New chapter for the Matheson Library
23 May 2017
The Sir Louis Matheson Library was established in April 1964 on the “paddock” of Clayton campus and takes pride of place opposite the Menzies Building and near the performing arts precinct landmark, the Robert Blackwood Hall. It is now regarded as one of the premier humanities and social sciences libraries in Australia.
The library now covers 12,480 square metres and houses over 1.5 million items, including significant special collections of national and international importance. These include Rare Books, Asian Studies and Music and Multimedia, which attract scholars from within Monash and around the world.
The Rare Books Collection, founded in 1961, is now on display through a new internal street in the redeveloped library.
The Matheson Library has a strong connection with Cambodia, hosting a large and unique array of Cambodian film collections, documents, photographs and books donated by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
A descendant of King Norodom, His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia attended the official re-opening.