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Time Out says

You'll find Melbourne's biggest bibliophiles at Readings where you can buy books until late

Update 15/05/20: As of May 14, Readings Carlton, Kids, Doncaster and Malvern have reopened to the public. Stores have customer limits in place and you must maintain 1.5 metres from other shoppers. Readings is asking customers to use the supplied hand sanitiser on arrival and to limit your visit to 15 minutes.

The store is only accepting card payments at the moment and is encouraging people to ring ahead with their orders if they already know what they wish to purchase. Online shopping and delivery is still available for $5 Australia-wide, or free for orders over $60. Readings Hawthorn is set to open Friday, May 15 while Readings St Kilda is not allowing customers into the store, but offering kerbside pick-up and staff recommendations from its door.

Readings' Carlton outpost is the bookstore chain's first shop to open in Melbourne. Opening in 1969, the bookstore has stayed on Lygon Street since its inception and its current location across the street from Cinema Nova has been home to the bookstore since 1998.

The landmark bookstore isn't just famous in Melbourne either – Readings Carlton won international acclaim in 2016 when they were awarded the 'Bookstore of the Year' award at the London Book Fair International Exellence Awards. As well as being an exceptional place to find all things printed and bound, Readings was recognised for their community outreach, support for non-profits and work in promoting Australian writers and literacy. Closer to home they're also the proud recipient of the 'Independent Book Retailer of the Year' for both 2016 and 2017 at the Australian Book Industry Awards. 

Drop into readings for everything from fiction books, cookbooks, coffee table tomes, children's books, to CDs, vinyls, and gifts. Plus Readings Carlton stays open until 11pm Monday to Saturday, and until 9pm Sunday – perfect for all you nocturnal book nerds. 



Address: 309 Lygon St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm

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