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

The Library will be closed from 24 December, reopening on Monday 8 January.


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

About Us

Our collection is both modern and classic.

We endeavour to provide current, up-to-date, diverse and popular publications in fiction and non-fiction.  The library also has a children’s and younger readers section. 

Fiction categories include mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, westerns, romances, general works and short stories.

Non-fiction categories cover autobiographies, biographies, gardening, craft, cooking/food, travel, architecture/art, religions, science, D.I.Y., Indigenous issues Australiana and many other topics.

Books may be requested for purchase by the library if deemed of interest to the general membership, and books can be reserved if already out on loan.

Our History

A mini history of the Athenaeum and of the Mechanics Institute movement.

The Mechanics’ Institute Movement began in 1799 when Dr. George Birkbeck conducted a series of free lectures for the working men of Glasgow. The term “mechanic” at that time meant artisan or working man.  The movement spread throughout Britain and its colonies including Canada, South Africa, India and Australia as well as the United States of America.

Maldon Girl Guides in front of the original Library circa 1930. This is the only surviving image of the original building.
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