Composite image of exterior and interior of Carlton Kitchen Library
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Carlton Kitchen Library

A zero-waste library for cooks


Time Out says

If you’ve always wanted to be a zero-waste hero in the kitchen, then allow us to introduce you to Melbourne’s first-ever kitchen library.

Based at Carlton’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre, the Carlton Kitchen Library is basically a Narnia-like walk-in-pantry for foodies, stocking over 300 kitchen appliances and cooking items. Not only will you be winning at reusing and recycling, but you can also tick off expanding your multicultural cooking repertoire, too. For example, there's an injera maker, a ravioli mould, and an ice cream machine.

Ready to be the hostess with the mostest? You can save on supplies, space and waste by borrowing glasses, cutlery, crockery, and even tablecloths. Led by the non-profit Cultivating Community, and supported by Melbourne city council, the library is an initiative even Greta Thunberg would be proud of. 

The Carlton Kitchen Library is currently only offering a delivery service only on Fridays between 9am and noon. Memberships start from $20 via the website.


480 Lygon Street
Opening hours:
Fri 9am-noon
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