18 July 2016

Matheson Library reopens

The Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus reopens on Monday 18 July via a temporary entrance on the eastern side in the Performing Arts courtyard near Robert Blackwood Hall.

Following a three-week closure, Matheson Library opens its 'back door' to students, staff and visitors. Half of the library has been refurbished and available for use, including more and modern, well-appointed study spaces, 15 bookable discussion rooms fitted with technology, and two adaptive technology rooms for users with a disability. Computers, wifi and printing are available.

Three teaching rooms are also now available. These rooms can be used by students as study spaces when they are not booked for library teaching programs.

Some areas are still hoarded off to allow the final stage to be completed. The final stage is due for completion in December 2016, although the front entrance will not be commissioned until the landscaping work in front of the library is completed by Orientation Week 2017.

The temporary entrance takes visitors to the lower ground level. Library staff will be available at a service point located in that atrium area to respond to queries. Temporary directory and signage will direct users to the areas that are open for use.

Key things to note:
  • The Information and the Research and Learning points are on the ground floor - take the north lift which is to your right as you enter the library from lower ground.
  • Access to the General Collection is through the south lift from lower ground. This lift currently services lower ground and  levels 2 to 5. Ground and level 1 in the south are closed for refurbishment.
  • Access to the Special Collections (Ada Booth, Asian, Kits, Teaching materials, Music, Multimedia) and Journals is through the north lift.
With the reopening of the library, users can again request items from other campuses via Search and choose Matheson Library as the pick-up location. Holds are now located on the ground floor next to the Information point.


  1. Wouldn't it be bizarrely incompetent if no power points were installed in the teaching rooms? Definitely not something that Monash would do- oh wait, yes it is.

    1. Teaching rooms 1 and 2 in the Matheson Library actually have power to the round tables. The reason that Teaching room 3 does not have power is that we wanted a flexible teaching space to re-arrange tables, to encourage collaboration and unfortunately power is not yet wireless! We made a conscious decision not to put power everywhere to enable flexible spaces. T3 is also equipped with recording and video conferencing facility which require flexibility in arranging the furniture. We also recognise that majority of students bring their own device and power bank.


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