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Melbourne Athenaeum Library

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Melbourne Atheneaum Library
Photograph: Grace Petrou
Melbourne Atheneaum Library
Photograph: Grace Petrou
Melbourne Atheneaum Library
Photograph: Grace Petrou

Time Out says

This stand-out library in the city boasts over 30,000 books

Founded in 1839, the Melbourne Athenaeum is an art and culture hub located above the Atheneum Theatre on Collins Street. The library is like a semi-secret reading room. Here, you’ll find quality new releases and classics and one of Victoria’s best crime fiction collections. As well as the enormous book collection, the library also hosts a program of events and book clubs throughout the year. There is a modest membership fee attached ($30-$99), but it’s worth it – you’ll feel like the member of a thoroughly civilised private club from yesteryear.


Address: Level 1
188 Collins Street
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-2pm
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