The University Library is home to an extensive collection of books and ebooks, journals and ejournals, streaming media, dissertations, theses, conference proceedings, government publications and more. The primary purpose of the Library's collections is to support and enhance the scholarly activities of students and staff at the University.

Notable collections

Within the University Library are a number of notable collections that have been developed since the foundation of Murdoch University in 1974.

Books on a shelf in the special collections area

Special Collections

The Special Collections of Murdoch University comprise a rich, diverse range of culturally significant, unique and hard-to-find items, including books, manuscripts, serials, photographs, audio & video recordings, ephemera and objects.

Browse or request access to our Special Collections

Michael Murray Library Dedication plaque

Honourable Michael Murray Law Library

The Hon. Michael Murray Law Library houses important written legal works and law resources, serving as a central hub of study and research for Law students at Murdoch University. The esteemed Hon. Michael Murray QC AM was an advocate and champion of excellence in legal education.

The Hon. Michael Murray Law Library can be found on Level 3, South Wing of Geoffrey Bolton Library.

A person sits cross-legged in dappled shade reading a fiction book.

Relaxing Reads

The Library’s Relaxing Reads fiction collection aims to improve student and staff wellbeing by providing recreational reading opportunities, while increasing diversity in our collection. 

Relaxing Reads can be found in the Library foyer on Level 3, North Wing of Geoffrey Bolton Library. Alternatively, browse Relaxing Reads online.

You can also follow our social media for monthly book recommendations:  Facebook &  Instagram

Curriculum Resource Centre entrance showing books, educational items.

Curriculum Resource Centre (CRC)

The Curriculum Resource Centre houses classroom resources which can be used during school practicum placements and workshops, suitable for the areas of early childhood education, primary education, secondary education, special needs education, language education and multicultural education.

The CRC can be found on on Level 1, South Wing of Geoffrey Bolton Library. Alternatively, you can browse the collection online.

A selection of colourful books in Chinese language

Chinese, Japanese & Korean (CJK) Collection

The CJK collection comprises materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and has been an integral part of Murdoch's collection since its inception in 1975. Areas of particular strength include economics, management, politics, history, language teaching, literature, philosophy and religion.

The CJK collection can be found on Level 1, South Wing of Geoffrey Bolton Library. Alternatively you can browse the collection online.

Content warning

Murdoch University Library holds materials that may be culturally sensitive for particular groups.  Where identified, the Library will attach a notice to the material alerting users that the material may be sensitive in nature.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that Murdoch University Library and Special Collections items may contain images and audio recordings of deceased persons.

Some material contains language, terms or descriptions that reflect the views of the period in which the item was created or that of its author, but which may be considered offensive today and could cause distress. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in its historical context.

See the Library Collections Policy below for further information on sensitive materials.

Our Collections Policies

The Library Collections Policy outlines the principles that inform and guide the development and maintenance of the Library’s collection of information resources.

The Special Collections Policy defines the collections development guidelines and access conditions to Special Collections.

The Subject Level Collection Statements provide guidance on how the Library Collections Policy is applied.

The Library Online Licensed Resource Access Policy outlines the access and use of 'paid for' licensed Library resources.

Recommending items for the collection

If there is a book or item you'd like to see added to our collection, you can send us your suggestion.


The Library gratefully accepts donations and gifts of materials that add value to our collection and enhance the teaching and research activities of the University.