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Showing posts with label Matheson refurbishment. Show all posts

26 May 2017

Matheson Library turns a new page

The Sir Louis Matheson Library on Clayton campus has reopened from a stunning western entrance via the Forum. All study spaces are now available to students.


We celebrated the reopening of the Sir Louis Matheson Library on 23 May, completing its transformation into a modern, vibrant and stimulating learning and research environment.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said the refurbishment of the Matheson Library had reinvigorated the heart of the Clayton campus.

"So many of our alumni recall the Matheson Library as the site for where they spent their most formative and rewarding hours as students," Professor Gardner said.

"The Sir Louis Matheson Library is a cornerstone of the University and its transformation is of tremendous importance in our Clayton campus's academic, cultural and community life."

A key feature of the Clayton Campus Masterplan, the new-look library boasts a long list of benefits, including:
  • a welcoming and inspiring new entrance
  • improved navigation throughout the three buildings
  • four teaching spaces with a combined capacity for 200 students
  • a range of individual and collaborative study areas, with an overall 15% increase in seating to 1620 seats
  • technology-rich study areas, including 240 computers (67 are 27-inch iMacs and a range of laptops)
  • 20 bookable discussion rooms
  • Wi-Fi, powered workstations, and digital wayfinding pointing students to available study spaces.
University Librarian Cathrine Harboe-Ree said the completion of the refurbishment marks the culmination of a journey.

"We set out to create a welcoming, inspiring and enabling facility for first-class scholarship at Monash. We are already hearing that staff and students agree we have achieved that," Ms Harboe-Ree said.

The design of the Library spaces is enhanced by an eclectic array of artwork from the University's collection, exhibition and function capacity, a digital wall to showcase Monash research activity and an in-library café.

Attending the reopening was His Royal Highness Prince Sisowath Tesso of Cambodia, representing the King of Cambodia. The Matheson Library's Asian Collections have substantial holdings from former King Norodom Sihanouk's personal archive -- an invaluable research resource.

The new-look Matheson Library will welcome over 10,000 visitors a day, complementing daily online activity of over 80,000 accesses and downloads of Monash University Library's electronic resources.








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20 March 2017

Access to General Collection at Matheson Library

Beginning Wednesday 22 March, the South stairwell and lifts in the Sir Louis Matheson Library will be closed to users to allow the builders to speed up the internal works in this area.

Users can access the General Collection via the rear stairs (East). These stairs are located behind the computer area to the left of the Library's temporary entrance on the lower ground floor. You can access the ground floor up to level 5 via these rear stairs.

Users with a disability may request Library staff assistance at the Information point to retrieve items from the General Collection.

The quiet study spaces in the General Collection will be affected by noisy works. Please find alternative quiet spaces in the Matheson Library, or at either Law or Hargrave-Andrew Libraries on the Clayton campus.

The South stairwell and lift works are expected to be completed between 29 March and 4 April. We will provide updates as works progress.

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20 February 2017

Matheson Library reopens


The Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton has reopened via the temporary entrance in the Performing Arts courtyard from Scenic Boulevard. A new path is now in place from the Menzies Building area through the north end of the library to the Robert Blackwood Hall and the courtyard.



The Matheson Library has reopened on Monday 20 February after a summer-long closure. Its opening hours are 8am - 9pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 5pm on Saturdays and Sunday. 

Staff and students 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 (up one level from the temporary entrance). Please note: items on shelf at Matheson cannot be requested for pick-up at the same library.


Study spaces and teaching rooms

Study spaces are available, including on the upper floors occupied by the General Collection. Discussion rooms can be booked by students for group work. The three teaching rooms can also be used by students when they are not being used for Library teaching programs.

More areas will be opened up as these are completed and handed over by the contractors to the Library. In the next few days, the new level 1 area on the southern end will house the Music, Multimedia and Teaching Materials Collections, including the Japanese language materials. This area will also have a large number of brand new Macintosh computers and two bookable discussion rooms.

Special Collections Reading Room

The Special Collections Reading Room located on the ground floor has also reopened. This room is designed for the exclusive purpose of viewing restricted special use items from the Special Collections. It is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

To arrange to see a rare or fragile item from our Rare Books, Asian or Music and Multimedia Collections, please contact staff by email special.collections@monash.edu or telephone (03) 9905 2689 to request the item/s in advance. Pre-requested items will be retrieved twice a day, at 10am and 1pm. Staff will also be on hand at the Reading Room.


Toilet amenities

Currently, the available toilets are all located on the lower ground level but more toilets will progressively be completed in the following weeks.


Final stage

Work is progressing well on the remaining areas, including the new and visually striking entrance, a large learning space on the ground floor with more computers, and a cafe inside the library.

Library users can look forward to a more transparent building, with great views to the west spanning the landscaped Library plaza, the future Jazz Lounge (currently the Rotunda), the Menzies Building and the Campus Centre. The transparency goes from end to end, with a view to the Performing Arts courtyard to the east.

Final touches and installations will ensure that the Matheson Library will truly have been dramatically transformed.


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25 January 2017

Matheson and Caulfield libraries set to re-open on 20 February

Both the Sir Louis Matheson and Caulfield libraries will reopen on Monday 20 February 2017 in time for Orientation Week. The summer closure of the two libraries has been extended to finish major building works.

Temporary borrowing arrangements are in place until the re-openings so that Monash staff and students can continue to borrow from both libraries.

Matheson Library

Caulfield Library 
  • Request items for pick-up at Room T103, Ground Floor, Building T from Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm or at any of our other libraries.
  • Return items at Room T103 from 7am - 7pm during the week or anytime if you have swipe card access. You may also return items at any of our other libraries during library hours or the after-hours returns at Law Library at Clayton.
Critical functions such as the preparation of reading lists for Semester 1 units continue unimpeded. 

If you need advice from Library staff or have any questions, go to an Information point at any other library, through ask.monash.edu, or by telephone (03 9905 5054).

We apologise for the delays and ask for your patience through the final stages of these projects.


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24 November 2016

Matheson Library to close from 28 November

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is on the homestretch. The library will need to close over summer to commence the remaining works and speed up other construction activities. 

Matheson Library will be closed from Monday 28 November and will reopen on 20 February 2017.

Items currently on hold in Matheson will remain in the library for collection until the close of business on Friday 25 November. On Monday all holds items will be transferred to Law Library as the new pick-up location.

During this period of closure, Monash staff and students can:
  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick-up at the Law Library. That will be arranged as soon as possible; you will receive an email when they are ready for collection. 
  • return items due at any other library except Caulfield; after-hours returns available at Law Library.
  • find study spaces at the two other libraries on the campus.
  • get advice and ask questions at an Information point at any other library, through ask.monash.edu, or by telephone (03 9905 5054).
Due to the closure, 'Matheson' will not be available as a pick-up location for inter-campus loans.

We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience over the summer as the Matheson Library's refurbishment comes close to completion in semester 1 2017.


Visit the Library website for more information. If you have any comments or concerns about the Matheson Library refurbishment project, please email fsd.feedback@monash.edu.

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3 November 2016

Special Collections Reading Room opens

The old Rare Books Reading Room at the Sir Louis Matheson Library is now closed for building works. From 7 November, researchers and visitors will be able to view rare and valuable items in the new Special Collections Reading Room.

Located on the ground floor, the new room is designed for the exclusive purpose of viewing restricted special use items.It will be open from
9am to 5pm on weekdays.

To arrange to see a rare or fragile item from our Rare Books, Asian or Music and Multimedia Collections, please contact staff to request the item/s in advance. Pre-requested items will be retrieved twice a day, at 10am and 1pm. 


More information about our special collections including how to contact staff is available:



Staff will also be on hand at the Reading Room service point after 7 November.

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12 September 2016

Update: Matheson Library and Forum works

There's so much to look forward to next semester when the library refurbishment is completed and all corners of the Sir Louis Matheson Library are opened. On top of that, the Forum, that area between the library and the Menzies Building, will look beautifully landscaped and will have a decked area, lawn, boardwalks...


This week landscaping works will commence on the Forum. It will complement the new library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

We know you love to be in the library, your 'study bubble', but we're pretty sure you'll appreciate the new open courtyard and decked space for informal study and relaxation.

The whole area will have larger walkways, integrated boardwalks and better lighting. Fresh lawn and new native plants will reinvigorate the landscape and establish it as a welcoming outdoor community space.

A new cascading water feature will form the centrepiece of the landscape. This will act as a natural stormwater treatment and harvesting system to filter water into major underground storage tanks for sustainable landscape irrigation.

To allow landscaping works to progress, sections of the Forum will be hoarded off. This may affect access to the Matheson Library from the Campus Centre via Chancellors Walk. Wayfinding and directional signage will be in place throughout each project stage to help guide pedestrians.

Given the central location of the Forum, we are keenly aware of the impacts these landscaping works will have on neighbouring building occupants and the broader campus community. We will endeavour to keep impacts to a minimum, continue to closely monitor noise levels, and will keep you informed of anticipated changes and disruptions.

For more information contact bpd-feedback@monash.edu.

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9 August 2016

Navigating the new Matheson: A student's perspective



As we are all aware, the Matheson Library is currently undergoing refurbishment, and while various updates are still in the works, this semester the library boasts a host of changes. I am a student at Monash and doing some casual work at the Matheson Library. Let me give you a guide to the new facility...by Jamie Julian


Access
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Access to the library has changed significantly while the refurbishment works continue through semester 2. The most important thing to note is that there is only one entrance and exit. This is located on the Robert Blackwood side of the building and takes you into the lower ground level. Painful as it is, we must go around.
Once you’re in, to access the General Collection where most books are, the two elevators on the South side (on the left as you enter) are operational from lower ground up to levels 2-5. However, if you are of the more impatient type (like myself), there is also a set of stairs in the corner behind the new Mac and PC section that renders entry to ground level as well as general collection levels 2-5.
Accessing the North side (to the right as you enter) for printing, music and multimedia, serials and various other sections is a bit more of an issue. There is only one functioning lift and the main staircase is currently being rebuilt. Nevertheless, from lower ground level there is yet another set of stairs hiding behind the new hot and cold water station. From here, you can access levels ground, 1 and 2.
When accessing the ground floor on the north side, remember to keep an eye out for events happening in the brand new gallery area. On the ground floor there is a gallery that the library is using to hold events and, in the future, to mount exhibitions. The gallery can be used by students if it’s not booked for an event. I have had two close calls of almost walking right through the middle of an event, but no serious incidents yet. Make sure you read the sign on the door before entering!  
If this all seems a bit confusing, then don’t stress! Shortly, the library will have digital wayfinders. They’re huge screens with yellow - er, bronze, frames so you won’t be able to miss them. From these you can look up the quickest route to your intended destination and be able to find whatever you need.


Printing
Printing is  a well-known nightmare when it doesn’t work! With the newly refurbished areas, there is currently operational printing on the ground and second floors on the North side (the system is extremely temperamental, so I use the term operational somewhat loosely). On lower ground, the PCs should be connected to the printers in the next couple of weeks. It is important to note here that you will not be able to print from the Macs  until the new printing service is installed in 3 – 6 months, so make sure you hop onto a PC to print!
For students wishing to print in colour, there is only one colour printer located on the ground floor. Also you must manually select the colour printer option to print in colour.
One benefit of the current printing system is that when you send a job to print, it is sent to all of the print stations. This means you can collect your print job from either the lower ground, ground or second floor printers. So if there is a queue for one, I usually knick up to another and hope there is no one using it (I recommend second floor as it’s the quietest).
Last thing about printing is, it’s not free! 12c for one black and white page, and 50c for colour. To top up money on your student card, you do so at the autoloader machines on the lower ground floor near the South side elevators (back left corner). There are also staplers and some other useful resources in the same area.
I found printing to be quite a process the first time, but straightforward and extremely useful after you’ve done it once. Also, remember, if you are ever having trouble, ask the Library staff at the information desk near the entrance.


Drop-in sessions
The Research & Learning point for daily drop-ins with the librarians and learning skills advisers is now on ground level in a fresh, newly-developed space. Drop-ins run every day from 11am-3pm. Make the most of it whilst it is still relatively quiet!

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The new Research & Learning Point on the Ground floor

Study spaces
The most tangible difference between the old Matheson and the new, is the study space created on the lower ground floor. Do any of you past students remember the dingy old basement? Forget it. The new basement has completely transformed the atmosphere of the library, with new group study spaces and discussion rooms available for you to book. Furthermore, the slight difficulty in access to the Matheson also means that there is a good chance you will always find a spot for you or your group to study. Individual and shared study areas are spread throughout the entire library, the majority of which now have multiple power points installed for all your charging requirements. There are many more PCs and the library now offers desktop Macs. Amazing!

A few exciting additions on the way
  • New self-loan machines are currently being installed. No more queuing!
  • Wireless printing will save everybody the stress of finding a PC. This is coming after the exams.
  • And the café! This one could not come soon enough. A café will stand on the left-hand side of the (real) entrance to the library which will mean you can buy a nice coffee without having to leave the library.


Final parting tips
  • The self-loan machines were already pretty great, and the new ones are even better. However, make sure the spine of the book is pressed up against the side when scanning it in, otherwise the book is not desensitised and it will trigger the security barriers on your way out.
  • If the book you have borrowed does not have a 2016 overnight, 7-day or 14-day loan sticker on it, it will automatically renew for up to one year unless someone requests the book. So check your emails!
  • Fines do not need to be paid until they exceed $25.


Evidently, there are a myriad of changes taking place at Matheson. If you haven’t had time to keep abreast of what’s been happening, then hopefully this post will have been helpful!
I hope everybody finds the library as useful as I do! Good luck, and enjoy the new spaces!



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4 August 2016

Matheson Library reopens today

The Sir Louis Matheson Library is back in operation - we're open from 8am until 9pm today.

Holds can be collected at Matheson from today. If you have not been able to collect your holds and they have expired, your holds will be extended for two days if they have no other hold requests on them.

Any other hold requests that have expired and have other hold requests on them will be placed on the hold shelf for the next person.

Discussion room bookings from today are all good.

Thank you for your patience.

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3 August 2016

Matheson Library remains closed Wednesday 3 August

Work continues today to resolve the problem with all the toilets at the Sir Louis Matheson Library that has forced the library's closure since Monday night.

If you are waiting to collect items you requested, you can collect them at the Law Library from 10.30am today.


  • If you get a hold notice today, the item will be available at Matheson tomorrow or at Law if we remain closed.
  • Holds that have expired that have no other hold requests on them will be extended for two days. 
  • Any other hold requests that have expired and have other hold requests on them will be placed on the hold shelf for the next person.

All discussion room bookings at Matheson Library for today have been cancelled.

We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused by this incident. Both the Law and Hargrave-Andrew libraries at Clayton campus are open.

Please check back here for updates.



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2 August 2016

Matheson Library closed until further notice


Currently all of the toilets in the Sir Louis Matheson Library are out of action. As a result the Library is closed until further notice.

Plumbers are working to resolve the problem and we will re-open the Library as soon as possible. In the meantime, both the Hargrave-Andrew and Law libraries remain open.

All bookings for the discussion rooms at Matheson Library for Wednesday 3 August will have to be cancelled.

Please check back here for updates on the situation, including how to collect requested items.




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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.



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15 June 2016

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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13 June 2016

Matheson Library to close for 3 weeks during mid-year break

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is halfway through to completion and is on track to finish by the end of the year. We're preparing for the final stage of the works which requires a temporary closure.



The Matheson Library will close to all staff, students and visitors for three weeks from Saturday 25 June and will reopen on Monday 18 July ready for the start of Orientation Week in semester two.

During this period, Monash staff and students can:

  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick up at any other library including at the Law Library on the Clayton campus. 
  • return items via after hours returns at Law Library or the Hargrave Andrew Library on this campus. 
  • find study spaces at the two other libraries on the campus.

From Wednesday 22 June and throughout the closure period, Search temporarily will not allow staff and students to select 'Matheson' as the pick-up location when requesting items from other libraries.

From the afternoon of Monday, 27 June until Sunday 17 July, Matheson holds available for collection can be picked up at the Law Library.

Members of the public may wish to visit our other libraries on campus. Please consult the map.

  • Law Library – 15 Ancora Imparo Way
  • Hargrave-Andrew Library – 13 College Walk

We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience through the coming months as this exciting project takes shape.

Keep checking this blog for more updates on the Matheson Library refurbishment.




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12 May 2016

Quiet study spaces at Clayton

To help you find a space that works for your study style, we’ve compiled a list of available alternative work areas at Clayton. 




As we approach the end of semester one and the beginning of the Swot Vac and exam period, we understand there is an increased need for quiet study spaces on campus. 

While our Sir Louis Matheson Library on the Clayton campus offers a range of study spaces to suit different work preferences, we appreciate that current refurbishment works and increased demand during this period can make finding a study space more difficult. 

We've made extra seating available at the Law and Hargrave-Andrew libraries. The two libraries will be open from 10am to 5pm on weekends from 21 May until 19 June.

In addition, Hargrave-Andrew Library will be open until 2am Monday to Thursday beginning 30 May until 23 June. 





Clayton campus study spaces may be viewed on the Clayton campus map (PDF, 0.25 MB)

You may also want to check out 'More study spaces opened at Caulfield'.

Additional study spaces are also available at our other campus libraries. These include:
Berwick Library (120 spaces)
Peninsula Library (250 spaces)
CL Butchers Pharmacy Library at Parkville (120 spaces)





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14 April 2016

Update on Matheson Library

The ground floor and part of level 1 in the northern section of the Sir Louis Matheson Library are now open, while the rest of level 1 and all of level 2 remain closed as these are the most heavily affected by the flooding on Tuesday night.


Clean-up and recovery operation on Wednesday

Students can use the study spaces on the ground level, including the discussion rooms and teaching rooms. Bookings previously made for Thursday and Friday this week will be reinstated. The rooms are now available on the system for new bookings.
  • Items for collection in the Holds section can be retrieved by students.
  • The study spaces and the toilet in the Ada Booth Slavic and the Teaching Materials Collections on level 1 are also open.
  • The Asian Collection on level 1 and the Journals and the Music and Multimedia Collection on level 2 are still closed. Items from these collections may be requested at the information point and Library staff will try to retrieve items if they can. 

Thank you for your understanding. We are aiming to reopen the affected areas by Monday. 

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13 April 2016

Sections of Matheson Library closed due to flooding

Flooding has occurred overnight on Tuesday in the northern section (level 2 down to ground level) of the Sir Louis Matheson Library on Clayton campus. The section is closed as the clean-up and recovery is underway.

Although the General Collection area is open from level 1 to 5, study space availability is restricted and students are advised to use our other libraries.

  • Bookings for the new discussion rooms for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week have had to be cancelled. No new bookings for these rooms can be made until the affected section is reopened.
  • Items for collection in the Holds section will require staff assistance. Please ask at the information point.
  • Journals on level 2 and special collections on level 1 will not be accessible.
We apologise for the inconvenience. We're doing everything as quickly as possible to get back to business as usual.

Please check the Library blog for updates.



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1 March 2016

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:

Seating
  • 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 http://monash.libcal.com/.

Computers

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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3 February 2016

Matheson Library reopens

The Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus reopened on Monday 8 February after a four-week closure that allowed heavy demolition work to occur.



The void will open into a courtyard on the lower ground floor.
The refurbishment continues and will be completed by the end of the year.

The three-stage project was designed to allow for study spaces to continue to be available to students, however, a reduction in available seating is unavoidable throughout the refurbishment. Once completed, Matheson Library will have 25% more seats and provide a vastly improved environment.

By the start of semester, new individual study and bookable discussion rooms for group projects and study, as well as two large teaching rooms, will be available. The teaching rooms can be used by students as study spaces when they are not booked for library classes.

Access to the collections

Library users can access the General Collection and Journals on Levels 2-5. The Music Collection is now located on Level 2 and the Ada Booth Slavic and the Asian Collections (formerly Asian Studies Research Collection) are now on Level 1.

Items located in the compactus require staff assistance. Please ask at the information point.

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 to the left of the entrance.

Remember: if a copy is on shelf at the same campus as your pick-up location, you should retrieve the item yourself.




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3 December 2015

Matheson Library to close for four weeks in early 2016

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is progressing well and the first stage will be completed before Christmas. The next stage is now underway and heavy demolition will be carried out in January. 

To allow the demolition to be completed more efficiently, Matheson Library will be closed from Monday 11 January and will reopen on Monday 8 February 2016.

During this four-week closure, Monash staff and students can:
  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick up at any other library including at the Law Library and Hargrave-Andrew Library on the Clayton campus. There may be some delays as Matheson staff will only have access to the collections for short periods each day.
  • return items due at any other library or via the after-hours returns outside Matheson Library.
  • find study spaces at the two other libraries on the campus.
  • get advice and ask questions at an Information point at any other library, through ask.monash.edu, or by telephone (03 9905 5054).
Due to the closure, Search temporarily does not allow staff and students to select 'Matheson' as the pick-up location when requesting items from other libraries.

From Friday, 8 January, all Matheson holds available for collection can be picked up at the Law Library or Hargrave-Andrew Library.

Members of the public may wish to visit our other libraries on campus. Please consult the map.
  • Law Library – 15 Ancora Imparo Way
  • Hargrave-Andrew Library – 13 College Walk
We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience through the coming months as this exciting project takes shape.

Visit the Library website for more information. If you have any comments or concerns about the Matheson Library refurbishment project, please email fsd.feedback@monash.edu.


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