Academy Library Access

The Academy Library is currently accessible via swipe access from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday for UNSW Canberra students and staff. Library staff are now available onsite to assist. 

The Academy Library is not open to community borrowers or visitors at this time.  

Borrowing and access to physical items

  • The Canberra Library collections are available to UNSW Canberra and Sydney staff and students for borrowing.  

  • Standard loans will continue to automatically renew except for clients whose record is due to expire.

  • Returning and reshelving of physical items have recommenced but there may be some delays in availability on shelves.  


  • Intercampus loan requests have been reinstated between UNSW Canberra and UNSW Sydney. Courier deliveries will be limited, therefore the service will be noticeably slower. 

  • Recalls for items on loan will not impact current loans. Due dates will not change. Notifications will not be sent. Requests will be queued. 

  • Off-campus requests will be reinstated for registered users. Clients impacted by COVID-19 will be eligible for the off-campus service.

Interlibrary loans: 

  • Digital copies of journal articles and book chapters will continue to be supplied and delivered. 

  • The book option on the ILL form has been reactivated. As access to other library collections may remain restricted for some time, eBooks will be purchased to fill these requests where possible.

  • Clients will be referred to UNSW Canberra Library Ask Us to find alternative sources when requests cannot be filled.

Keeping safe

  • To enter the Library, staff and students must swipe their ID cards and check in using the Check in CBR app.  

  • As per ACT Health Guidelines, face masks must be worn inside the Library and physical distancing must be observed.   

  • Staff and students are asked to support hand-hygiene protocols by using the sanitiser provided.  

  • You are asked not to come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been directed by ACT Health, or other authorities to quarantine or isolate.  

Help and support 

Clients are welcome to call 0434 369 043 for assistance – 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

In addition to our in-person services, the Academy Library will continue to provide quality support through digital channels.  

Currently there is no in-depth reference or research support being provided onsite however you can use the Library’s website to:  

  • AskUs a question  

  • Book an online or phone research consultation  

  • Search our extensive resources via SearchGateway (the library catalogue)  

  • Find curated resources with subject guides  

  • Submit course readings lists and get help with Leganto  

  • Suggest a Purchase for your teaching and/or your research