Library updates and support

Support for students and staff on campus or studying remotely during COVID-19 disruptions

The Library's top priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community. We are here to support you and your studies during this period of disruption and have modified some services to make things easier for you. Up-to-date information and advice from the University in response to COVID-19 is available on our dedicated website.

Contact us through our Library CHAT service, or via email or text. We will provide updates to this page as we respond to evolving circumstances, and encourage you to stay connected through our Library social media channels (Library Blog, Twitter and Instagram).

Library, Gallery and Cultural Collections Access

All our Library buildings are open to University of Newcastle students and staff via swipe card access only. Check Library hours for updated times at all locations. Library Service Zones have moved to a fully virtual service. Speak with Library staff via the device at the desk.

Access to the University Gallery and Wattspace Gallery is restricted. Please check the Gallery website for updates.

Cultural Collections and the GLAMx Lab have restricted access in place and use of these areas is currently by appointment only.

Ourimbah Library MakerSpace Workshops are currently suspended and access to the area is reduced.

Auchmuty and Ourimbah Carers and Kids Study Rooms have temporarily closed.

Our Book a Librarian service is currently suspended, please access help from a Librarian through our Library Live service.

Health and safety in the Library

Protect yourself and others by practicing these simple steps to help lower the chances of spreading the virus.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Washing your hands for 40-60 seconds, especially before eating, helps prevent the spread of illness or contamination from things you may have touched.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people in the Library while studying, queuing for coffee, or at the Service Zone.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze. Use an elbow or tissues to cover coughs or sneezes. Dispose of tissues and wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are unwell. Take care of yourself and access Library support and resources online.
Modified Services

We know service continuity is important and we are working to deliver the same high quality service regardless of your location and the disruptions that may be ahead. Some services changed on Monday 23 March to make access easier.

  • Increased the number of face to face online sessions with Librarians through Library Live to enable you to connect with us for support more often
  • We have removed limitations and increased access to our Proquest eResources and are negotiating similar levels of access with other publishers
  • Print Course Readings items will be replaced with eBooks where possible
Changes to Borrowing
  • All staff and students will be able to borrow up to 100 physical items from University of Newcastle Library locations
  • Borrowed University of Newcastle items will have unlimited renewals unless holds are in place
  • Course Readings items will now be available for 24 hour loan
  • All BONUS+ have been suspended for 3 months. Log into MyLibrary to check borrowed item status
Remote Library Access

View our Online Study Off Campus Support page to find tools and resources.

Online support from Library staff is available through Ask the Library for CHAT, email, or text.

Book a Library Live session at a time that suits you to get help from a Librarian via an online face-to-face meeting.

Visit our Online Resources and Support guide for information and help with basic and more advanced digital skills for using University learning technologies.

The Library has a range of eResources and online tools to assist with studying off campus.

  • Library Catalogue Newcat+ allows you to refine your search to locate online journal articles - select 'Journal Articles' from the Limit by menu on the left hand side. eBooks can be found by selecting FORMAT then ebook, or by searching an eBook collection. Check out the eBook Guide for more information
  • Subject Resource Guides help you find subject specific resources
  • Databases by Title for you to find the best library databases for your research, limit by subject or type
  • Lean Library Access provides one click access to UON Library’s subscription content and Open Access full text journal articles and eBooks wherever users are located, including off campus.
  • Referencing Guide provides information and examples for each reference style
  • Electronic Course Readings provides access to your readings via the menu in your Blackboard course