

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