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HOT: Little Free Libraries, Melbourne

Little Free Library is a global, grassroots movement of community-based book exchanges. People build miniature libraries (using recycled materials) and an honesty system allows people to borrow from the library and in turn donate their pre-loved books. They’re otherwise known as Street Libraries

Little Free Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading and help to build a sense of community. I love the feeling of discovery – suddenly stumbling across a Little Free Library where every book is a potential source of inspiration!

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via Melbourne Minor

Melbourne has many Little Free Library book exchanges. They spring up in front yards, on bike paths and at train stations. Here’s a list of where to find them and other book swaps. 

Little Free Libraries in MELBOURNE CBD

the little library melbourne central

  • Melbourne Central, Level 2 Cnr LaTrobe and Swanston Street, Melbourne
  • The Moat, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • Knowledge Market, 892 Victoria Street, Docklands

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Knowledge Market Docklands - 8

Little Free Libraries in Melbourne’s NORTH / NORTH-EAST

  • 10 Bowmore Ave, Park Orchards
  • 901 Main Road, Hurstbridge
  • South Crescent Westgarth
  • 159a Smith St Thornbury
  • Rossmoyne St, Thornbury
  • 62 Kendall St, Preston
  • 173 Edward St Brunswick
  • 28 Pearl St Northcote
  • Upfield bicycle path, Coburg
  • Dawson St Brunswick
  • cnr Aberdeen Rd and Birdwood Ave Macleod
  • Birdwood Ave Macleod
  • Inside Barkly Square shopping centre
  • Inside Diamond Village Shopping Centre, 78 Nepean St. Watsonia

Little Free Libraries in Melbourne’s SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park
  • Brighton Primary School
  • Balston Street Balaclava (says Carlisle St but actually around the corner on Balston St)
  • Garden City, Port Melbourne
  • Rosny St Port Melbourne
  • Cowderoy Park St Kilda East
  • Station Pier Port Melbourne
  • Murchison Street, Alma Road Community House
  • 87 Tennyson Street, Elwood
  • Milton Street, Elwood
  • George Walter’s Garden (corner of Crockford and Raglan Streets), Olive’s Corner, Station Pier, Cruikshank Street, 58A Albert St, Port Melbourne
  • Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda
  • Jacoby Reserve, St Kilda West

Little Free Libraries in Melbourne’s EAST

  • 13 Kent Street, Hawthorn
  • 2 Florence Street, Blackburn
little free library
via Melbourne Minor

Little Free Libraries in Melbourne’s WEST

This list has been partly compiled by Kel Devoil at Melbourne Minor, a parent and carer’s guide to art, culture and quirky in Melbourne. 

  • 41 Lynch St Footscray
  • 78 St Leonards Rd, Ascot Vale
  • 5 Hobbs St Seddon
  • Bellair St Seddon (opposite train station)
  • Hotham St Seddon
  • Seventh Ave Altona North
  • 117 Mason St, Newport
  • Somerville Rd Yarraville
  • Cnr Hansen Rd and Nesnah St West Footscray
  • Pin Oak Crescent Flemington
  • Kingsville St Kingsville
  • Goulburn St Yarraville
  • on the corner of Keilor Road and Bradshaw street, Essendon
  • 83 Elphin St Newport

Book Swap Bike - 2 (2)

Last but not least I run the Book Swap Bike, a community book swapping event where everything comes out of a cargo bike!

Let me know at joyce@tothotornot.com if there’s a Little Free Library near you that’s missing from the list.

Click here for my list of Melbourne’s best children’s bookstores and Melbourne’s best libraries.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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