The library is pleased to announce that we are planning to reopen for Click and Collect services from Friday 2nd October. This will be subject to government directives and will at this stage still include a 5km travel limit.
For more information please call or email the library.
eBooks continue to be available at all times, and more information about accessing them can be found on our catalogue.

New eBooks

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Popular eBooks

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Different eBooks

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Non-Fiction eBooks

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Join Our Virtual Book Clubs

The library's monthly Great Big Book Club for members to share their book recommendations continues to be popular. Our next Great Big Book Club will be on Monday 12th October at 2pm. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate.

The library's regular book and screen clubs are meeting via Zoom. If you're interested in participating contact the library via the live chat function, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 9650 3100 between 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

Looking For Reading Ideas?

Looking for some inspiration of what to read (or reserve)? Recent member suggestions include these gems: The good turn (Dervla McTiernan), The library book (Susan Orlean), Reckoning: a memoir (Magda Szubanski), A room made of leaves (Kate Grenville), The yield (Tara June Winch), and Roseanna (Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo). Explore our catalogue here http://library.melbourneathenaeum.org.au/ and our ever-expanding eBook collection here https://melbourneathenaeum.overdrive.com/

Loan Extensions

The library is continuing to renew book loans and all current loans have been extended until the end of October. We will keep members informed of any changes to service arrangements, and we look forward to catching up with our valued members when it is safe to do so.

Become a Member

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric since 1839 and offers a safe, welcoming space in the heart of the city. We offer Victoria’s finest crime fiction and biography collections, as well as the latest in books, magazines, DVDs, eBooks and audio books in a relaxing atmosphere. Members’ benefits include regular music performances, a variety of engaging talks, book and screen clubs and free wifi – for a modest yearly subscription of $99 ($89 concession). To join this wonderful institution, click here.