Melbourne Library Service

Melbourne Library Service

The City of Melbourne's Melbourne Library Service has six branches across the municipality, located in the central city, Carlton, Docklands, East Melbourne, North Melbourne and Southbank

The libraries offer a wide range of facilities, services and resources, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, journals and newspapers in a range of languages as well as electronic publications.

Melbourne Library Service: Melbourne's gateway to your past, present and future.

Library membership is free and open to anyone.

Melbourne Library Services

We offer free delivery of library material to people living in the City of Melbourne who are unable to visit their local library and also visit nursing homes and other institutions.

Local History Resources

Collections and history of the library include online Local History Databases, History of Your House, Publications for Sale, Local Historical Societies and Genealogical Links.

Melbourne Library Service Locations

City Library
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne [map]
ph: 03 9658 9500

Located near bustling Degraves Street and co-located with the Centre for Adult Education, City Library is Victoria's busiest public lending library.

Getting there:
Train: all lines to Flinders Street Station
Tram: routes along Flinders Street (stops 4 or 5), Swanston Street (stops 11 or 13) or Elizabeth Street (stops 1 or 2)

East Melbourne Library
122 George Street, East Melbourne [map]
ph: 03 9658 9600

Stylish and inviting, East Melbourne Library is Australia's most ecologically sustainable public library. The library runs a range of environmental programs and is home to the City of Melbourne's Environment Resource Centre, where you can find a range of environmental books, magazines, videos, DVDs, software programs and government information including flyers and newsletters.

Getting there:
Tram from city: 48, 75 (stop 12)
Train: Hurstbridge/Epping Line to Jolimont Station
Car: limited off-street and on-street parking (parking meters)

North Melbourne Library
66 Errol Street, North Melbourne [map]
ph: 03 9658 9700

One of the longest established libraries in Victoria, North Melbourne Library was built in 1882 and opened in 1884 as a Mechanics Institute and Library. Since 1905 it has provided a free public lending service to the City of Melbourne.

Getting there:
Tram from city: 57 (stop 12)
Car: on-street parking (parking meters).

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
Address: 251 Faraday Street Carlton VIC 3053 [map]
Phone: 03 9658 7300

The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre is a modern, welcoming space where all members of the community can read, connect, learn and create. The centre is home to a library, learning and training rooms with a computer lab, recording studio, meeting rooms, community activity spaces and a cafe.

Getting there:
Tram from city: all St Kilda Road / Swanston Street routes to Melbourne University (stop 1)

Library at The Dock
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands Vic 3008 | [map]
03 9658 9998

Located on the waterfront, The Library at The Dock is a next-generation library and community hub. As well as the library collection, there is a recording studio, creative editing suites, community spaces and a large performance venue. A gallery and exhibition space celebrates Docklands' heritage.

Getting there:
Tram from city: 48, 11 (stop D18)

Southbank Library
Address: 207 City Road Southbank VIC 3006 [map]
Phone: 03 9658 8300

Southbank Library is located at Boyd Community Hub, where you will also find artist studios, maternal and child health services, meeting rooms, outdoor spaces and KereKere cafe.

Getting there:
Trams: route 1 (stop 17 – Melbourne Recital Centre) or 55 (stop 114 – City Road/Queensbridge Street)
Bus: ​Metro Bus 250/251/253 via city (stop City Rd/Queens Bridge Street – Southbank)

Contact Melbourne Library Service

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In person

You can speak to library staff in person at any of our libraries.

Via feedback form

Use our feedback form if you have any compliments, suggestions and constructive criticism regarding our services, staff and facilities.

Via email

Use contact button below

By phone

You can phone us during library opening hours. See the individual library details above for the relevant phone number.

If you are deaf, hearing-impaired, or speech-impaired, we ask that you call us via the National Relay Service: 7.30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (public holidays excluded).

Teletypewriter (TTY) users phone 133 677 then ask for 03 9658 9658.

Speak & Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9658 9658.

By post

Melbourne Library Service
PO Box 1603
Melbourne VIC 3001

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