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 Library
  • The Athenaeum Building 2011
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Foyer
  • An Historic Institution

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • The Building’s Exterior in 1939
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1957
  • The New Melbourne Athenaeum Hall in 1872
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1970

Library History


  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2016
  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2016
  • Historic Items at the Library’s 175th Birthday
  • Musical Interludes in the Library

Event Photos