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Art and science

Science, information
                             This ceramic sculptural
                             mural considers the
                             post-Hiroshima existence
technology, engineering, of humankind, as well
health and medicine          as the brilliant and
are key themes of the        dangerous potential of
art displayed in the         human achievement.
Hargrave-Andrew Library. Signifying the earth’s
The pieces support           population explosion
and complement the           and the splitting of the
geometry and colours of atom, interpretation of
the building’s architecture, this artwork has caused
and promote innovation, controversy over the
exploration and evolution. years. This has been       (Detail), John Perceval, Homage to Lawrence Hargrave /1961-62 Ceramics, glazed
                                                      earthernware, Monash University Collection, Monash University Museum of Art
The collection includes      welcomed by the library
works by many inspiring as evidence that the art
Australian artists in a      chosen to be displayed   Science, information technology, engineering,
range of different media. is achieving its goal of    health and medicine are key themes of the
John Perceval’s Homage promoting interest and         art displayed.
to Lawrence Hargrave         debate in the Hargrave-
1961-62, installed on the Andrew’s key subject
wall in the entranceway,     areas.
is the library’s most
prominent artwork. The
ceramic work, which
was commissioned by
the university as the
signature piece of the
original library in 1961,
was cleaned and restored
prior to being remounted
during the refurbishment.

More information

For more information on the Hargrave-Andrew
please see
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For information on any of Monash University’s
other branch services or resources please see                      Geyer Pty Ltd was responsible for the redesign and upgrade of the                                               Hargrave-Andrew Library.
                                    Located on the Clayton campus,                     Back in time                Professor Richard
                                                                                                                   Andrew, recognised in
                                    the Hargrave-Andrew Library primarily              The Hargrave Library was the new name, was a
                                    serves the biological and physical                 the first of the Monash     foundation member of the
                                                                                       University libraries, being Interim Council planning
                                    sciences, engineering, information                 officially opened on 15     the establishment of
                                    technology and medicine and health                 December 1962. Often        Monash University and
                                                                                       described in the early      full-time founding Dean
                                    sciences. It also houses an extensive              days as the science and of the Faculty of Medicine
                                    Map Collection, comprising maps from               technology library, it      from 1960 until 1976.
                                                                                       was named the Hargrave Professor Andrew made
                                    around the world with an emphasis                                              a significant contribution
                                                                                       Library after inventor
                                    on geological and topographical maps                                           to building a world class
                                                                                       and aviation pioneer
                                                                                                                   medical school
                                    of Australia.                                      Lawrence Hargrave.
                                                                                                                   at Monash.
                                                                                       The library was extended                                                              Building blocks (1962): The Hargrave Library (right) and Science buildings
                                                                                                                   A culture wall                                            – Administration, Physics and Chemistry. Photo courtesy of Monash University
                                                                                       in 1974, and in 1999 it     incorporated as a
                                                                                                                                                                             Archives, Image 5040.

                                                                                       became the Hargrave-        feature on level one of
                                                                                       Andrew Library when         the refurbished library
                                                                                       it merged with the          showcases artefacts
                                                                                       Biomedical Library.         and information about                                     “The opening of the refurbished Hargrave-
                                                                                       This resulted in further    the history of the library,                               Andrew Library is a milestone in the library’s
                                                                                       extensions to the original its namesakes and the                                      ongoing efforts to respond to changing
                                                                                       building.                   faculties it serves.                                      teaching and learning styles.”

the Hargrave-Andrew Library                                                                                                                                                  Today and the future

                                                                                                                                                                             The design of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                          open-plan layout allowing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          for easier navigation,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          central photocopy
                                                                                                                                                                             refurbished building         facilities and the creation
                                                                                                                                                                             reflects the technological of an improved precinct
      Enriching the                and enriches the learning The refurbishment,                                                                                              sophistication of its users, with the relocation of the
      learning process             and research journey.        completed late in                                                                                            and makes the most           entrance. It also includes
                                                                2005, is about far                                                                                           of light and space.          increased accessibility
                                   As the oldest of Monash
      The opening of the                                        more than just a                                                                                             Key features of the          and facilities for those
                                   University’s libraries,
      refurbished Hargrave-                                                                                                                                                  refurbishment include        with disabilities, improved
                                   there is a wealth of history functional, new
      Andrew Library is a                                       look building. It is                                                                                         twice as many computer signage and the latest
                                   associated with the
      milestone in the library’s                                                                                                                                             workstations, a variety
                                   Hargrave-Andrew Library the blueprint for the                                                                                                                          technology, such as a
      ongoing efforts to
                                   which we have attempted upgrading of our eight                                                                                            of seating and desks to      wireless network and
      respond to changing
                                   to preserve and promote library branches and                                                                                              accommodate different        data and powerpoints
      teaching and learning
                                   through the refurbishment. a statement of the                                                                                             study styles, a modern,      for notebook users.
      styles. Driven by the goal                                library’s commitment
                                   The artworks chosen for
      to create library spaces                                  to the university’s
                                   the library, largely from
      that are a pleasure to                                    strategic goals.
                                   the Monash University
      use, we have made the
                                   Museum of Art collection,
      most of contemporary
                                   reinforce the university’s  Cathrine Harboe-Ree
      design and architecture
                                   history with the underlying Monash University
      supported by the latest
                                   themes aligned to the       Librarian
      technology. The result
                                   academic subject areas      13 February 2006
      is the creation of a
                                   served by the Hargrave-
      progressive information
                                   Andrew Library.
      resources environment
      which engages both
                                                                                       A feature of the Hargrave-Andrew Library’s culture wall is this portable refracting
      students and academics                                                           telescope which belonged to Sir John Monash.

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