This guide contains essential information for new students to get set up and connected to the Library's services and resources.
Visit the Library website to discover our collections of online resources, including eBooks and journal articles, and get help from Library staff.
Did you know the University of Melbourne has 11 libraries for students? Find the libraries that hold collections in your specific areas of study and research below.
Are you using Google to find things for your assignments? Get quick and easy access to Library resources by using our browser extensions: Lean Library and LibKey Nomad.
Develop your researching and writing skills with the resources below:
Level up your researching skills, including tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your time when searching, reading, and writing.
Academic Skills can help you develop your reading, writing and referencing skills with their range of helpful online resources.
Re:cite is the University's online hub for referencing resources and provides guides for referencing styles used at the University of Melbourne, with examples to help you cite and acknowledge sources.
Discovery is the Library’s search engine. It searches thousands of databases the University subscribes to, and includes our collections in the Library Catalogue.
Use Discovery to quickly find full-text, peer-reviewed articles.
You can find Discovery on the Library website.
Top tip: If you are unsure of which library a book is held in, click the link under Location. This will give you the full details of where the book is located (including information on which floors each call number range is held).
You can also find eBooks by filtering your search results in Discovery by following the steps below.
The University of Melbourne Library organises its collections by using Dewey Decimal Classification (with the exception of the Law and the East Asian collections).
Dewey Classification assigns a number to a specific item, often referred to as a 'call number'. This system groups subjects into ten basic categories that are further broken down to specify more detail.
The 10 categories
300 Social Sciences
500 Natural Sciences/Mathematics
600 Technology/Applied Sciences
700 The Arts
900 History & Geography
Often there is a decimal point after the first three numbers, followed by more numbers. This allows the call number to reflect a more specific or specialised subject area. Letters then usually follow the call number- usually the first letters of the author's surname or the title (if the book is an edited volume). This helps to distinguish that particular item from others at the same number.
Every one of our book shelves has a number range listed on it. Here's some step-by-step instructions on how to find your book:
If you ever need help finding a book on the shelves, please ask a library staff member at our service desks or one of our Student Library Assistants.
The Library works with Student Equity and Disability Support (SEDS) to provide support services for students, including access to rooms and computers with assistive technology. If you require accessibility support services, please start by registering with the SEDS team so that we can best organise access to the facilities you need.
Please note: For the full list of subject Librarians, and the study and research areas they can help you with, please click the button below