Libraries

The State Library of Victoria was the first major cultural institution to be established in Melbourne. Since its founding in 1854, it has acquired a large collection of books, manuscripts and other literary and historical material, with a strong focus on items from Melbourne and Victoria. It is the city’s major literary repository and a highly active centre for participation by the public in reading, research and cultural engagement.

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been operating since 1839, making it Victoria's oldest subscription library. Open to library members and the general public, it has a reputation for being a charming sanctuary from the hubbub of busy Collins Street outside.

Melbourne has a thriving public library network. The three that service the inner suburbs of the city are the City of Melbourne (branches in Melbourne CBD, Carlton, Docklands, East Melbourne, North Melbourne and Southbank), the City of Port Phillip (branches in Albert Park, Emerald Hill, Middle Park, Port Melbourne and St Kilda) and the City of Yarra (branches in Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North and Richmond). Further out, Craigieburn library in Hume, Victoria was named public library of the year in 2014 following a cross-continent competition by the Danish Agency for Culture. At these, and others, you will find features such as free Wi-Fi, events, story times, talks, launches and other events.

Melbourne is also the centre of the Little Free Library movement in Australia. These tiny dollhouse-style libraries are popping up in front yards across the city as people build miniature libraries using recycled materials to offer books free to the public. A geocaching list has even been set up to help locate them. We can help too - there’s a Little Library in the CBD at Melbourne Central!

Panel: From Field to Fork: Community Food

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Michael and Pippa James (Tivoli Road Bakery), Mat...

The food we eat shapes our interactions with the world and each other.

Jamila Rizvi and Clementine Ford in conversation: Not Just Lucky, Feminism and Gender Politics

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Jamila Rizvi and Clementine Ford

Not Just Lucky is a career manifesto for millennial women and the debut book...

Workshop: Poetry and Spoken Word

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Tap into the spoken word poet within and learn the basics of spoken word...

Panel: Exposing the Personal: Revealing Narrative

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Danny Katz, Claire Halliday and Jo Stanley

In Things My Father Taught Me, author Claire Halliday interviewed a diverse...

Workshop: The Art of Story

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Arnold Zable

What is the best way to tell your story; to structure and craft it?

Writing workshop: memoir

18 November 2017
Hobsons Bay Libraries
Sarah Vincent

What makes real life stories engaging and unforgettable?