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The University of Sydney Library is the library system of the University of Sydney. According to its publications, it is the largest academic library in the southern hemispheremarker, with a print collection of over 5.1 million items (circa 2005). It is composed of thirteen libraries across eight campuses of the university. The main building, Fisher Library, is named after Thomas Fisher, an early benefactor.

Amongst the collection are many rare items such as one of the two extant copies of the Gospel of Barnabas, and a first edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton.

Fisher Library

Fisher Library is the main library of the University and located on Eastern Avenue in the Camperdown/Darlington campus of University of Sydney adjacent to Victoria Parkmarker. Although the University library had previously been housed in the original building, in what is presently the Senate Room, its collection was moved to the purpose-built Fisher Library when it was completed in 1908. The original building constitutes the south-western corner of the Main Quadrangle and the original reading room is now MacLaurin Hall. Fisher Library moved to its present location in 1962. The current library consists of two conjoined buildings, which were built separately due to funding issues in the early days of the university.

Fisher Undergraduate library (Building F03) was built in 1962 and holds multiple copies of texts commonly used by undergraduate students of the university. This building also houses the computer access centre, the audio and visual collection, the rare books and special collections section, and the photocopying room.

Fisher Research library (Building F04) was built in 1967 with copper clad outer walls and is an accessible stack library with a larger and more historical collection.

This building also houses the East Asian collection. There is additional space in the F04 building which is used by the School of Psychology. Until the end of 2005, the basement of the building also housed the Fishery Café, a location largely unknown to most of the student population probably because it was unable to be accessed from the front of the building nor from within the library itself. This side entrance to the building is currently no longer closed due to construction of the new Faculty of Law building, between the Fisher Research and Carslaw buildings, and fronting Victoria Park and Eastern Avenue, as construction has been completed.

Other libraries

Badham Library


Most of the other libraries of the University of Sydney Library are associated with particular Schools and Faculties. While these libraries specialise in their collections, there is no restriction on their use by borrowers: all library users have access to all collections.

  • Badham Library - Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Biological Sciences (Badham Building, Camperdown Campus)
  • Camden Library - Veterinary Science, Agriculture (Camden Campus)
  • Curriculum Resources Collection - Education (within Fisher Undergraduate Library, Camperdown Campus)
  • Dentistry Library (Sydney Dental Hospital Campus)
  • East Asian Collection (within Fisher Research Library, Camperdown Campus)
  • Health Sciences Library (Building R, Cumberland Campus)
  • Freehills Law Library (Camperdown Campus)
  • Medical Library (Bosch Building, Camperdown Campus)
  • Nursing Library (Building F, Mallett Street Campus)
  • Rare Books (within Fisher Research Library, Camperdown Campus)
  • Schaeffer Fine Arts Library - incorporating the Power Research Library of Contemporary Art (Mills Building, Camperdown Campus)
  • SciTech Library - Architecture, Engineering, Chemistry, Geosciences, Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, Physics, Mathematics (Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus)
  • Storage - Darlington Repository Library (Darlington Campus)
  • Sydney College of the Arts Library (Sydney College of the Arts Campus)
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library (Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus)
  • Sydney eScholarship digital collections


The most recent library to be established is the SciTech Library, which opened in late 2008 in the new Jane Foss Russell building on Darlington campus. It consolidates the collections of the former Architecture, Engineering, Madsen and Mathematics libraries in one location.

The Law Library will move to the new Law Building on the Camperdown Campus in early 2009, along with the rest of the Sydney Law School.

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