The Melbourne Athenaeum Library will be closed from Friday May 5 for the installation of new shelving and will reopen on Tuesday May 9.

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

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • Melbourne Athenaeum Chess Club in 1924
  • Athenaeum Art Gallery circa 1970
  • The Building’s Exterior in 1857
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Hall circa 1920

Library History


  • Author Andy Griffiths at Hands In Print 2015
  • White Night 2015
  • Historic Items at the Library’s 175th Birthday
  • Author Kerry Greenwood at Hands In Print 2015

Event Photos