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!

#MeToo: Stories from the Australian movement

17 November 2019
Stonnington Libraries
Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott, Miriam Sved

Presented as part of the Stonnington Libraries Literary Festival, [untitled...

Growing up in Australia

17 November 2019
Stonnington Libraries
Alice Pung, Demet Divaroren, Nyadol Nyuon

Presented as part of the Stonnington Libraries Literary Festival, [untitled...

North Melbourne Book Club

18 November 2019
City of Melbourne Libraries
Melbourne Library Service
Like talking about books? So do we.
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Paul Byrnes on The Lost Boys of WWI

18 November 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library
Paul Byrnes

Ivanhoe Library

6.00pm - 7.00pm

eAudio Book Club

19 November 2019
City of Melbourne Libraries
Melbourne Library Service
The eAudiobook club is just like a regular book club, with great books...

Book Chat

19 November 2019
Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Mill Park Library

2.00pm - 3.00pm