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About Melbourne Library Service

Our Vision

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

The City of Melbourne established the Melbourne Library Service to better serve the communities that live, work and study in Australia's fastest growing capital city.

To assist the library service, a ten year strategic plan has been adopted by Council. The Melbourne Library Service Strategic Plan 2008 -2018  is the roadmap for the future of library services in the city. The library provides many of its services and programs through three full service libraries, an access point and our virtual library service.

Download the Melbourne Library Service Strategic Plan 2008 -2018 (PDF, 438kb)This link opens in a new browser window 

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City Library 


Victoria's busiest public lending library opened in 2004 and continues to grow in popularity.

Located in the bustling Degraves precinct and co-located with the CAE, City Library has become a major destination and meeting place for CBD residents, workers, students and visitors.

The library offers an amazing range of collections, resources, programs and facilities that cater for the diverse communities in the City.

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East Melbourne Library and Community Centre 


Australia's most ecologically sustainable public library is located in leafy East Melbourne.

Stylish and inviting with indoor chic and an outdoor sanctuary, the library provides a range of services including free Internet and wireless broadband access, DVDs, CDs and collections for adults, teenagers and children.

East Melbourne Library is the home of Council's Environmental Resource Collection and runs a range of environmental programs in partnership with City of Melbourne's Sustainability services.

Find out more about the fabulous environmental design and technology used at East Melbourne Library or view the East Melbourne Library 3D flythrough animation.

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North Melbourne Library


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 been providing a free public lending service for the City of Melbourne.

Now a progressive and vibrant neighbourhood library, it boasts free Internet and wireless broadband access, DVDs, CDs and supports the leisure and learning needs of its community.

This popular neighbourhood library is located next to North Melbourne Town Hall Arts House, behind a Victorian façade.

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Southbank Library at Boyd


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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Library at The Dock

The Library at The Dock is a community hub enabling people to come together to create, explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. This library offers collection to suit the needs of the local community, workers and visitors to Docklands.

In addition to the traditional library collection, there is a recording studio, creative editing suites, community spaces and a performance venue to hold up to 120 people. 

A gallery and exhibition space celebrates Docklands' rich heritage.

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Virtual Library Service


No less a branch than the four physical library buildings, the Virtual Library Service is a 24/7 link to your library.

You can:



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