Transforming Matheson: More than meets the eye

It has been in the cards for some time but don’t blink now because the Sir Louis Matheson Library will be undergoing a major transformation soon..... by Heidi Binghay.


An internal street will make
 finding your way in the library easier.
While you have been busy studying, the Library has been planning, designing and working with different groups of people. We are always working on programs, activities and resources anyway but this one in particular is a major project that you would love to read about.

It has been in the cards for some time but don’t blink now because the Sir Louis Matheson Library will be undergoing a major transformation soon.

Keep calm and study on
Work started in late November 2014after the exams.

The refurbishment will take almost two years and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. It seems like a long time and you’re probably wondering where you’re supposed to go to study during that whole time.

The library will remain open throughout the refurbishment and we will make every effort to ensure that you experience as little disruption as possible. If you prefer to work somewhere quieter, additional seating has been provided in the Hargrave-Andrew and Law Libraries on Clayton campus.

Living up to its status
For a library already so popular, with over 8,000 people visiting daily, we expect that the refurbishment will see this popularity soar even higher. The goal is to create a contemporary, engaging, inspiring and functionally effective library that reflects the status of the Sir Louis Matheson Library as one of Australia’s foremost humanities libraries.

Key features:
    An internal street to make navigating the library easier
    A modern, open-plan layout reflecting better natural daylight
    A variety of seating and desks to accommodate different study styles
    More group study rooms and improved teaching and learning spaces
    A new exhibition and function space and a special collection reading room
    A cafĂ© inside the library.
You can see a plan of the new-look Matheson Library online and make sure to check this blog for updates.
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