Macquarie University Library holds over 1.8 million print and electronic items. They include books, journals, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, working papers, maps, Macquarie postgraduate theses, computer software, multimedia, microfilm, microfiche, posters, toys, games and additional non-print resources. New items are regularly added to ensure high quality resources are available for learning, teaching and research.

The Library acquires by purchase, donation and bequest, with many collections containing rare items. Some collections are discrete and separate, while others provide focus for development in specialised areas. Access to these items is often restricted.


Physical items are situated either on the shelves, located on levels 1 and 2 or in the Automated Retrieval Collection (ARC). Restricted access collections are not available for loan but can be read under supervision. Electronic Resources are available to Macquarie University students and staff at any time over the internet.

Collection items are stored based on Collection Storage Principles.

For enquiries, visit our Information Desk on level 2. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of the latest resource acquisitions in your areas of interest.


East Asia and the various Reference Collections have been integrated into level 1 and 2 and the Automated Retrieval Collection.

Australian, Stack and Audiovisual items are now located in the Retrieval Collection.