Readings Carlton

309 Lygon St, Carlton, Victoria, 3053— Manager: Louise Ryan, 03 9347 6633,

Covid-19 Update

With the global health crisis ongoing, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and customers. Here are the conditions of entry for our shops:

  • Keep your visit to within 15 minutes.
  • Maintain physical distancing and stay 1.5m from others.
  • Do not enter if unwell.
  • Use hand sanitiser on entry.
  • Limit contact with surfaces & products.
  • Follow directions to queue outside if required.
  • Treat staff and other customers with respect.
  • Payment by card required.

In addition to the above, each of our shops will have customer limits in place. The limit for our Carlton shop is 75 customers. If we reach that limit, staff will respectfully ask that you wait outside.

About Readings Carlton

Readings Carlton is a Melbourne icon, and has long been a gathering point for the Australian literary scene. It began life as a tiny stand-alone shop in 1969. The growing business moved to larger premises on 388 Lygon Street in 1982, making its final move to 309 Lygon Street, where it stands today, in 1998.

In June 2018, the shop underwent a renovation, and reopened in July 2018. The beautiful new space was designed by Nest Architects, who also designed our award winning Doncaster and Kids shops. The design made the shop more accessible, opening up a lot more room for browsing, and gave the shop a much-needed update of new shelving and a stunning new counter.

We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service. Experts in music, film, books and kids’ books are always available to answer your queries and handle special orders. Readings Carlton was awarded Independent Bookseller of the Year in 1998, 2001 and 2009.


During trading hours, the front door is always open and the shop is accessible for people whose mobility is impaired and wheelchair users. Clear signage can be found throughout the shop, and there is enough space for a wheelchair to be manoeuvred the length of the store.

There are several seating areas throughout the shop floor, which provides places for people to rest.

If you have any difficulties moving around the shop, encounter hard-to-reach titles, or require a pen and paper to communicate, staff members are always on hand to help.

If you have any specific questions regarding accessibility, please contact the shop directly.