Our Shops

Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with five shops operating in Melbourne. Our flagship Readings Carlton shop was established in 1969 and has since been joined by stores in Hawthorn, Malvern and St Kilda, as well as a boutique shop in Palmer Hall at the State Library of Victoria.

Each of our shops has their own individual character and strong ties to the local community. We carefully select our range to reflect the tastes of our local customers. We collectively employ over 120 staff and have approximately 150,000 books currently in stock across all five of our shops.


Carlton

309 Lygon St, Carlton
Ph: 03 9347 6633
Email: customerservice@readings.com.au

Our original shop in Lygon Street, Carlton was founded by Ross Reading, his partner Dot and Peter Reid. The store was partly funded out of Dot’s teaching wage and after a particularly busy day, the shelves were known to have occasionally been restocked from Ross and Dot’s own private bookshelves at home.

Readings Carlton has long been an iconic gathering place for writers, publishers, artists and intellectuals, including cartoonist Michael Leunig, writers Helen Garner, Monica Dux, Jeff Sparrow and Catherine Deveny as well as a veritable ‘who’s who’ of local novelists. It is well-known for being a hub of vibrant community events and author signings.


Hawthorn

701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
Ph: 03 9819 1917
Email: hawthorn@readings.com.au

Readings Hawthorn is a major Melbourne author events destination. With a warm, inviting space and a cafe attached, Hawthorn is a bookstore our customers love to spend time in.


St Kilda

112 Acland St, St Kilda
Ph: 03 9525 3852
Email: stkilda@readings.com.au

Our St Kilda shop on Acland Street also has iconic origins (it was formerly the independent bookshop Cosmos), as well as its own famous clientele, such as musicians Paul Kelly and Nick Cave. St Kilda keeps a rare and impressive range of books from independent publishers, featuring titles from Melville House, Dalkey Archive, New Directions, Twisted Spoon Press, Exact Change Publishing and the New York Review of Books, among many others.


Malvern

185 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
Ph: 03 9509 1952
Email: malvern@readings.com.au

Readings Malvern moved to its current site on Glenferrie Rd over ten years ago. Its loyal customer base is drawn from the local community, with many regular customers shopping there for years. Our Malvern shop has recently undergone renovations and is looking better than ever.


State Library

State Library Victoria, Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 8664 7540
Email: slv@readings.com.au

Readings at the State Library Victoria is the first permanent commercial bookshop permitted to be established in the building in the Library’s 150 year history. It is a unique space that caters to students, travellers and library-regulars.


Come and visit our stores and spend some time in a real, independent Australian bookshop.