The library is open regular hours Tuesdays to Saturdays. Currently book and screen clubs continue to operate by Zoom.
Please contact the library for additional information during this transitional period.

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 OverDrive

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MUSIC IS BACK

What a pleasure it will be to welcome Steve Lucas and Jerome Smith back to the library stage on Friday 30th July from 6pm. Steve has almost become a regular at the library since our contemporary music performances began – and he has previously described every show in the space as “a gem”.

Steve, a singer/songwriter and producer, was dubbed a “living legend” by Rolling Stone magazine, and is the last surviving founding member of infamous Aussie punk band X. His musical partner on the night, Jerome Smith, was born in New York City and raised on country and western, and soul music by his father, and gospel music by his mother.

The music event is free for members and guests pay just $10. Bookings are essential, either by calling 9650 3100 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open House Melbourne

While the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has had to withdraw from OHM2021 this weekend, there is so much to explore online - from wherever you are in Melbourne or across the world - during Open House Melbourne July 2021. If you find yourself with time to spare over the weekend, check out the digital program and support this incredible virtual event.

Archimedes War by Melissa Reeves

A work by the library's playwright-in-residence, Melissa Reeves, and directed by Susie Dee, will be staged in August as part of the Darebin Speakeasy, a year-round contemporary performing arts program.

Archimedes War is a dark comedy exploring the frightening depersonalisation of modern warfare, where waging war can look like a video game and playing video games has real-life consequences.

Performances are from August 10-20 at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and bookings can be made through https://www.darebinarts.com.au/whats-on/archimedes-war-by-melissa-reeves-directed-by-susie-dee

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.