Readings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with seven shops operating in Melbourne. Our flagship Readings Carlton shop was established in 1969 and has since been joined by stores in Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern and St Kilda, as well as a boutique shop at the State Library Victoria and a speciality children’s and young adult shop also in Carlton.
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 seven of our shops.
309 Lygon St, Carlton
Ph: 03 9347 6633
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.
Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster
Ph: 03 9810 0891
Designed by the amazing team at Nest Architects, our shop in Westfield Doncaster is a beautiful open space, complete with archways and a sound-proofed reading nook. You’ll find the shop at Ground Level right next to David Jones.
Readings Doncaster runs two book clubs each year. The Readings Doncaster Book Club for adults meets monthly to discuss a selection of fiction and memoir, all hand-picked by our experienced staff. The Readings Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club for kids aged 10–13 is run fortnightly by experienced kid’s specialist staff. The Middle Fiction Book Club’s next pick is The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
More information about the Doncaster book clubs can be found here.
701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
Ph: 03 9819 1917
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.
315 Lygon St, Carlton
Ph: 03 9341 7730
Readings Kids is a speciality children’s and young adult bookshop that is home to books, music, games and more for kids and teens, and welcomes families and people of all ages who enjoy children’s and young adult literature.
112 Acland St, St Kilda
Ph: 03 9525 3852 (Please note that our St Kilda shop’s phone number is currently inactive. Please email the store to get in touch)
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.
185 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
Ph: 03 9509 1952
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.
State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne
Ph: 03 8664 7540
Readings State Library 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.