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Special Collection

The Asian Collections together form a leading research facility for Asian studies in Australia and are supported by a team of specialist Asian studies librarians.


The collections consist primarily of Asian language materials with a focus on

The Asian Collections include extensive print, electronic and multimedia holdings. The Asian-language collections are complemented by English-language resources relating to Asia, including substantial holdings on South Asia. There are also rich research resources in Dutch and French for the study of colonial Indonesia and Indochina.

The Asian Collections house rare and archival materials, including the Norodom Sihanouk Archival Collection, the Suetsugu Collection, the Australia Tibet Council Collection, the David Chandler Cambodia Collection, the Balai Pustaka Collection, the Southeast Asia Pamphlets Collection and the Indonesian Historical Collection. Consult these inventories for information about the contents of these collections.

The Collections grow through selection of resources by the Asian studies librarians, requests from academics and researchers involved in Asian studies at Monash and donations, in line with the library's collection development policy.

The Asian Collections staff manage the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education (MCJLE) Collection (Teaching Collection: Japanese) and are major contributors to Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM), a collaborative venture between Monash University and University of Melbourne libraries.


The Asian Collections are located at the Matheson Library, Clayton, within the Special collections area of Level 1.


Use Search to discover materials in the collection. Most items are available for loan to Monash University staff and students, CAVAL and ULA borrowers and fee-paying members under standard loans conditions. Staff and students from the University of Melbourne may also access the collection under the auspices of the Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM).

Some special collections of rare or fragile material are on closed access and can only be consulted or photocopied in the library. Staff and students from other institutions can borrow most material held in the collection by requesting the required item from the Document Delivery/Inter Library Loans section of your institution's library.