Melbourne University Press was founded in 1922 to sell books and stationery to university students. It soon developed its own publishing program and later established its own printing facilities and its first publication was a duplicated set of notes from the Physics School, then known as Natural Philosophy. The first monograph was Myra Willard's History of the White Australia Policy, published in 1923.

Melbourne University Publishing inherits the proud eighty-year history of Melbourne University Press, which in 2003 became Melbourne University Publishing Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne. We publish under three main imprints; Melbourne University Press, The Miegunyah Press and MUP Academic. MUP is also proud to include the literary magazine Meanjin under its stable of imprints since 2008.

MUP publishes approximately fifty books each year over a wide range of subject areas and disciplines, and maintains a backlist of some 350 titles, which are currently being digitised to become available as both eBooks and print-on-demand.

Image: University Press in Main Building, University of Melbourne, circa 1930-1935, University of Melbourne Photograph Collection, University of Melbourne Archives, BWP7162.