The Library

Throughout its life, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library on Level 1 has provided Melburnians with access to a hand-picked collection of books and reading material. Today, the library holds a 30,000-strong collection and hosts regular events, talks, book clubs and a screen club. It provides a warn, inviting reading room to relax in the heart of the city, and payment of an annual subscription allows you to become part of this extraordinary institution, part of Melbourne's history.



  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Foyer
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Foyer
  • The Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • Athenaeum Art Gallery circa 1970
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1970
  • 1940 Brochure
  • Historic Items Display in 2006

Library History


  • Art Installation
  • Nite Art 2015
  • Author Kerry Greenwood at Hands In Print 2015
  • White Night 2015

Event Photos