The library is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays for a 'browse and borrow' service. 'Click and collect' is also available during opening hours.
The library will close at 4pm Friday December 17 for the holiday period and will reopen on Wednesday January 12 at 10am.

New General Fiction

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New Crime Fiction

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New Non-Fiction

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New Other Genres

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New eBooks on OverDrive

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Music performances are back

In a welcome return to our music events, Affinity Quartet will perform at the library twice in December. Affinity Quartet has established itself as one of Australia's leading string quartets, and has enjoyed critically-acclaimed performances in Amsterdam, Belgium, Venice, Salzburg and the UK.

Although both events are currently booked out we have a wait list in case there are cancellations, to add yourself to either wait list email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We have scheduled a busy calendar of events, including classical, contemporary and jazz musical performances, in 2022, so keep checking the eNews for details.

New furniture for the library

The final instalment in our library refurbishment is complete, with the delivery of new Victorian-made timber tables.

In 2020, the library received a $10,000 State Government grant to replace its old, donated and mismatched tables. The new tables are the finishing touch to a $150,000 upgrade, which included new carpet, new electrical wiring and repainting. New chairs were bought thanks to generous donations from library members.

Gift memberships

If you're stuck for what to buy a literary family member or friend, why not consider a gift membership for the library? As a special deal for Christmas, we are offering a $10 discount on gift memberships ($89 full membership and $79 concession). If you would like to buy a gift membership please speak to the library staff.

Become a Member

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric since 1839 and offers a safe, welcoming space in the heart of the city. We offer Victoria’s finest crime fiction and biography collections, as well as the latest in books, magazines, DVDs, eBooks and audio books in a relaxing atmosphere. Members’ benefits include regular music performances, a variety of engaging talks, book and screen clubs and free wifi – for a modest yearly subscription of $99 ($89 concession). To join this wonderful institution, click here.