Collection strengths

First  established in 1961, Monash University Library’s collections have grown to  become one of the largest in Australia and now include over four million items,  with:

  • 2.1 million books
  • 85,000 print and electronic journals
  • 420,000 electronic books
  • 1100 networked electronic databases.

Our  collections support the range of teaching and research directions of the  faculties and research centres of Monash University.

Our  extensive collection of scientific and other academic journals is world-class  and growing. The Library has purchased packages of electronic research journals  and books from all of the major publishers in science, engineering, technology  and medicine.

As well as  providing course-related material, the Library is providing scholarly resources  in the same areas that most undergraduates are studying.

We are also  proud to maintain a number of special collections of national and international significance.

The physical  collection is distributed among the six branch libraries but nearly all  material at any branch can be easily accessed on request by any Australian-based student or staff member from any other branch. The Library also makes use of an off-campus store for lesser-used materials and these too can be retrieved  and borrowed from any branch on request.