The Athenaeum Library is a subscription-based oasis offering more than 30,000 volumes of biography, science fiction, fantasy, history, current best sellers, journals and popular magazines, detective fiction and classics.Make Melbourne Athenaeum Library part of your personalized Melbourne itinerary using our Melbourne day trip planning site.
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Melbourne Athenaeum Library Reviews
This is in the Athenaeum Theatre building. It is Victoria's oldest subscription library, operating since 1839. It was established as Melbourne's first mechanics institute. As all other libraries it... more »
This newly renovated state library contains history of Victoria unlike the museum and similar attractions. Did the tour of rare books with a lovely volunteer tour guide. The interior has been... more »
Beautiful library. However, I was sitting down to fill out the membership form when a librarian approached to tell me that only members were allowed to use the tables (after complaining to another man about the Chinese influx). Lost a member-to-be that day!
High ceilings, heaps of books, quiet place to rest in the city, members subscription library, can make tea n coffee yourself, people know you after a while. There is a community around this library and the people who use it. It's unusual in that it is run by membership subscription, ie: a yearly fee. I like it for its personal touch , its community feel,and the quietness in the center of the downtown area.
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