Your Library will support you

Your Library is committed to supporting you throughout your learning and research. You can access the services you need online and rest assured there are Library staff ready to help you.

Study spaces

As of 11 January 2021, our libraries will reopen to the public. If you’re visiting the library in person, you’ll need to scan a QR code to register your building entry. You will be able to use the space and browse our collections. Please note that we’re running a limited service and borrowing, membership purchasing/renewals etc won’t be possible until further notice.

All six libraries are open on a limited basis:

  • Matheson, Hargrave-Andrew and Law Libraries at Clayton and the Caulfield Library will be open 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday
  • Peninsula and Pharmacy Libraries will be open 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday

The libraries will operate within the following restrictions:

  • Only essential library staff are on-site
  • Virtual information points and self-serve access have been implemented for on-site collection
  • A density requirement of one person per two square metres applies (with no cap). When physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, it’s strongly recommended you continue to wear a face mask. You must carry a face mask at all times
  • Increased cleaning of all communal library spaces

Access to collections


The collections are available for use, except the Special Collections and exhibitions at the Matheson Library. You can use the self-check machines to borrow from the collections in these locations.

Changes to loans and fines

  • For your loan due dates, check your library account in Search, or the Library tile in My.Monash. You can return items at any of our libraries during opening hours or by using the 24-hour returns at the Sir Louis Matheson, Law and Hargrave libraries at Clayton, Peninsula Library and Pharmacy Library. There is no 24-hours returns chute at Caulfield currently. The 24-hour chutes will be open during the University closedown. More information about returns here.
  • Library fines for overdue items did not accrue during the closedown period (starting from 31 January 2020).
  • Fines will accrue from 1 March 2021, the start of Semester 1 teaching period.
  • A delay in the returned items being removed from your library account is normal and is due to our COVID safe quarantining.
  • Hold requests via Search are currently suspended. From 18 January 2021, all current Monash staff, students and alumni will be able to request on loan items in Search as well as items not held in their home library.

Learning support

Course material

Wherever possible, we're sourcing an online version of prescribed texts on reading lists. We're also increasing the number of ebook copies to ensure ready access to course readings when you need them.

Library classes

In addition to Library workshops delivered online as part of units and courses, generic and coursework-aligned programs are also being delivered via Zoom. Check out what's on offer in the Library Class Booking System via the Library tile on

Research and Learning drop-ins

If you need help with your assignments or studies, you can drop in completely online to get expert advice from a learning skills adviser or librarian. This is the same service provided at the Research and Learning point in the libraries, but instead of face to face it's now delivered online.

Essential skills for academic success

Check out some resources to guide you through the study process, from starting a unit to preparing for exams. Visit Research and Learning Online.

Document delivery service

The Document delivery service is for staff, graduate and honours students.

As most of our suppliers for document delivery and interlibrary loans are operating with access restrictions as a result of COVID19 closures, we will do our best to fill requests but please be aware that availability and turnaround times may be impacted.

If you have any questions, please contact

Research support

If you're a researcher, we offer a range of online services:

Need help?

Visit, use our new live chat, or call us on +61 3 9905 5054 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

For updates about Library services, see the COVID-19 Factsheet.