The Melbourne Athenaeum Inc.'s 2024 Annual General Meeting will be held at 1pm, Monday 15 April, in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

For more information please refer to the events page or speak to a staff member.

The Melbourne Athenaeum Inc.'s 2024 Annual General Meeting will be held at 1pm, Monday 15 April, in the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.

For more information please refer to the events page or speak to a staff member.

News and Events

Saturday 25 May 2024
Book Launch: Michael Prewer
R.E.Generation, the debut novel by Michael Prewer, will be launched in the library on May 25 - and members are invited to this free event. R.E.Generation presents a near future...read more
Friday 14 June 2024
Djobila Rattler
Djobila Rattler is a collaboration involving Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate, who was born and raised within the 'griot' musical tradition of his homeland Mali, and three renowned Melbourne musicians: George Butrumlis...read more
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Library

A range of cultural activities are held in the beautiful surrounds of the subscription library.
The library holds a 30,000 strong collection and hosts regular music performances, talks, book and screen clubs, and artist and writer-in-residence programs. Members enjoy the historic atmosphere and quiet haven in a bustling city.

Browse the collection

New Acquisitions

General Fiction
Body friend / Katherine Brabon
General Fiction
Homeland / Walter Kempowski
General Fiction
West girls / Laura Elizabeth Woollett
General Fiction
Study for obedience / Sarah Bernstein
General Fiction
Salt River Road / Molly Schmidt
Crime Fiction
Framed / Stuart Rosson
Crime Fiction
The tea ladies / Amanda Hampson
Crime Fiction
We know you remember / Tove Alsterdal
Crime Fiction
Death on the down beat / Sebastian Farr
Crime Fiction
City under one roof / Iris Yamashita
Non Fiction
The swift dark tide / Katia Ariel
Non Fiction
Templars / Steve Tibble
Non Fiction
Tokyo vice / Jake Adelstein
Non Fiction
Servo / David Goodwin
Non Fiction
Enigma traitors / Dermot Turing
Other Genres
The rewilding / Donna M Cameron
Other Genres
Dragon palace / Hiromi Kawakami
Other Genres
The man in the picture / Susan Hill
Other Genres
Chloe / Katrina Kell
Other Genres
Dark mode / Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Ebooks
Bindi / Kirli Saunders
Ebooks
The Uncharted Flight of Olivia West / Sara Ackerman
Ebooks
No One Can Know / Kate Alice Marshall
Ebooks
In Want of a Viscount / Lorraine Heath
Ebooks
What You Are Looking for is in the Library / Michiko Aoyama

About us

The Melbourne Athenaeum enriches Melbourne’s cultural and educational life by fostering public engagement with the arts and culture, and supporting creativity.
A Management Committee of volunteers is responsible for the organisation’s governance. Every member joining the Melbourne Athenaeum becomes a custodian of a rich part of the city’s living history.
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State Library Victoria, www.slv.vic.gov.au, Alfred Martin Ebsworth, June 29, 1885.

History

The story that unfolds here is about a unique organisation that continues to contribute to the city’s culture in a building first completed in 1842.
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