Southbank Library

The Southbank Library redevelopment project has commenced, with the appointment of Lyons as the architects and principal consultant.


Due to the major refurbishment of the Lenton Parr / Southbank Library in 2018, the majority of the collections are to be moved temporarily to the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC), Level 2, Parkville campus.

Stage One Collection Move is complete with the Lenton Parr Library music score collection and 90% of the books now located at ERC, Level 2 Parkville campus.

Stage Two Collection Move commences on Wednesday 18 April. We apologise for any delays in collection access during this time. Keep an eye on this website for further details.

The Lenton Parr Library remains open in its usual location until late April:

  • Library staff to assist with queries
  • Lending Services
  • Pick up Service for books, music scores and CDs requested from Parkville and other campuses
  • Seating with PCs, wifi
  • Media Rooms
  • Copying/scanning service
  • Collections
    • High Use for Southbank based subjects
    • CDs and Vinyl recordings
    • DVDs
    • Selection of music scores
    • Selection of highly used books
    • Selection of current journal issues
    • Special Collections including VCA Theses

In late April/early May the Lenton Parr Library will be moved to a temporary location for the duration of the refurbishment. HUB Building, Ground floor. (Downstairs from the current location)

Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library and Temporary Visual and Performing Arts Collection @ ERC Level 2, Parkville campus in 2018

  • Library staff to assist with queries
  • Lending Services
  • Pick up Service for books, music scores requested from Southbank
  • Seating with PCs, wifi
  • Copying/scanning service
  • Assistive technology
  • Collections
    • High Use for Parkville based subjects
    • Reference Collection
    • Book Collection
    • Journal Collection including selection of current journal issues
    • Music Score Collection
    • Music CDs (and Lenton Parr Library CDs from Easter)
    • Lenton Parr Library Special Collections (from Easter)

Location for temporary collections at Parkville

Library hours


As part of the design process, the architects will be actively engaging with academic staff and students to gain a deeper understanding of future library services and student experience.


Communications will be circulated on how you can participate in the consultation process. We anticipate creating a state of the art library, which is purpose built to meet the needs and disciplines of the students and staff who serve as the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music (which includes the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)).

Integrated libraries

Currently, there are two libraries supporting the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music – the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library (LHDML) on the Parkville campus, and the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library (LPL) on the Southbank campus.

With the relocation of the MCM to the Southbank campus in early 2019, the LHDML and LPL library collections will be integrated to provide unified collections and consistent services to support the objectives of the Faculty from one site. This will greatly improve student experience, as students will no longer need to pursue resources at both locations. Similarly, researchers will also benefit from the consolidation of collections, and access to expert advice from the team of specialist librarians who will all be located at the one site. The Library consolidation will also reduce operational complexity.


This project is designed to provide additional space at Southbank to permit expansion of space for student study seats and researchers, improved facilities, collections, staff accommodation and access to appropriate technology. When completed the new Southbank Library should occupy approximately 2770m2 of usable floor area based on projected growth in student numbers.

Although the Library will occupy most of the space in this building, the project has a broader vision – to create a central hub for students, fostering community amongst the student cohort at Southbank. It is envisaged that there will be a shared space for a range of student services. This space will provide the student services currently provided by Stop 1 and make provision for other service providers from Academic Services. The colocation of these services within the Library will give them more prominence and also provide students with more coherent access to these services. It will provide an opportunity to examine some options for service delivery in a shared space.

Given the shared aspirations for this redevelopment, the project will be developed in close collaboration with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and Academic Services.



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