The Melbourne Athenaeum Library will be closed on Monday June 12 for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.

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 Athenaeum Building 2006
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library
  • A Welcoming Place to Read or Write
  • The Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1970
  • The Building’s Exterior in 1857
  • Athenaeum Art Gallery circa 1970
  • Collins Street in 1900

Library History


  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2015
  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2016
  • Art Installation
  • Author Graeme Base at Hands In Print 2015

Event Photos