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The Rydge Family Library

The Rydge Family Library holds a specialised collection of resources designed to support NextSense Institute's research and postgraduate programs, as well as the information needs of NextSense staff.
Rydge Family Library reading area

Our collection has grown steadily over 25 years. We collect resources which are relevant to professionals who teach and support people with hearing and vision loss.

Information for students and staff

Postal loans of material from the library’s collection are available to NextSense Institute students and NextSense staff. Our helpful librarians can access and email journal articles and book chapters to you, and perform database searches to find literature on a topic.

Our facilities

The Rydge Family Library offers a comfortable and modern environment for students and staff, with access to wi-fi and laptops. There's a quiet study room for group or individual use as well as desktop PCs, printing and photocopying facilities.

The library is adjacent to the Student Common Room, with access to kitchen facilities, a DVD player and study space.

Multisearch

All the information resources of the Rydge Family Library are listed on Macquarie University’s MultiSearch tool. Holds, requests and renewals can be made by logging into MultiSearch with your Macquarie University OneID.

NextSense Institute students can access journal articles, eBooks and course readings through MultiSearch.

Borrowing

NextSense Institute students and NextSense staff can borrow a maximum of 10 items at time, which can be posted out to you. The loan period is for four weeks. It is the responsibility of borrowers to cover the cost of return postage of items sent out by mail.

Renewals may be made twice unless the item has been requested by another borrower.

Reference books and journal articles cannot be loaned. Photocopying and scanning facilities are available in the library.

Parents and carers of children who are receiving services through NextSense, and NextSense volunteers are also able to make use of the Rydge Family Library resources to support their information needs. Please contact us for details on how to register as a borrower.

Past students of the NextSense Institute may continue to borrow books from the library; this does not include access to electronic resources. Please contact us for details on how to register as an alumni borrower.

The Rydge Family Library participates in resource sharing through interlibrary loans and document delivery with libraries across Australia. If you are not affiliated with NextSense and wish to borrow from us, please contact your local library to arrange an interlibrary loan (charges may apply).

Members of the public may visit by appointment.

An after-hours book return chute is located near the main entrance.

Contact the library

Street address

Rydge Family Library, 361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, NSW 2151

Postal address

Rydge Family Library, Private Bag 29, Parramatta, NSW 2124

Email

institute.library@nextsense.org.au

Phone

(02) 9872 0285

About the Rydge family

Norman Rydge, AM OBE, is Vice-Patron of NextSense. He was a member of the Board of Directors from 1977 until 2009, and President from 1995 until 2009.

He and his wife Lorita, together with his family, are exceptional supporters of NextSense.

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