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ASV Library

ASV membership brings a wide range of benefits, and one of the most valuable resources available to members is the extensive ASV Library. Nestled within the historic confines of the Old Government Astronomer's Office at Melbourne Observatory, the library boasts an impressive collection of over 4000 books, magazines, star charts, and audio-visual resources that cover the vast realm of Astronomy and related subjects.

As a member, you have the privilege of borrowing up to four books or magazines and two DVDs per month, allowing you to delve into the fascinating world of astronomy at your own pace. In addition to the lending collection, the library houses a selection of treasured historic books and charts. Although these items cannot be borrowed, they serve as valuable references for those seeking to conduct research in the cozy reading area.

Our passionate volunteers are always eager to assist you in discovering the perfect materials to satisfy your astronomical curiosity. Whether you're seeking specific information, browsing for inspiration, or simply looking for engaging conversations with fellow stargazers, the library is a haven of knowledge and camaraderie.

Location & Opening Hours

The ASV Library is conveniently situated within Melbourne Observatory, occupying the northwestern corner of the main building. When the library is open on the last Sunday of the month, members can avail of parking in the car park adjacent to the Great Melbourne Telescope House. To access the library, enter through the Main Gate on Birdwood Ave and press the buzzer at the boom gate. Inform Reception that you are visiting the ASV Library. We kindly request that you observe the 8km/h speed limit within the car park and exit through the automatic gate on Dallas Brooks Drive.

You can visit the main library during various designated time slots, including:

  • Monthly Meeting nights, providing access from 6.45pm to 7.45pm and later, from around 10.15pm to 10.45pm.
  • Members' nights, where the library welcomes visitors from 7.00pm to 8:00pm.
  • The last Sunday of each month, offering extended hours from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

We encourage you to take full advantage of the ASV Library's remarkable resources and inviting atmosphere. It's a place where astronomical wonders and knowledge converge, providing a gateway to endless exploration and enlightenment.

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