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 Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library
  • The Athenaeum Building 2015
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • The New Melbourne Athenaeum Hall in 1872
  • Melbourne Athenaeum Chess Club in 1924
  • Historic Card Catalogue
  • 165th Birthday Celebrations in 2005

Library History


  • Artist Kyoko Imazu
  • Musical Interludes in the Library
  • International TableTop Day 2016
  • Speaker Richard Overell at the Library in 2015

Event Photos