At the heart of the University’s academic life is the well-equipped Matheson Library.  This full air-conditioned and carpeted building has study desks for about 400 students, and over 129, 526 collections of books and periodicals for use by staff, students and visitors. The PNG Collection section is a unique feature in the library which collects information about PNG, in the form of scientific books, documents, reports and periodicals, and is also accessible to staff, students, researchers and visitors. 

The Library subscribes to the major national and international daily and weekly newspapers, and is able, through the Inter-library Loan Scheme, to obtain any publication needed by its users.  Students are permitted to borrow up to eight books for up to two weeks at a time. Also contained in the Library is the Central Teaching Facilities, with its large collection of films, slides, photographs and tapes.  The Unit services teaching and research needs of staff and students. 


To provide timely intimate access to information in appropriate formats to the university community in support of its activities in teaching, learning, research, scholarship and administration. It is to contribute to the literacy and cultural development of the university and the wider community.


Matheson Library shares the vision of the University of Technology, the aspirations to be the prime institution in the country and the Pacific.


To achieve our vision, our shared values are:

Commitment to Excellence

Team work and Personal Responsibility

Flexibility and Innovation

Open Communication

Continuous Professional Development



1968    The library began operation under a ‘blue’ tent house in the Forestry Department area at the beginning of the academic year. It was managed by Mrs. Wendy Wilson and assisted by the first Papua New Guinea national library assistant, Mr. George King Kivia and another expatriate female.Newspapers and magazines were kept in 2 (two) small boxes, which would be unpacked and packed daily.

1969    Completion of the 1st academic building (named J. A. Sandover) now the Surveying Department Building. The library moved to this new site. Two small rooms were allocated to the library and held about 4,000 volumes. It was managed by a Technical Service Librarian, Mr. Hans John Possin who later became the 1st University Librarian. Staff comprised of mainly female expatriates.

1972    First stage of the new library building was completed providing 230 readers seats and shelving for 50,000 volumes. It was officially opened by the Chief Minister Michael T Somare on 9th December 1972

1974    Stage II of the library building was approved and construction began in the period July 1976 till September 1977

1975    The Library was named in honor of Sir Louis Matheson who retired after 10 years as member of the Council, Chairman of Council and then Chancellor of the University.

1977    Official opening of Stage II of Matheson Library Project cost was K900, 000 and the total cost including all furniture and equipment was around K1 million.The building was fully air conditioned building with a design capacity to seat 480 readers and 80,000 volumes. Special features include an 80 seat film theater, the University artifact collection, a display gallery and the PEACESAT Satellite Terminal.It was designed by the Architectural Firm – Goodsir, Baker and Wilde, Brisbane, Australia and constructed by Morobe Constructions.

          1989    Transfer of the Catalogue from cards to the computer.

          1990    Introduction of Brodart (American) as a cataloguing system

 1991    Inter- Library Loans started using the internet ahead of the University to Gain access to materials from the British Library.

 1989    Localization of most of the senior library positions from expatriates to national Papua New Guineans

 1993    Library aggressively pursued training overseas and within the country for Library staff on all aspects of library development

          1999    New library system (Athena) introduced to supersede the Brodart system.

 2011   The Library Management began exploring the open source application to migrate Athena bibliographic record to Koha to give University wide access to the catalogue. Work is underway on this project

          2015    Digitization section established in the Library.