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!

Active Labour: memoirs of a working-class doctor

6 March 2019
Moreland City Libraries - Read More program
Percy Rogers, in conversation with Phil Cleary

7.45 pm, Brunswick Library

Chinese Poetry Reading Salon中文诗歌欣赏交流会

7 March 2019
Chinese Reading and Writing Festival 中文文学节

Just listen or share an original poem with local Chinese poets in this...

Blokes and Books

7 March 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Whittlesea Library

Do you enjoy reading, talking, sharing your travel stories or just meeting...

The Eastern Curlew - meet author Harry Saddler

7 March 2019
Boroondara Library Service
Harry Saddler

Each year the Eastern Curlew flies from Australia to Siberia and back via...

2019 PEN Melbourne International Women's Day

7 March 2019
PEN Melbourne
Dr Judith Armstrong

On International Women's Day 2019, PEN Melbourne invites you to remember...

Kylie Chan and Carole Wilkinson Conversation session: Researching China

8 March 2019
Kylie Chan and Carole Wilkinson

08 Mar 2019 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM