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.

The ERC's collections support the activities of undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers. Collections housed in the ERC include: High Use, Reference, General Collections, DVDs and other media.

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. The collection is arranged by Dewey classification. The folio (larger sized) books are located 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 materials 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 materials, selected by lecturers for their students, and are mostly shorter loan periods (either overnight or 2 hourly loans).

The Self Service High Use Collection is also where you can collect your requests/holds, Bonus + items and inter-library loans.

Science and Engineering Journal Collections

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

The small number of journals still received as print can be requested from our compactus storage at the ERC Service Desk

Many older journals are shelved in University of Melbourne Library off-site storage facilities. These journals can be retrieved from storage upon request via the library catalogue.

The easiest way to check whether the Library holds a particular journal title is to search for the title in the catalogue and to check the list of E-Journals on Discovery.

DVDs and other media, 5th Floor

DVDs,and CD ROMs are located on the 2nd floor of the ERC and are arranged by Dewey Decimal number. A small number of DVDs are, at the request of a lecturer, available for 3 hour use in the library only. This is indicated on the library catalogue, and these can be requested at the Service Desk on Level 3.