Readings State Library
Readings shops are closed until further notice
We are sad to announce that our shops are closed due to the ongoing public health crisis. We will reopen when things return to some sort of normal.
While health authorities permit we will continue to take and fulfil online orders.
Our booksellers will also be available to answer queries and take orders over the phone via our Carlton number, 03 9347 6633.
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, book lovers, CBD workers and library regulars.
As part of the State Library Victoria’s Vision 2020 redevelopment project, our shop was relocated to a welcoming new space beautifully designed by Australasian design firm Architectus with Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. Situated at the library’s Russell St entrance, Readings State Library offers a large and diverse selection of titles to browse and features a wide range of stationery.
Book Clubs at Readings State Library
Please note: Our book clubs at all our shops are currently suspended. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will update this page once they resume.
Readings State Library runs four book clubs: the Readings State Library Fiction Book Club, the Readings State Library Underrated Book Club, the Readings State Library Nonfiction Book Club, and the Readings State Library Queer Book Club. Find more information here.
Readings State Library is now located at the Russell Street entrance for the State Library Victoria. While this entrance has stairs, an accessible entrance to the library and the Readings shop can be found on La Trobe Street.
During trading hours, the shop is accessible for people whose mobility is impaired and wheelchair users. Clear signage can be found throughout the shop and there is plenty of space inside for browsing the shelves. There are no steps within the shop.
There are some couches located in-store, which provides places for people to rest. You can find additional information about accessibility at the State Library Victoria here.
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.