Building the collection
New material is added to the Library's extensive collection on an ongoing basis to provide users with access to a comprehensive range of quality scholarly resources in relevant areas of teaching, learning and research at Monash. The Library is e-preferred in order to maximise access to collection resources, allowing material to be available to multiple users simultaneously at all times. Resource selection aims to ensure that access is maximised for Monash University staff and students regardless of physical location. With a majority of journals and books available electronically, as well as a vast and growing corpus of streaming media content, in excess of three-quarters of the collection budget is spent on electronic resources.
The Library also has an expanding user-driven selection program whereby thousands of ebooks and streaming resources are made available through the Library's Search tool and are automatically purchased if valid use is triggered.
Monash University staff and students are encouraged to be actively involved in selecting new scholarly material. All staff and students should consult with the appropriate subject librarian(s) to select and assess scholarly resources. The decision to purchase an item is based on the teaching, learning and research requirements of the University, as well as available funds.