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!

Any Book Book Club: Southbank

11 July 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

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Author talk with Kim Hodges

14 July 2018
Frankston City Libraries
Kim Hodges

"Girl Over The Edge” is the new memoir by Kim Hodges.

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Book

25 July 2018
Annabel Smith
Annabel Smith, Jane Rawson

Hoping to be published in the near-future or already signed a contract for...

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25 July 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Boroondara Library Service

Write more effectively and efficiently by learning how to use online tools...

Christian White: The Nowhere Child- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

30 July 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Christian White

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter.

Toni Jordan: writing dialogue workshop- Boroondara Literary Festival 2018

2 August 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Toni Jordan

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