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 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 on-site and offsite benefits, tailored to increase their 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 Foundation 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. Call us on 03 8664 7280 if you would like to have a guide on your first visit.

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 Café

10% discount on hot beverages at Mr Tulk cafe

Parking discounted to $6 at QV: evenings, weekends and public holidays

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

Membership online (incl GST)
Individual: $85 (one year)
Couple: $100 (one year)
Two years – Individual: $165; Couple: $190
One-year regional membership (more than 100km from Melbourne) – Individual: $75; Couple: $90

Bookplate donors

When you join the Friends of the Library, you may choose to make a tax-deductible donation through the Library's bookplate program. We will recognise your generosity with a personalised bookplate, placed in books specially selected from the Library's recent acquisitions. This creates a permanent record of your support, or a tribute to a friend or family member.

Our bookplate donor levels are named after renowned bird illustrators whose valuable works are held in the Library:

  • $175 – John William Lewin (1770–1819)
  • $500 – John James Audubon (1785–51)
  • $1000 – John Gould (1804–81)

Become a Friend of the Library today and show your support for an iconic cultural landmark and one of Melbourne's most loved institutions.

Become a Friend