In response to COVID-19, the library is closed until April 30. We will continue to keep members updated about this.
Following advice from Federal and State governments we have decided that closing for the time being is the most responsible course of action.
eBooks will still be available during this period and more information about accessing them can be found on our catalogue.



  • An Historic Institution
  • The Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift
  • A Quiet Place to Work or Study
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Hall circa 1920
  • The Building’s Exterior in 1939
  • Athenaeum Art Gallery circa 1920
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1962

Building History


  • Anne Kucera 2016
  • Musical Interludes in the Library
  • Author Graeme Base at Hands In Print 2015
  • 175th Birthday Cake

Event Photos