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

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1918
  • 165th Birthday Celebrations in 2005
  • Historic Card Catalogue
  • The Building’s Exterior in 1876

Library History


  • White Night 2015
  • Barking Spider Theatre
  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2015
  • Author Andy Griffiths at Hands In Print 2015

Event Photos