Readings Hawthorn

701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria, 3122— Manager: Desiree Boardman, 03 9819 1917,

Readings Hawthorn re-opens

Due to the relaxing of some COVID-19 restrictions, Readings Hawthorn is open to the public again.

We are focused on creating a safe environment for staff and customers. Customers are required to use the available hand sanitiser upon entry, practice social distancing of 1.5m, and to keep their visit to within 15 minutes.

We have a limit of only 30 customers inside our Hawthorn shop at a time, and if this limit is reached, we will kindly ask that you wait outside.

We are only accepting payment by card, and we will also have reduced trading hours.

If you know what you would like to purchase, we encourage you to phone ahead to place your order. You can also place an order online via our website.

Readings Hawthorn is a hub of community activity. The shop has been a major Melbourne author events destination since it moved from across the road to a larger space. Readings Hawthorn is home to several book groups.

At the rear of the shop lies the café, Supernova. This delicious and cosy café offers an all-day breakfast menu that focuses on modern fusion cooking. As well as great food, they also serve specialty coffee, including both house and seasonal roasts by Symmetry coffee roasters.


During trading hours, the front door is generally open and the shop is accessible for people whose mobility is impaired and wheelchair users. In rare cases, the front entrance may be closed due to bad weather. Clear signage can be found throughout the shop, but there are some areas where shelves and free-standing displays are spaced more closely together, which may make it difficult to move around comfortably. There are no steps within the shop.

There is a seating area located in-store, which provides a place for people to rest.

The café that adjoins Readings Hawthorn has a step at its front entrance, but it is possible for people in wheelchairs to access the café from a different entrance via the rear of the bookshop.

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.