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, 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!

Reading Party

20 September 2018
Melbourne Library Service

Make a date with a book and join us at our Reading Party to celebrate...

The tattooist of Auschwitz- Heather Morris in conversation with Claire Halliday

27 September 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Heather Morris and Claire Halliday

In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have...

Any Book Book Club: East Melbourne

2 October 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

Like talking about books? So do we!

Any Book Book Club: Southbank

10 October 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

Like talking about books? So do we!

Tulloch: the extraordinary life and times of a true champion, meet author Ken Linnett.

1 November 2018
Boroondara Library Service
Ken Linnett

Ken Linnett takes us on a social and sporting journey of post-war Australia...

Any Book Book Club: East Melbourne

13 November 2018
Melbourne Library Service
Melbourne Library Service

Like talking about books? So do we!