The library is closed in line with the current lockdown conditions. eBooks continue to be available through OverDrive during this period.
Please disregard any automated emails you receive from the library during the lockdown.

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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Our (rescheduled) music program

The library’s much-loved music program has seen many events unfortunately postponed this year, but we are working to reschedule them as soon as possible.

We remain hopeful that the latter part of the year will see a return to our regular program of library performances featuring classical, jazz and contemporary artists (such as Steve Lucas and Tanya-Lee Davies - pictured).

All of our music events are free for members, and guests pay just $10. Bookings are essential and members will be kept informed of upcoming events.

Music Online

One of the library’s favourite contemporary music performers, Tanya-Lee Davies, has emerged fleetingly from lockdown to release her second single, Love Town, online. You can enjoy the “folksy acoustic, baritone guitar dripping, harmony laden tale of miles and misdemeanours” here.

Library members and guests will again have the opportunity to enjoy Tanya-Lee’s music, at her rescheduled performance in October. Tanya-Lee will be joined by acclaimed percussionist Amy Valent Curtis.

Stay tuned for more details on the October performance. We can’t wait to welcome performers and our members back to the library.

Book club meetings and reads

Our transition back to on-site meetings has been thwarted. However, our book and screen clubs are continuing to meet via Zoom, and we will keep club members updated.

Some of the September picks for our book clubs include A grave for two (Anne Holt - also available at the library as an ebook), How to stop time (Matt Haig - also available as an ebook), Hamnet (Maggie O'Farrell) and The dictionary of lost words (Pip Williams).

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.