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

East Melbourne Library will close from Tuesday 4 April to Tuesday 13 June 2017 while a range of refurbishment works take place.

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

visit our website:

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

 Click here to send a message to the advertiser

Melbourne Link Melbourne Library Service Link opens in new browser window

Opens in New Window Link opens in new browser window

Opens in New Window Link opens in new browser window

Opens in New Window State Library of Victoria Link opens in new browser window

Opens in New Window Link opens in new browser window

Arts Spaces at City Library Arts Spaces at City Library

The Library at The Dock The Library at The Dock

Link opens new page Content > View Category | Melbourne | View Mobile Friendly Page

Link opens new page This Page > Update | Edit This Page

Click here to edit / update this page

Stay Tuned | Free Newsletter

Want all the latest Melbourne events and activities straight to your inbox?

Subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter below to keep up to date with all the best events & activities for Melbourne. Newsletters are sent once a week every Tuesday!

Email Address*:

Melbourne * Requires confirmation Read FAQ | Read This Week's Newsletter

Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram
See Events in May >

Hophaus SausageFest
View Hophaus SausageFest
Announcing Hophaus SausageFest – A Fleisch Festival – A German Meat Festival in the heart of | Read On..

Peter and Bambi Heaven | The Magic Inside
View Peter and Bambi Heaven | The Magic Inside
Magic is going to happen people. Asher Treleaven (La Soirée) and Gypsy Wood (Miss Cage Dance | Read On..

Prometheus Bound
View Prometheus Bound
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus The daring of concept and dramatic movement of Aeschylus stands | Read On..

Centre of Italian Studies
View Centre of Italian Studies
Based in Melbourne's lively "Little Italy", the Centre of Italian Studies has been teaching Italian | Read On..

Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
View Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive attractions. Award winning | Read On..

Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
View Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
Melbourne's best traditional GREEK night with live music, entertainment, dancing and Mediterranean | Read On..

Check Out
Aladdin – The Musical
View Aladdin – The Musical
Disney’s ALADDIN is the must-see show of the year and “Broadway’s biggest new hit! (Entertainment Weekly) From the producer of The Lion King, the | Read On..

Mel's Pick
Van Gogh and the Seasons
View Van Gogh and the Seasons
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2017 NGV - National Gallery of Victoria 28 April - 9 July 2017 | Read On..