From Tuesday 15 June, the library will be open on Tuesdays (10am-6pm), Wednesdays (10am-8pm) and Thursdays (10am-6pm) until further notice.
We hope to see you in the library soon.

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 OverDrive

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Scarlet Stiletto Readings

Calling all crime fiction fans. Winning stories in the Body in the Library category of the Scarlet Stiletto Awards will be brought to life on Friday 9th July in the library. Sisters in Crime runs the annual Scarlet Stiletto awards, and this year’s competition will also be launched at this event.
Scarlet Stiletto recipient Blanche Clark (pictured) will introduce authors Jane Clifton, Susanna Lobez and Julia Gardiner, who will bring to life three winning stories in the Body in the Library category. This category is sponsored by the Melbourne Athenaeum Library.
Bookings for the readings (5.30pm for a 6pm event) can be made at TryBooking. Tickets are $10 for library members and $15 for guests, and include a glass of wine. Book early to avoid disappointment.

A welcome return to music events

It was wonderful to see the library filled with members and their guests for our first music event in a long time – the terrific Inventi Ensemble. We have many more music events planned for this year and members will be kept updated on dates and booking details via the eNews.

Archimedes War by Melissa Reeves

A work by the library's playwright-in-residence, Melissa Reeves, and directed by Susie Dee, will be staged in August as part of the Darebin Speakeasy, a year-round contemporary performing arts program.

Archimedes War is a dark comedy exploring the frightening depersonalisation of modern warfare, where waging war can look like a video game and playing video games has real-life consequences.

Performances are from August 10-20 at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and bookings can be made through https://www.darebinarts.com.au/whats-on/archimedes-war-by-melissa-reeves-directed-by-susie-dee

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.