The State Library of Victoria was the first major cultural institution to be established in Melbourne. Since its founding in 1854, it has acquired a large collection of books, manuscripts and other literary and historical material, with a strong focus on items from Melbourne and Victoria. It is the city’s major literary repository and a highly active centre for participation by the public in reading, research and cultural engagement.

The Melbourne Athenaeum Library has been operating since 1839, making it Victoria's oldest subscription library. Open to library members and the general public, it has a reputation for being a charming sanctuary from the hubbub of busy Collins Street outside.

Melbourne has a thriving public library network. The three that service the inner suburbs of the city are the City of Melbourne (branches in Melbourne CBD, Carlton, Docklands, East Melbourne, North Melbourne and Southbank), the City of Port Phillip (branches in Albert Park, Emerald Hill, Middle Park, Port Melbourne and St Kilda) and the City of Yarra (branches in Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North and Richmond). Further out, Craigieburn library in Hume, Victoria was named public library of the year in 2014 following a cross-continent competition by the Danish Agency for Culture. At these, and others, you will find features such as free Wi-Fi, events, story times, talks, launches and other events.

Melbourne is also the centre of the Little Free Library movement in Australia. These tiny dollhouse-style libraries are popping up in front yards across the city as people build miniature libraries using recycled materials to offer books free to the public. A geocaching list has even been set up to help locate them. We can help too - there’s a Little Library in the CBD at Melbourne Central!

Essendon Rifles book relaunch

30 March 2017
Moonee Valley Libraries
Judy Maddigan

Join local historian Judy Maddigan for the relaunch of her publication...

Welcome to the Library tour

4 April 2017 to 1 June 2017
State Library Victoria

Take a guided tour exploring the Library’s many spaces and services.

Author Talk with Shane Maloney

8 April 2017
Frankston City Libraries
Shane Maloney

Join Shane Maloney at Frankston Library as he discusses his works and...

Author Glenn McFarlane - The Fair Dinkums

19 April 2017
Moonee Valley Libraries
Glenn McFarlane

The Fair Dinkums is about soldiers from Victoria who were sent to Gallipoli...

The complete recordings of Tim Steward

20 April 2017
Hobsons Bay Libraries
Cameron Borg

Cameron Borg, musician and writer, explores the world of Australian indie...

Author Talk with Andrew Rule

22 April 2017
Frankston City Libraries
Andrew Rule

Andrew Rule is well known for his journalism for newspapers, radio and TV....