Places to study on the Clayton and Caulfield campuses

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library and Caulfield Library are underway and will be completed by the end of 2016. Both libraries will remain open throughout, although some sections will be closed as construction progresses. 

The airport lounge at the Campus Centre at Clayton
At the Matheson Library, staff have temporarily redeployed furniture to other areas of the library to minimise the reduction in seating. Additional seating is now available on the ground level around the Research and Learning point, on Level 1 in the former Document Delivery area, on Level 5 General Collection and Level 2 Journal Collection. 

The Hargrave-Andrew Library and Law Library on the Clayton campus have additional seating available for students seeking a quiet spot to study over the refurbishment period.

Alternative study spaces have also been made available:
  • The airport lounge on Level 1 of the Campus Centre -- From 10 August, the Campus Centre will be open until midnight Monday-Friday.
  • The new IT Lab (Base Lab) in the Campus Centre will be open throughout semester.
  • The Monash Sport cafĂ© area -- Monash Sport is open until 10pm.

Watch the video for more information on places to study on the Clayton campus.

At Caulfield Library, the heavy demolition as part of Stage 1 of the refurbishment finished last week, and lighter demolition and other works will occur for the next several weeks.

External pedestrian paths have changed for which wayfinding signage is in place. Disability access to the library is via the lift in Building B and across the Level 2 walkway. 

The student kitchen on Level 2 will close this weekend due to the refurbishment, and a new one will open in room B228 on Monday 10 August. Please note that you can also heat your food in the student kitchens in the S2 student lounge and in room T125A.

Alternative study spaces on the Caulfield campus are being considered and will be announced shortly.
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  1. "staff have temporarily redeployed furniture to other areas of the library" .... how could they have done this when they've stated in the past they had no more room for computers/seating

    1. There has not been additional space created apart from offices vacated by staff who have all been relocated in the adjoining building. Some study spaces have been closed off as the build will start soon. This means there is even lesser space at this time. We know this would add pressure but as an interim measure, the desks from the closed sections have been redeployed elsewhere in the library. More accurately, the desks have been squeezed in where they could be squeezed in. If you have been to the library this week, you would have seen how tight the desks have been arranged. Again, this is only a temporary situation during the refurbishment. When it is all finished, there will be a 25% increase in available seats, 23 bookable discussion rooms, and 4 state-of-the-art teaching spaces that will be open to students when they are not being used for teaching.

  2. You have stated that "Alternative study spaces on the Caulfield campus are being considered and will be announced shortly." However, shouldn't that have been considered even before the project was approved? The number of study spaces were inadequate even before this refurbishment, so now the customers of Monash, we do not have anywhere to sit down and have a group discussion. When will you stop this "consideration" process and announce these study spaces?

  3. We recognise the disruption and pressure on study spaces during the library refurbishments at Clayton and Caulfield campuses. At Caulfield the lack of student learning and study spaces was a key factor in the decision to refurbish the Library. Alternative spaces will be made available throughout the refurbishments at both campuses, their exact location dependent upon each semester’s space commitments for teaching. The first of these alternative spaces is to be located in Building T on the campus and will be made available from Monday 24th August. Details regarding access and hours of operation will be communicated more broadly next week.

    The Caulfield Library refurbishment will deliver double the current student learning and study spaces, from 750 to 1500 seats, from 2 to 7 bookable discussion rooms plus numerous technology rich group study areas, and from 2 to 4 state-of-the-art teaching rooms that will be available for student use when not being used for teaching.