The library will be closed on Wednesday January 26 for the public holiday.

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

We have lined up a busy calendar of events for 2022, including an array of classical, jazz and contemporary music performances. Our first music event will be Ultrafox (pictured) in March and we will continue to keep members informed via the eNews. We cannot wait to get back to our regular program of events.

Scarlet Stiletto Winners

The winners of the 28th annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards have been announced, and the Melbourne Athenaeum’s $1250 Body in the Library Award was won by Clare Fletcher, from Summer Hill in New South Wales. Clare, who manages communications for the Walkley Foundation for Journalism, penned Death’s Waiting Room, about an aged care home whose residents keep turning up dead in the library.

The Body in the Library Runner-up Award ($750) was won by Susan Green (pictured) from Castlemaine, Victoria, for Creativity Now!, a story that demonstrates rule number one of crime fiction – you underestimate a sweet old lady at your peril.

This year's awards, which are run by the Sisters in Crime, attracted 241 short stories, which competed for a record $11,910 in prize money and benefits.

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.

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.