(books, artists' books, money, equipment, love, time)

Melbourne Art Library aims to be the leading centre for providing the art-curious and arts practitioners with an open, unique, curated collection of art texts; fostering the expression, discussion and appreciation of art and design in Melbourne. 


You can help us achieve this vision, support arts practice in Melbourne, and cement a culture of collaboration.


As a volunteer-run not-for-profit, all funds directly contribute to expanding the collection and connecting with community.

Further monetary donations will help us in the following ways:

  • $25 adds another book to our shared shelves

  • $500 will cover general and administrative costs 

  • $2000 will fund the purchasing of key texts, focusing on those not held in other local collections

  • Major gifts will enable us to operate a public reading room in the longer term, and scale up our public offering.

All donations above $2 are tax-deductible.


Melbourne Art Library is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 14 Oct 2020. MAL is covered by ​Items 1 & 4​ of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 .

Collection Donations

Please get in touch via email if you would like to discuss a donation or ongoing depository arrangements.



Melbourne Art Library gratefully welcomes donations from organisations and individuals. The generosity of our donors allows us to continue building our collection of texts and making them available to the widest public possible. 

Donations of materials also brings to light texts that otherwise may have missed our radar. Broadly, we collect texts encompassing art in all media, theory and criticism, with a focus on Australian, South-East Asian, and Pacific contexts. The collection also includes ephemera and documentation of artistic practice (exhibition fliers, catalogue essays, artists' publishing, and other published materials) related to Australian artists and visual art organisations, and theoretical and critical texts published for the international arts community.

Please read our Donation Policy prior to getting in contact. Donated material is assessed for acquisition in line with our Collection Development Policy.

Donors are acknowledged by name on custom bookplates attached to donated resources. These bookplates will be commissioned by a different local artist each year, providing an opportunity for artist engagement and a way of marking the collaborative growth of our collection over time. The 2020 bookplate designer is Esther Carlin