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Become a Friend of the Library

The Friends of the Library have been the backbone of the Library's individual supporter network since 1965.

Our Friends visit the Library for a variety of reasons – to find out more about our collections, to further their work, pursue their studies or enjoy the Library's spaces and events.

All of our Friends are passionate about the Library and the contribution it makes to our society. In recognition of their support, Friends of the Library receive a range of exclusive benefits, tailored to increase enjoyment of the Library's spaces, collections, exhibitions and programs.

When you become a Friend of the Library, you receive the following benefits:

Access to the private Friends of the Library Lounge – a great place to work, meet friends and relax, and conveniently located off the La Trobe Reading Room. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, daily newspapers, access to computers and free wi-fi. 

Invitations to Friends-only events, including talks by Creative Fellows, exhibition tours with curators and viewings of collection highlights

Annual subscription to the La Trobe Journal and a Friends eNews

10% discount on full-priced books at Readings at the Library

10% discount on food and beverages at the Moat Bar and Restaurant

10% discount on hot beverages at the Library's two cafes, Mr Tulk and Guild

Discounted parking at QV Melbourne: evenings, weekends and public holidays

Reciprocal rights at the National Library of Australia and other state libraries

Membership pricing (inc GST)

 Individual membership
  • One year: $85
  • One year, regional*: $75
*Residents of an address more than 100km from Melbourne.

New membership program launching soon!

As part of the Library’s Vision 2020 transformation, we’re launching a new membership program in April 2020.

Our new program will offer membership options for students, families and culture lovers, with benefits tailored to fit what you want most from the Library.

If you purchase a new or renewed Friends of the Library membership before 31 March 2020, you’ll automatically be upgraded to the new Cultural membership at no extra cost.

If your Friends of the Library membership is due for renewal between 1 April and 30 June 2020, you’ll receive a special offer in February to upgrade to a new Cultural membership at your current membership price.

Keep an eye on this page in early 2020 to find out more about our membership program.

Become a Friend