Spaces to study in the libraries

A combined total of 103,486 people came to our libraries in Week 1 of Semester 1 last year. This year we're expecting about the same number, if not more. And it will only build momentum as the semester progresses. Here's a heads-up on the available study spaces in the libraries.

The libraries at Monash are great places to study, whether you want quiet or a place to work together. All the libraries will be open this year despite the refurbishment work at the Matheson and Caulfield libraries. These two libraries will have fewer seats than usual. We’ve added extra seats at the other libraries instead so there will be plenty of areas where you can settle down.

We’ve kept the reductions at our busiest libraries as small as we can, but they’re important to make sure that the refurbishment projects can finish on time (Matheson by the end of 2016 and Caulfield by March 2017).

Here’s how the study spaces work:

  • Matheson: 1,058 seats (down from 1,419 in 2015 because of the refurbishment)
  • Hargrave-Andrew: 790 seats
  • Law: 764 seats
  • Caulfield: 600 seats (down from 750) but there will be another reduction from May onwards as the building works move between levels
  • Berwick: 119 seats
  • Peninsula: 246 seats
  • Pharmacy: 122 seats.
During busy times, it’s good to remember that multi-level libraries may have more seats upstairs – at Matheson, there are extra study spaces on levels 2-5 in the General Collection. You can also use the teaching rooms at any library if there isn’t already a class there.

Bookable discussion rooms

Matheson, Law, Berwick and Peninsula libraries have discussion rooms for group study. You can book a room at


Every library has wifi and power is available at many of the desks, so you can bring your own device or you can use computers that are already set up. PC Finder on the Library website or in the Monash app will help you find a computer that’s available when you get to the library. The computers in both Matheson and Caulfield Libraries have been temporarily taken off PC Finder as these are constantly being moved around during the refurbishments.

Alternative spaces

If you can’t find a space in the libraries, there are alternative study areas which are open to all students at Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Try the airport lounge or the IT lab at the Campus Centre if you’re at Clayton, or the C1 study lounge in Building C at Caulfield.

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