Welcome to the Maldon Athenaeum, your local community Library

We are a small independent country library run by volunteers and dedicated to providing local residents with a friendly and comprehensive library service. 

97 High Street Maldon 3463
Dja Dja Wurrung Country 

The Library has Disability Access.

Maldon Athenaeum Library


The Maldon Athenaeum library is an independent community managed library run entirely by local volunteers. The volunteers are vital to the continued success of the library, please come and join us if you would like to help with this great community service.


Become a member and enjoy our unique collection of books. Drop in during our opening hours and one of our volunteers will assist you. Membership is $30 per year. Free membership for those 16 years and under.

Opening Hours

Monday: 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday: 2pm to 4pm
Friday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 12:00 noon

Closed on public holidays.

About Us

The Maldon Athenaeum Library is located at No. 97 High Street, next to the Post Office, and across the street from the historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church. It is close to shops, cafés and tourist information.

We are a volunteer organisation founded on the principles of the Mechanics’ Institute Movement and dedicated to providing local residents with a friendly, knowledgeable and comprehensive library service.

Funding is maintained through members’ annual subscriptions, grants, community donations and fund-raising events.

We host events such as play readings, book launches, author talks, book groups, and Saturday morning Scrabble games.

Our Committee of Management, made up of volunteers, meets regularly to oversee the effective running of the library and events.


Our Collection

The library has an extensive collection of approximately 20,000 books, both fiction and non-fiction, including many by local authors. We also have books for children and young readers.

Our diverse and extensive adult fiction collection has both recently published and enduring novels including science fiction and short stories as well as a large collection of crime novels. We have nearly 1000 large print books.

Our adult non-fiction collection includes local history, Australian and world history, gardening, cooking, travel, craft, art, politics and social science. We have a large collection of biographies and memoirs as well as a growing collection of books related to environmental sustainability. We are also building our collection of books by Indigenous authors and books related to our shared history.

We regularly purchase new and requested titles and accept selected book donations.

Members and visitors are welcome to browse and enjoy the quiet charm and warm ambience of this nostalgic ‘Old World’ library.

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