The Melbourne Athenaeum Library will be closed for the Easter long weekend from 6:00pm Thursday April 13 to 10:00am Tuesday April 18.

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 Historic Melbourne Athenaeum Lift
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Foyer
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Foyer

Library Photos by Peter Ittack


  • Athenaeum Art Gallery circa 1920
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1962
  • The Melbourne Athenaeum Library 1913
  • Historic Items Display in 2006

Library History


  • Nite Art 2014
  • 175th Birthday Cake
  • Barking Spider Theatre
  • Scarlet Stiletto Awards 2016

Event Photos