Facilities for graduate researchers

On enrolment, you should discuss the facilities and resources you will need to complete the research project with your supervisors. You must be provided with a workspace and access to labs (with after hours access if required). Depending on the nature of your project additional facilities and resources made available to you may include:

  • Support for fieldwork and testing
  • Technical support
  • Statistical services
  • Equipment access

Accessing facilities and services

As part of your orientation and induction you should be provided with information about what facilities and services are available.

The University regularly holds an orientation for graduate researchers new to the University which we encourage you to attend.

Your school/department will also provide a comprehensive induction   for all new graduate researchers. You should expect this  induction to include information about the facilities and resources available for graduate researchers and how you may access these.

You will also be given advice on the student support services available to graduate researchers such as:

A complete list of services is available on the Student Services Directory.

Our principles for infrastructure support page  also outlines what responsibilities faculties have to support you throughout your research.

In addition, your department should ensure that you are familiar with departmental, Library and other University resources available to support your research activities. They  will also introduce you to the range of on-campus computer facilities, library services and support (some of which are detailed below).


The University of Melbourne's Library boasts world-class facilities for researchers. Offering a wide range of resources and services to support you throughout your candidature, the following links will support you with your research, writing and publishing.

  • Researcher@Library provides a suite of information to manage your information and learn how to publish your work. This is a really good place to start exploring research-focussed services and key resources.
  • Browse the suite of online Guides for Researchers to locate recommended resources related to your discipline that will help you with your research. Also, check out the Research Essentials Guide to help you get started.
  • If you require more comprehensive or tailored information you may like to meet with a Liaison Librarian to plan the literature search for your research project, or to discuss your research-specific information needs. Book a Research Consultation.
  • Interlibrary loans is a free service for requesting resources not held in University of Melbourne libraries. You can get access to books and papers from a wide network of other institutions.
  • The Library offers workshops and tours. Some sessions require bookings, so check ahead.
  • The frequently held Getting Started sessions provide a good introduction to undertaking comprehensive library research.

Study spaces

Faculty study spaces

Check with your Faculty or department to find out what dedicated study spaces they have available to you.

Library study spaces

The University's libraries all have study spaces, computers, rooms and group study spaces available. Check DiBS to see what's available and make a booking. For branch locations and opening hours visit the Library website.

The Baillieu Library

A dedicated study-space for graduate students is available on the first floor of the Baillieu Library. The room has power-enabled desks with seats for 24 students. Graduate students can access the room with their student cards. There are also four graduate study-rooms in the Baillieu Library which can be booked for one-hour periods.

The Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association located in the 1888 Building provides a range of support services for graduate students. The 1888 building also include family friendly and shared study spaces, lockers and meeting rooms to support your studies.  The 1888 Building is accessible to graduate students from 8am – 11pm, Monday to Sunday. You are advised to carry your student card with you at all times when accessing the 1888 Building.

Tenured study spaces

In the 1888 Building, there are a limited number of tenured study spaces (TSS) available to graduate researchers in the write-up phase of their thesis or in special circumstances when you are unable to use a space in your faculty.  See if you are eligible by reviewing the eligibility criteria.

If you are eligible, please apply by completing an application form.

Print resources

For general printing, there are plenty of locations around campus.

Student IT

Student IT and eLearning support provide some key IT services which you can utilise as a researcher. Their website has links to key systems, such as my.unimelb and the University of Melbourne Learning Management System (LMS), as well as information on printing and scanning, accessing computers, using Google Apps and how to set up your devices to work on the University wireless network.

Student IT also have helpdesk staff located on the ground floor of the Baillieu Library with staff who can assist you. If you can't make it to the library in person, you can live chat with the IT support team online during helpdesk hours.