Collections Overview

The Eastern Resource Centre collections support the teaching, learning and research needs of undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers from the:

  • Melbourne School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Science
  • Melbourne School of Land and Environment
  • Asia Institute

The collections include printed texts, such as books and journals, as well as maps, software and DVDs. Items located in the ERC library have locations in the catalogue that begin with UniM ERC

Science & Engineering Collection

The focus of this collection is to support undergraduate and post-graduate study in science (chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics) and engineering. It also includes material on general agriculture; animal, plant and crop science; water resources; and wine and viticulture.

Our most recent journals are available as e-journals but a small number of journals are still received in print as they are not available online. These are housed on level 5 beside the sorting shelves. We have a large journal collection that is held off-site. How to request items from storage via the Library Catalogue

Reference Collections

The reference collections for the East Asian collection and the Science & Engineering collection are co-located in the reading room on level 3. Reference Collections house dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other useful resources. Reference books are not available for loan. Their locations in the Library Catalogue display as UniM ERC EA Ref and  UniM ERC Ref.

East Asian Collection

The East Asian Collection focuses on Chinese and Japanese language books and periodicals, with subject coverage mainly in the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences and architectural history.

The East Asian Collection services the information, research and teaching needs of the Asia Institute, and of Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies at the University of Melbourne. The collection also foms part of the Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM) consortium.

Map Collection

The University of Melbourne Library's Map Collection is one of the largest such collections in Australia. It includes several hundred GIS layers, online historical maps  and well over 100 000 printed maps.

The scope of the Map Collection is worldwide, with particular emphasis on Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. Computers with GIS (ArcGIS v.9.3 & MapInfo), graphics software and a large self service photocopier (b&w, up to A0).

Members of the general public are welcome to come into the library and use hardcopy resources available.

High-Use Collection

The ERC Open High Use Collection on level 3 houses recommended reading material, selected by lecturers for teaching purposes. Books in this collection are either on overnight or two-hour loan as indicated on the catalogue. Material from the closed-access high use collection is available for loan from the service desk. This collection includes DVDs recommended for teaching, software and FPGA (terasic) boards for electronic engineering students is available for loan from the service desk

The high-use collection is also where you can collect items requested from our collections and on the Bonus + scheme.

DVD & CD-ROM Collection

DVDs, Video CDs and CD-ROMs are located on the 4th floor of the ERC. Co-located with the collection, there is a dvd and VHS player. Please see the service-desk staff to get a remote control for using these facilities.

DVDs recommended for current subjects are held behind the service desk on level 3. These items are usually either a three-hour or overnight loan as indicated on the library catalogue.  Please see the staff on the service desk for access to this collection.