General Fiction

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Crime Fiction

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Non-Fiction

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Other Genres

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eBooks

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Music in the library is back

Our music program will kick off in May with perennial favourite the Inventi Ensemble. Keep an eye out for all of the details, including booking information, in our May eNews. Staff have been busily organising music events for the rest of the year so stay tuned for more details.

Annual General Meeting

Members are invited to attend the Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated’s 182nd Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday 21st April from 5.30pm. Reservations are necessary so if you would like to attend please RSVP by calling 9650 3100 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome our 2021 Resident Playright: Melissa Reeves

Award-winning playwright Melissa Reeves was all set to take up her library residency in 2020 - until that was derailed by COVID-19. She has now commenced and Melissa said it was incredible to work in such a beautiful space. Please join us in welcoming Melissa to the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

Melissa’s most recent play is Anthem (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas and composer Irine Vela) for the Arts Centre Melbourne, and presented at the 2019 Melbourne Festival and the 2020 Sydney and Perth festivals. With the same team, she also co-wrote Fever and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, which won best play in the Queensland Literary Awards, two AWGIES for best new play and the Jill Blewitt Playwright’s Award in 1999. Other plays include Happy Ending, Furious Mattress and The Spook (awarded the 2005 Louis Esson Prize for Drama in the Victorian Premiers Awards, and two AWGIES for best new play), Sweetown (awarded the Jill Blewitt Playwright’s Award in 1993), and Magpie (with Richard Frankland). Melissa also co-wrote the screen-play for the film Blessed, which was based on Who's Afraid of the Working Class.

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.