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The Library supports the goals and strategic direction of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital by providing relevant biomedical information and services that support patient care, education and research.


The following are eligible for full library membership:

  • Employees of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Honorary Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Emeritus appointees

Partial Membership [No offsite access to e-resources]

  • Employees and postgraduate research students of the University of Melbourne's Department of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Overseas Fellows on short-term appointments [less than 3 months] at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (no borrowing)

Eligible to join upon payment of applicable membership fee:

  • Melbourne University Postgraduate Audiology students
  • Australian Health professionals not employed by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Students currently enrolled in undergraduate degree in medical, nursing or allied health training programs
  • Please click here to obtain the Borrower Application Form

Membership Fees (Incl. GST):

Australian Health Professionals: $250  up to 12 months;  $150 up to 6 months. Student membership (limited borrowing) is $60 per year [or part thereof].


Book Collections

  • Circulating Books [2 weeks loan]
  • Electronic Books
  • Reference Books [Not For Loan]
  • CORE Collections [7 day Loan]

Journal Collection

  • Electronic Journals
  • Print Journals [Shelved alphabetically by title]


The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
1st Floor, Edward Neild Building,
32 Gisborne Street,
East Melbourne,
Victoria. 3002. Australia

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Closed on weekends and Victorian Public Holidays.

Ph: +61 3 9929 8710 [Information Help Desk] ; +61 3 9929 8732 [Manager: Mrs. Imeri Waibuca]
Fax: +61 3 9639 1808


2017 - 18 Members

Chairperson - Loretta Sheales - Exec Director, People & Communication

 Imeri Waibuca - Library Manager

Dr. Robert Webb - Otolaryngology Consultant

Dr. Gary Leber - Ophthalmology Consultant

Dr. Thomas Campbell-  Ophthalmology Registrar

Vacant - ENT Registrar

Ann Vintiadis - Nursing Educator

Robyn Boyce - Pharmacy/Audiology

Stephanie Tsonis - Diagnostic Eye Services

Jaime Leigh - Cochlear Implant Clinic

University of Melbourne, Dept. of Otolaryngology- TBA

University of Melbourne Dept. of Ophthalmology- (TBA)


The Ronald Lowe Library is  located on the first floor of the James Edward Neild House, next door to the Victorian Artists' Society.

In 1890 the Australian Medical Journal in Melbourne published a catalogue of books and journals in Melbourne libraries, brought about by Sir James Barrett. The subject of this material was on the physiology and pathology of the eye, ear and throat.

At the instigation of Dr Ronald F Lowe and Dr KG Howsam, Medical Superintendent of The Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (granted Queen's patronage in 1960) and with the cooperation of the Committee of Management a professional librarian was appointed in 1954.

Dr Lowe was a member of The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Library Committee since its inception and served as Chairman of the Committee at various intervals until his retirement due to ill health in September 1997. He was Chairman of The Ophthalmological Society of Australia's Library Committee from 1953 to 1961 when he became Honorary Librarian. He resigned as Honorary Librarian of the College in September 1997 due to illness. On 27 September 1982, the Committee of Management decided to name The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital Medical Library, The Ronald Lowe Library, to honour Dr Lowe's long and dedicated involvement.