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Monash University Library’s Special Collections are an integral part of the Library, spanning multiple genres and mediums. The largest of the Special Collections held at the Matheson Library are the Rare Books, Music and Multimedia, and Asian collections. The Slavic, Asian, Yiddish language and Jewish studies collections are also among the largest in Australasia.  The collections include purchases, gifts, and donations, and are part of ongoing activities to promote the University’s research outputs. We are selectively digitising these collections to better enable access to these unique and valuable research materials.

Monash Collections Online is the new home for the discovery, access, and engagement with these digitised collections. Most items are available to download and reuse, unless otherwise stated. See our copyright guidelines for further information.

Monash Collections Online will soon be home to virtual exhibitions of our Special Collections material. These exhibitions are curated by the Library’s Special Collections Librarians, in partnership with Monash University Museum of Art and Monash University researchers. These exhibitions are often an accompaniment to physical exhibitions on display in the Library. Further information about exhibitions can be found here.

We encourage you to tell us how you are using the material you have discovered in Monash Collections Online. We love to hear how these collections have helped in your research.

If you are aware of a particular collection of material held by Monash University Library’s Special Collections that you think is of significant research value, please let us know so that we may consider it for future digitisation projects.