Changes to the Matheson Library

Works on the Sir Louis Matheson Library have passed the halfway mark, and we’re well on track for completion by the end of the year. In order to undertake the final stage of this transformation process, a number of temporary changes are required to library operations and access. 

Temporary closure during the mid-year break

The Matheson Library will close to all staff, students and visitors on Saturday 25 June and will reopen on Monday 18 July ready for the start of Orientation Week. Check the blog for a list of alternative study and work areas and arrangements for pick-up and return of items for this period.

During these three weeks, we’ll complete the heavy demolition works to pave the way for the new and visually striking library entrance. This will involve the demolition and replacement of some external wall portions with transparent facades to improve the visual connection into and out of the library.

While these works are being carried out, we will closely monitor and manage noise and dust levels to ensure minimal disturbance to neighbouring building occupants.

Relocation of library entrance

From 18 July, the library entrance will be temporarily closed and a new entry will be created on the eastern side in the Performing Arts courtyard. This entrance will remain in place until the beginning of Semester 1 2017. During this time, we’ll construct the spectacular new library entrance as well as complete landscaping works in the Forum.

Initial hoarding has been installed, and will be extended out progressively in line with works staging. With this hoarding in place, there will be no access to the after-hours book return chute. Borrowers can return books after hours using the return chutes at the Hargrave-Andrew and Law libraries during this time.

Landscaping works on the Forum

In September, we’ll commence landscaping works on the Forum, the lawn area between the Matheson Library, Chancellors Walk and Exhibition Walk. These works will rejuvenate the area, complement the new Matheson Library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

A new forecourt will be established to the Matheson Library adjacent to the Menzies Building, providing areas to meet, gather and study within a reinvigorated landscape. We’ll also improve pedestrian access with larger walkways and new lighting.

Hoarding around the Matheson Library will change as various stages of the Forum landscaping are completed. Directional signage will be in place to guide pedestrian access until the completion of works in February 2017.

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