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 Library
  • A Welcoming Place to Read or Write
  • The Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • 165th Birthday Celebrations in 2005
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1957
  • The Building’s Exterior in 1939
  • Historic Items Display in 2006

Library History


  • Musical Interludes in the Library
  • Musical Interludes in the Library
  • Artist Kyoko Imazu
  • Author Graeme Base at Hands In Print 2015

Event Photos