Collections Overview

The Eastern Resource Centre (ERC), located on the east side of the campus (close to Grattan and Swanston Streets) Campus Map (Melway 571 I6, Building 177), is the University's second largest discipline library and is central to teaching and research in the sciences and engineering. In addition to these collections, the ERC also houses the Map Collection, East Asian Collection and a DVD collection.

More collections information

Science and Engineering Collection, 5th Floor

The collection focus is for undergraduate and post graduate study in the disciplines of the science (chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics) and engineering. It also houses monographs covering general agriculture; animal, plant and crop science, water resources; and wine and viticulture. There is a small collection of larger-sized books (UniM ERC f)  on the northern side of the 5th floor.

Reference Collections, 3rd Floor

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 discplay as UniM ERC EA Ref and  UniM ERC Ref.

East Asian Collection, 4th Floor

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 East Asian Collection is also a member of the Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM) consortium.

The Collection also services the information needs of the wider community; therefore members of the public are welcome to use its resources and facilities.

Map Collection, 4th Floor

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, 3rd Floor

The Self-Service High Use Collection 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. A closed-access high use collection includes dvds recommended for teaching, software and FPGA (terasic) boards for electronic engineering students.This material is available for loan from the service desk.

The Self-Service High Use Collection is also where you can collect items requested from our collections and on the Bonus + scheme.

Science and Engineering Journal Collections

Most recent journals are available as e-journals and are accessible through Discovery or the Library Catalogue. 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.

A large journal collection is held off site. Volumes from this collection can be retrieved from storage upon request via the library catalogue.

DVDs and other media, 4th Floor

DVDs, Video CDs and CD ROMs are located on the 5th 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.