Our Shops

Information about our Call & Collect service.

Starting Friday 6 August orders can be placed via phone for kerbside collection at the following stores between 10am and 4pm:

Our State Library and Doncaster shops will remain closed throughout the snap lockdown.

Please note we are currently unable to accomodate kerbside collection for orders placed online. We kindly ask you to directly call your local Readings to place all orders – we can arrange everything you need at greater speed, for your reading pleasure, using this system.

All orders that are placed online will continue to be shipped via Australia post, as normal. Additionally, as per lockdown restrictions, Call & Collect is only available only to customers who live within a 15km radius.

We recommend browsing our website to plan your purchase first – take a look at our most recent reviews and blog posts, or browse the most recent edition of the Readings Monthly here. Once you’ve made your selection, call your local shop to place and pay for your order, and to arrange kerbside pick-up. During this period, we will be unable to accommodate special orders and Call & Collect will only be available for books that are currently in-stock at one of our shops.

We kindly ask that you do not approach our on-site shop staff for in-person or ‘through-the-door’ recommendations, as this is not permitted during Melbourne’s circuit breaker restrictions. We also ask for your patience with us if our phones or staff are busy, or if an item you wanted is no longer available. We look forward to seeing you back in-store on the other side!

Our shops

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.


Woiworung Country, 309 Lygon St, Carlton 3053
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, 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.


Woiworung Country, Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster 3108
Ph: 03 9810 0891
Email: doncaster@readings.com.au

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.


Woiworung Country, 701 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn 3122
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.


Woiworung Country, 315 Lygon St, Carlton 3053
Ph: 03 9341 7730
Email: angela.crocombe@readings.com.au

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.

St Kilda

Boonwurrung Country, 112 Acland St, St Kilda 3182
Ph: 03 9525 3852
Email: stkilda@readings.com.au

Our St Kilda shop on Acland Street 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.


Boonwurrung Country, 185 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern 3144
Ph: 03 9509 1952
Email: malvern@readings.com.au

Readings Malvern has been operating at its location on Glenferrie Road for more than ten years. Its loyal customer base is drawn from the local community, with many regular customers counted among its visitors.

State Library

Woiworung Country, State Library Victoria, 285-321 Russell St, Melbourne 3000
Ph: 03 8664 7540
Email: slv@readings.com.au

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.