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!

The Graphic Novel Scene

27 May 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Mandy Ord

Looking for new graphic novels?

Call me Evie - a conversation with author J.P. Pomare

29 May 2019
Boroondara Library Service
J. P. Pomare

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New...

Comic Book Badges: 3D Printing Basics

30 May 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Ivanhoe Library

Zap! Pow! Kasplat!

Write Together

31 May 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Watsonia Library

Bring in your current project and write in the company of fellow writers –...

City of Banyule Comic Con

1 June 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Watsonia Library and Banyule City Council

It’s pop culture overload in May when we hold a Comic Con at three of our...

Altered Books Exhibition

1 June 2019 to 30 June 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Eltham Library

It’s Library and Information Week!