The Committee, lead by Treasurer Kevin Quigley, has undertaken a revision of the rules which govern the operation of the Melbourne Athenaeum, last revised and registered in 2007. Members will have an opportunity to raise any questions about these draft rules at the AGM, which will take place in the Library at 1pm on 17 April.

You can read an annotated version of these draft rules here.

You can view the current rules of the organisation here.

As always we are beyond thrilled to welcome Josephine, Nicholas, Ruby, and Me Na of Affinity Quartet to perform at the Melbourne Athenaeum.

Last time Affinity Quartet performed in the library we had to talk them into a second performance in the same week because they proved so popular. Don't miss your chance this time and book here!

And after you have booked, check their website to see how much they have done in recent years and their full program for 2023.

Join us on Friday 2 June for an historic and enjoyable occasion – the launch of the Sisters in Crime's 30th Scarlet Stiletto Awards.

Angela Savage, winner of the 2011 Scarlet Stiletto, will launch the 30th Scarlet Stiletto Awards and host celebratory readings of winning Body in the Library stories from the past two years.

Since 2012, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library has sponsored the Body in the Library Award.

Doors open at 5:30pm and entry includes a glass of wine or sparkling water. The event readings start at 6pm.

Tickets are available here.

Everyone always loves it when we are lucky enough to have Sally Ford and the Idiomatics playing in the Library, so book your tickets soon!

Playing songs of life, love and lived experience, this genre-defying ensemble fuses the musical provenance of its members... from Latin to film music via ska and funk.

Patrick Cronin and Michael Havir provide lush backing arrangements to Sally Ford's wryly observed lyrics. The underscore of keyboards, samples and synth is embellished by trombone, saxophone, flute and even a bit of whistling. Adding some strings magic is Alice Garner on cello.

Bookings can be made here: