Rediscover your local library

Melburnians are avid consumers of free books, magazines, films, music and online learning through the City of Melbourne’s public libraries.

Digital library materials surged in popularity during last year’s lockdowns and our central city, Carlton, Docklands, East Melbourne, North Melbourne and Southbank library branches have now reopened to the public.

If you need help choosing your next page-turner, simply ask a librarian, visit What to read, or listen to episodes of our Dear Reader and Desert Island Books podcasts on SoundCloud.

Many library activities are still running online, like conversation clubs and storytimes. Some in-person activities have resumed, like some special events, daytime book clubs and Makerspaces, where you can learn to craft and code.

Here are just three of the many ways to get involved:

1. Conversation clubs
Currently running online
Various times

Meet new people and practise your English language skills with our welcoming conversation clubs, which are currently running online. We also offer digital study materials and classic films to help you get used to the Australian accent.

2. Staying in charge in later life
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
Friday 14, 21 and 28 May from 10am to 12pm
Join Dr Annie Bolitho for rich conversations about death and dying. This is a relaxed, honest and safe space to talk about tough topics, your needs and how to stay in charge in later life. For more information, contact the Healthy Ageing team on 9658 9190 or email

3. Book clubs
Meeting online and in-person
Various times
Looking for a book club that will broaden your reading horizons? Join us to read and discuss engaging new fiction and non-fiction of all varieties. Browse the various groups and reading lists and email to join.

Discover all this and more at Libraries.