Eastern Resource Centre Collections

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,
  • Melbourne School of Information,
  • Faculty of Science,
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Science, and
  • Melbourne School of Land and Environment.

In the library

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

  • UniM ERC: books located on level 5,
  • UniM ERC P:  periodicals (or journals) located on level 5,
  • UniM ERC MAPS: maps books located in the maps collection on level 4,
  • UniM ERC REF: reference works such as encyclopaedias located on level 3, and
  • UniM ERC Open High Use: materials available on short-term loan located on level 3.

In storage off-campus

Many older items are held in storage and you can make a request for them to be delivered to a library branch of your choice. These items have location codes in the catalogue that begin with:

  • UniM Store: items held in a library storage facility off-campus.
  • UniM Bund: items held in the library's storage facility in Bundoora.

How to request items from storage via the Library Catalogue


The collection also includes online resources, including e-books, e-journals, databases and standards which can be accessed via the library website, through:


The engineering collection covers the broad fields of engineering, computer science and information systems, including the subject areas of:

  • Alternative energy technologies
  • Transport engineering
  • Soils and foundations
  • Engineering materials
  • Geomatics
  • Hydraulics
  • Dynamics

The engineering collection also includes online subscriptions to relevant standards, such as Australian, ASTM and IEEE standards.



The chemistry collection covers core undergraduate texts as well as graduate research areas such as:

  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Materials chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Biochemistry

Earth Sciences

The earth sciences collection covers the subject areas of:

  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Palaeontology
  • Climatology
  • Vulcanology
  • Oceanography
  • Hydrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy

The Earth Sciences Rare Book Collection includes rare and early geological and paleontological texts, including seminal works from the 19th and early 20th centuries and early periodical titles. The Earth Sciences Rare Book Collection has been relocated to climate controlled off-site storage facilities.

Mathematics and Statistics

The mathematics and statistics collection includes resources covering the following subject areas:

  • General mathematical topics
  • Logic and set theory
  • Combinatorics and graph theory
  • Algebra and number theory
  • Topology
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Probability theory and stochastic processes
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Mathematical optimisation
  • Mathematical and Statistical Physics


The physics collection includes resources for undergraduates and graduate researchers and covers many topics including:

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Astrophysics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Computational physics
  • Nuclear physics

Land & Environment

The Land & Environment collection includes books, journals and audio-visual resources in the areas of:

  • General agriculture
  • Animal, plant and crop science
  • Water resources
  • Wine and viticulture