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NEW GENERATION LIBRARIES

Engage, explore and learn

The transformed Sir Louis Matheson and Caulfield libraries are beautiful and modern libraries, and much more.

These are engaging places that encourage inquisitive minds. So you can uncover the answers, do amazing work and achieve more.

Be inspired

Place affects mood and culture. An inspiring space opens and uplifts the heart and mind. The Matheson and Caulfield library environments kindle wonder, thought and creativity.

The architects have created libraries that marry modern design with prominent original building features.

A substantial amount of artwork from the University’s collection adds depth to the Library user experience. As the curator says, "Art plays many roles in contemporary society. It can educate, challenge, intrigue, entertain and enrich -- much like a 21st-century library."

Exhibitions and permanent displays curated by Library staff and Monash researchers celebrate our special collections and research excellence.

Do amazing work

The redevelopment of the two libraries has resulted in more space, more technology and more inspiration. Seating in Matheson Library increased by 25% to 1,620 seats and in Caulfield Library doubled to 1,500 seats. There are also a range of options for quiet study and collaboration. Matheson Library has 20 discussion rooms and Caulfield Library has seven, all with audio-visual technology, plus open spaces providing large tables and screens to share.

New technologies have led to a preference for electronic resources, higher demand for computer access, power and Wi-Fi, and increased need for facilities for collaborative group work.

  • On average, Monash students use 2.2 personal devices on campus, according to an annual survey. Wireless access points and power abound in both libraries.
  • The digital wayfinding screens identify when a study space anywhere in a library is free, busy or full. The solution also integrates with the Library’s computer finder and room booking systems to provide live information on available computers and discussion rooms.
  • Banks of computers – a combination of PCs and Macs – are available. Networked printing facilities now enable wireless printing.

Both libraries have four teaching rooms, with two adjoining rooms able to serve as one facility large enough to accommodate about 90 students. The layout, furniture and technology in the teaching rooms foster interactive learning. When not in use for teaching, the rooms are available as study spaces for students.

Download the Matheson Library brochure

Download the Caulfield Library brochure

Discover more

A 21st century library is a window to the world. It's a place for blue-sky thinking, inspired by a conducive environment, a comprehensive collection and a rich experience through engaging art, exhibitions and displays.

Visit us.

Sir Louis Matheson Library

40 Exhibition Walk, Monash University

Clayton VIC 3168

Caulfield Library

Building A, 900 Dandenong Road

Caulfield East VIC 3145