In celebration of #NVW24 aka National Volunteer Week, I had a library tour of City of Melbourne Libraries, Naarm Ngarrgu Library.

A library that is walking distance away from Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market.

I thank the welcoming librarians for sharing their library knowledge and facts with me.

A must see before you enter the library is the library easel board. One side of the library easel board promotes the bilingual book collection with koalas reading together (see image 2). The reverse side features a wombat reading with a Narrm Ngarrgu Library welcome all above the wombat.

The library:

  • The collection has 30,000 books. 22,00 for adults and 8,000 for children.
  • A bilingual book collection with; Korean, Japanese, Chinese and other languages items.
  • A 3 story building at 3,100 square feet
  • A rooftop garden with native plants and giant eal trap (see image 3)
  • Art collection featuring 80 heritage paintings. Aboriginal artist Maree Clark designed a carpet with the Kulin Nation’s seven seasons represented via plants and animals in the Children’s Library. Maree  also designed the mirrored glass forrest passagway in the Children’s Library.
  • Podcast and audio recording spaces
  • Makerspace with a 3D printer
  • Marvelous city views

For more Naarm Ngarrgu #librarytourism photo explore ALIASNGG Instagram page.

Location of the library:

141 Therry Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Photo credit by Rhodora Spring.


Book bag from Narrm Ngarrgu Library. Features First Nations artwork.
Naarm Ngarrgu library easel board. Features two koalas reading a book together.
Eal trap on rooftop of Naarm Ngarrgu Library.
Narrm Ngarrgu Library


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