Did you know? Libraries at the University

October 10 / 47

There are almost 20 University Library branches spread throughout the University's Melbourne and regional campuses.

Most are located in Parkville.The Baillieu Library is the largest of the Parkville libraries. It houses the University's main arts, humanities and social sciences collections as well as undergraduate material for physics and mathematics.

The Reading Room provides access to rare books and prints from the Special Collections, and to materials from the University Archives.

On the ground floor, the Custom Book Centre,  a joint initiative of the University Library and the University Bookshop  produces printed, bound books on demand.

The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library is on the top floor of the Baillieu building. It is home to collections of sound recordings and popular songs, music journals, scores and research guides.

Also located in the Baillieu building, the Giblin Business and Economics Library supports the teaching and research activities of the Faculty of Business and Economics. Its collection includes works on business, economics and commerce, and the Library has special strengths in the areas of finance, trade, accounting, management, marketing, e-commerce and international business.

Refurbished in 2009, the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC) Library holds collections which serve the study, teaching and research needs of students and staff in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Melbourne School of Engineering.

The ERC holds significant reference collections and a collection of historical maps. The ERC precinct encompasses study spaces in the renovated Frank Tate building and a Student Centre adjacent to the Library’s main entrance.

The recently upgraded Brownless Biomedical Library provides quiet study space for graduate students and holds collections of both current and historical resources. The Medical History Museum, run by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, is located here, along with the MDHS Student Centre.

The Architecture Building and Planning Library is the main resource centre for students studying the Bachelor of Environments. This Library collects works on architectural history, design and theory, historic preservation, urban planning and design, landscape architecture, facilities management, project management, property, transport and environmental planning.

Spanning three floors of the Melbourne Law School, the state-of-the-art Law Library provides access to online resources, computing facilities, the latest electronic resources for teaching and research, as well as an collection of books and printed materials. A new research support service introduced this year has been  welcomed by Law School academics.

Smaller specialist libraries for Veterinary Science, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences are located in or near the relevant academic departments.

Library Communications Manager Kate Hannah said though the Parkville libraries house vastly different types of materials and collections, they all share a common goal– to deliver scholarly information and services that support learning, teaching, research and community engagement.

"The University Library teams help students, staff, alumni and other members of the University community to locate the resources they need from among the vast and growing collections," she said.

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