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Southbank Library at Boyd


Southbank Library at Boyd
207 City Road, Southbank 3006

Melway reference: Map 1D, M6
Tram: 55


Ph: 9658 8300





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History and vision

City of Melbourne, with the support of the State Government’s Living Libraries grant, has transformed the former JH Boyd Girls High School (207-229 City Road, Southbank) into a vibrant new community hub for Southbank. Preserving the original heritage character of the building, the design has improved its sustainability and created new spaces to accommodate a range of community services and exciting new possibilities for the Southbank community.
At Boyd you will not only find Southbank Library, but also Artist studios, Maternal and Child Health Services, Meeting rooms, outdoor spaces, a café and more. The remainder of the Boyd site is being redeveloped in the coming year and will include a 2500 m2 urban park plus a residential and commercial building.

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Southbank Library at Boyd floor plan and collections

The Southbank Library at Boyd has a reader-friendly layout, similar to that of a book shop, making it much easier for you to find your next great read. Rather than being organised by Dewey, the non-fiction is arranged by a unique subject-based system with books clustered by popular topics such as Home and Lifestyle, Food and Drink, Arts and Culture and Travel.

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Reading circle

Southbank library will be hosting Melbourne Library Service’s first public reading circle. Beginning in August, a monthly informal session will be held on the first Tuesday of each month.

Unlike a traditional structured book club, where everyone reads the same book every month and gets together to discuss it, a reading circle is an opportunity to tell others what you have been reading and to get ideas about what to read next. Put simply, they are a place to talk about books: those you love, those you hate, and those you still haven't discovered!

When: First Tuesday of every month from 5:45 – 6:45pm, starting Tuesday 7 August
Where: Southbank Library at Boyd
Cost: Free
Bookings are essential: 9658 8300


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Children's activities

Preschool storytime

Come and share the wonder of books with us! Enjoy approximately 40 - 50 minutes of fun stories, songs, rhymes and activities with your three to five year olds.

Preschool Storytimes commence February and run until mid December.  

Sessions will not run on public holidays or during school holidays.  

When: Thursdays from 10.30am



Encourage your child to have a life-long love of books by coming along to Stompers, Melbourne Library Service’s new weekly program for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years.  Come along for a half-hour of stories, songs, rhymes, music and most of all, FUN!  

When: Tuesdays 10.30am 

Stompers runs from February to mid-December except during school holidays and public holidays. Sessions will not run on public holidays or during school holidays. 



Melbourne Library Service’s program for babies and toddlers up to eigtheen months old, and their parents and carers. 

Come along for songs, rhymes and stories to engage your budding bookworm’s mind and introduce them to the fun and rhythm of language.

When: Mondays 10.30am   

Sessions will not run on public holidays or during school holidays.

You can download the Songbird songs to practice at home.

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