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!

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Maria Takolander

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Melbourne Book Club

3 August 2021
City of Melbourne Libraries
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Parenting Workshop Connecting Through Stories to Build Resilience in our Kids

5 August 2021
Andy McNeilly and Rich Bolus

Andy McNeilly (Connecting with Your Kids) and Rich Bolus (Dad Mindset Show)...

FrankTALK with Keith Banks

5 August 2021
Frankston City Libraries
Keith Banks

From the bestselling author of Drugs, Guns & Lies, comes Keith's sto

What to Expect When You're Immigrating

5 August 2021
Wyndham City Libraries
NASH in conversation with Bruno Lettieri

Come and hear a discussion of immigrant perspectives with Sri Lankan born...

Writing A Family History

6 August 2021
Eastern Regional Libraries
James Twycross

Join us to be inspired by local author James Twycross' new book.