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

We’ve begun building our collection, but we need community support to help grow! All funds directly contribute to expanding the collection, opening the public library, and connecting with community.

So far, donations have enabled us to secure a permanent space, begin preparing and circulating the collection, purchase cataloguing software to maintain the collection at industry standards,

and to commission a local artist to design our inaugural bookmark. 

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


We have been inundated with donated materials, and have a large backlog to be catalogued. We will be unable to physically house large donations until January 2021, but don't let that stop you from getting in contact. 

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


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we live, dream, and create. We respect their ongoing connection to country.