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Sir Louis Matheson Library


Sir Louis Matheson Library

The Sir Louis Matheson Library, located at Clayton campus, was founded in April 1964 to house the University's growing humanities and social sciences collection. In its early years, it became known as the main library and, on the 21st September 1994, was officially named the Sir Louis Matheson Library, after the University's founding Vice-Chancellor. Today, it is one of seven libraries across the Australian campuses and is well-known among past and present students and staff at Monash as well as visitors from the broader community.


Did you know that the Matheson Library is a complex made up of three buildings? The first of the buildings adjacent to the Administration Building and the forum in the south comprised stage one which was completed in 1964. The second building and the relocation of the library entrance was completed in 1969. The third building called the Information Services Building was built in 1993. Quite auspiciously on its 50th year, plans to refurbish the Matheson Library are underway and work will commence this year.

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The Matheson Library houses significant special collections of national and international importance. These include: Rare Books, Asian Studies and Music and Multimedia, and attract scholars from not only within Monash but world wide.

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Over the last 50 years, tens of millions of people have walked through the doors of Matheson Library. In the last three years alone, over 3.2 million people have been to the library.

Library staff, university staff, students and alumni have their own Matheson stories to share. Fond memories, funny stories and the unusual are welcome.

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  • Key events

    Rare Books exhibition - 27 March to 5 June
    Men of Stamina, women who Dare
    An exhibition of advertising material from the Rare Books Collection

    Vice-Chancellor's visit - 10 April

    Debate: Is student activism dead? - 19 May
    Presented by Monash Association of Debaters

    Turning the page: a series of books, writers and conversations - 19 to 23 May
    Matheson Library in cooperation with Monash University Publishing, Monash Alumni and the Faculty of Arts will bring some of the most respected authors to the library. Events are free.

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