Using the Library

Monash University Library is one of Australia's leading academic libraries, with a long-standing reputation for technological innovation and excellence in customer service.

There are over four million items in our collection, and we are proud to maintain a number of special collections of national and international significance.

There are seven branch libraries in Victoria, Australia and associated libraries in Malaysia and South Africa. The collection at each branch supports the faculties present on the campus it serves.

There are certain special collections which are of direct interest to the community including:

  • the Vera Bradford Music Collection (Peninsula Library) consists of books on the history of music, musical scores and librettos, sheet music and orchestral sets of music. Local music groups can access the collection by inquiring at the information point.
  • Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education Collection (Matheson Library, Clayton) Japanese language teaching kits and materials are available for loan to teachers from Victoria and Tasmania who have registered for a resource card with the MCJLE.
  • the Rare Books Collection (Matheson Library, Clayton) comprises materials considered rare because of age, uniqueness or physical beauty. Regular thematic exhibitions are presented and community members can attend exhibition openings or view rare and historical items at the Rare Books reading room.
  • the Visual History Archive of the USC SHOAH Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which community members can acess with a visitor's computer.  This archive provides access to over 50,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors.