MAL is currently in development. We are working on a series of online activations and will be hosting a series of community events post-lockdown to collaboratively build our library.

We intend to open a physical site in 2021. Once open, MAL will provide an accessible reading room for the perusal and borrowing of books.

With our city in lockdown, the need for collaboration is now more apparent than ever. We’ve begun building our collection, but we need community input to help us grow! Your support will help the creation of richer, more experimental, and sustainable arts practice in Melbourne.


Read more about our vision and donate now via The Australian Cultural Fund. 

Get in contact if you have any thoughts, wisdom, or advice on how we can together built an alternative library.

You can follow our progress and be part of the conversation by following our Instagram and subscribing to our mailing list.

Melbourne Art Library is a not-for-profit library providing an accessible and specialised collection of art and design books, serials, zines and other publications for the local arts community. It aims to connect emerging practitioners, the art-curious, and established researchers and arts professionals with hard to access resources. As an alternative to traditional research libraries, MAL has an open-door policy, encouraging collaboration, exploration, and tangential research.

MAL is established on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations in Naarm, Melbourne. 

(philosophy, team, goals, history, context, dreams, "why?")

(current resources, suggest titles, wish list)

(books, zines, journals, artists books, money, equipment, love, time)

(contact us, subscribe, instagram)

(online resources, + libraries, publishers, booksellers we love)

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we live, dream, and create.