Our Shops

Information about the conditions of entry to our shops:

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:

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

We thank everyone in advance for their patience during this time. We know that things can get frustrating and difficult as we all navigate this health crisis, and we hope that we can all practice kindness and respect for one another during this time.

And don’t forget – if you would prefer to stay at home, our online shop offer $7.20 flat rate delivery Australia-wide and free delivery on orders $120 or over.

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, St Kilda and Emporium, 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.


Woiworung Country, Emporium Melbourne, Shop Shop 1-016/287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: 03 9810 0850
Email: emporium@readings.com.au

Designed by the talented team at Kerstin Thompson Architects, our Emporium shop is a beautiful light-filled space over looking Little Bourke St, complete with beautiful heritage windows and plenty of seating to contemplate and read. You’ll find the shop on level one near the footbridge to Myer.

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