Melbourne Art Library (MAL) aims to be Naarm-Melbourne’s leading centre 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.

You can help us achieve this vision, and support sustainable, accessible, and collaborative arts practice in Naarm-Melbourne. MAL gratefully welcomes donations from organisations and individuals - be that time, skills, funds, physical collection items, or advice. The generosity of our donors allows us to continue building our collection of texts and making them available to the widest public possible.Melbourne Art Library is a not-for-profit organisation and a Registered Charity. We are recognised as a 'Public Library', with Deductible Gift Recipient Endorsement. Donations above $2 are tax-deductible.

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As a volunteer-run not-for-profit, all funds directly contribute to expanding the collection and connecting with community.Monetary donations will help us in the following ways:
  • $5 contributes to ongoing operational costs
  • $25 covers processing supplies to add books to our shared shelves
  • $30 covers a month of electricity
  • $500 funds artist fees for creative collaboration
  • $750 offsets rent for our public reading room
  • $2000 funds the purchasing of key texts, focusing on those not held in other local collections
Major gifts will enable us to scale up our reading room, and to safeguard the preservation and growth of the collection into the future.  All donations above $2 are tax-deductible.


MAL is currently a volunteer-run organisation. We appreciate the many individuals who donate their time, skills, and ideas. We are not currently recruiting for volunteers, however do get in touch if you're particularly eager to join the team.

For Information Management students, we offer a practical and unique opportunity to expand your cataloguing and librarianship skills.

Our Donors

Thank you to our many anonymous organisational and individual donors, including publishers, galleries, and bookstores. We thank our 2023 donors Mohamed Abdelmonem, Clara Bradley, Julie Brophy, Gordon Carter, Jane Caught, David Copolov, Daniel Coulson, Liam Graham, Isobel Harvey, Hayley Haynes, Martin Kemka, Kate Knight, Adam Love,Rowan McNaught,Jenna Muir, Kitiya Palaskas, Hannah Perkins, Claire Roberts, Michael Robertson,Rob Sheehan, Timothy Sweeney, Jeremy Tai, Megan Tan, Simon Thomas and Emi Versteegen. 

Thank you to Art Monthly, Buxton Contemporary, Caliper Journal, Candice Bruce and Michael Whitworth, Debris Magazine, Divided Publishing, Dr Kim Siong LIM., Enjoy! Contemporary Art Space, Garland Magazine, Kally Kneale, Malcolm Enright, MARS Gallery, Nick Henderson, Rebecca Kilpatrick, RMIT Summer Art Intensive, Shane Hewitt, Sophia Cai, This is No Fantasy, Un Projects, UQ Art Museum, Warren Taylor and Juliana Engberg for significant donations of collection material.

Special thanks to the Besen Family Foundation for support of the Creative Residencies program, City of Melbourne for support of the Artists’ Syllabus and Distribution Forum programs, and Michael Robertson for sponsorship of the 2023 Artist’s Syllabus Collection.  

12pm-5pm, Thursday-Sunday

Melbourne Art Library, Naarm
Testing Grounds Emporium,
438 Queen St,
Naarm / Melbourne VIC 3000
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, and respect their enduring connection to country. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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