The Caroline Chisholm Library

The Caroline Chisholm Library is a Catholic theological lending and reference library situated in central Melbourne (Level 3, 358 Lonsdale St - opposite St Francis Church). Opening Hours are 11am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

All members of the public are welcome to browse the library, use it for reference purposes or attend lectures. Persons interested in borrowing books can become library members (membership forms are avaliable at the Library).

The library catalogue is available online at the Library's website at

This blog will give details of events at the library, text of talks given at the library as well as reviews of books in the library collection.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Upcoming Talk - 9 March 2016: Making the most of Easter

"Making the Most of Easter'.

Do you want to prepare for, and celebrate, Easter even better?

To understand the Easter Liturgies more deeply?

Come to hear Brother James Baxter OP (Dominican deacon).

He will talk on the Easter Liturgies, their Symbols and Theology,

as a means for us to approach Easter prayerfully.   

Wednesday, 9 March 2016 at 6.30 pm
Level 3, 358 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

There will be light (more or less Lenten) refreshments.

RSVP & Inquiries : 0411 483 494

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Library Book Sale

This year the Caroline Chisholm Library is celebrating Spring with a Reading Carnival introduced by a massive Book Sale. 

A wide variety of books are available for sale at the Library during Library opening hours.

We have titles covering the Saints, Theology, Philosophy,Devotions, Fiction plus much more! Don’t miss out!
Now is your chance to stock up on some great books and perhaps a Christmas present or two?

Your Bequest; a Seed for the Future of the Library

Help the Caroline Chisholm Library flourish in the tough road ahead.

Have you considered leaving a financial legacy to the Caroline Chisholm Library? 

A bequest is a powerful way to secure the Library’s long-term future.

Many cultural organisations in Melbourne, like the Athanaeum Club and the Institute for Public Affairs, have benefitted from the generosity of members who have left legacies. These legacies have secured the long-term future of such organisations, especially when they have allowed them to purchase their own premises.

Ultimately, we too would like to purchase our own premises in the Melbourne CBD. This will free up rent money that we can use to develop the Library collection and to expand our range of culturalactivities.

Leaving a legacy is simple. All you need to do is make “The Caroline Chisholm Library Inc” a beneficiary of your will. Any amount, large or small, will help to secure the long-term future of the Library. (Note that we are no longer the Central Catholic Library, so that old name should not be used).

For more information please contact David Kennedy or Paul Nixon at the Library on 03 9670 1815.

Discussion Group Update

The Discussion group on Wednesdays is just starting a new topic on the Virtue of Faith. It will be based on that section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

All are made very welcome so drop in at 1pm every Wednesday for a conversation to remember!

Caroline Chisholm Library Playgroup Update

The Caroline Chisholm Library Playgroup welcomes families in the CBD of Melbourne and our members too.

We particularly welcome grandparents who come into the city and would like to bring their little pals with them for some play and story time.

We meet on Mondays during school term from 10am to 12pm.

Morning is tea provided.

Ring Pauline Kennedy on 0411 044 988 for more information.

Join us for the Spring Reading Carnival and make a bookmark to take home.