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, 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!

Helen Jukes in conversation with Tessa Laird

31 August 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Helen Jukes and Tessa Laird

UK author Helen Jukes has written a beautiful memoir, A Honeybee Heart Has...

Things my father taught me with Claire Halliday

1 September 2018
Frankston City Libraries
Claire Halliday

To celebrate Father’s Day come along to Frankston Library to hear author...

Any Book Book Club: East Melbourne

4 September 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

Like talking about books? So do we!

Northcote High School Poetry Slam

7 September 2018
Northcote High School
Emilie Zoey Baker

Friday night from 7 - 9pm.

NHS Writers' Festival : Growing Young Writers

8 September 2018
Northcote High School
Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood, Bernard Caleo and Jack...

Join us for the 4th annual NHS Writers’ Festival showcasing YA writing and...

Any Book Book Club: Southbank

12 September 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

Like talking about books? So do we!