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Sir Louis Matheson Library

Architect: Scarborough Architects, Cox Architects

Monash University | MU33

Named after the University’s first Vice Chancellor, the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Monash Clayton, is one of Australia’s foremost humanities libraries. First opening in 1964, the library underwent numerous additions and refurbishments, resulting in an expanded but disjointed facility. The most recent refurbishment by Cox Architecture has provided a new front door and improved navigation throughout, creating state-of-the-art teaching, collaborative and technology-rich learning spaces, and a new café to meet the needs of the modern student. The distinctive entry canopy combined with a new forecourt by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Peter Elliott, enhances the presentation and amenity of the central campus and achieves the Monash Masterplan vision of repositioning the building as a welcoming and inclusive facility. An internal café, gallery space and interspersed exhibits showcase an array of rare books and art from the university’s collections. Curated under the theme of ‘narrative’, they reflect the changing role of modern libraries. A major art installation, ‘Kulata Tjuta’, was commissioned specifically to occupy the main atrium. The title translates to ‘spears in flight’ and the work comprises 277 hand-carved spears made by men from the Tjala Arts Centre in South Australia, with Jonathan Jones, a Wiradjuri/ Kamilaroi artist based in Sydney.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: MU33

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Education

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1964, 2017

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: Rhiannon Slatter and Andrew Lloyd


40 Exhibition Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC


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