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.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Come and See Your Library Refreshed!

The library is a community of communities, and there is a spring flourishing of things new and old. The library is looking brighter, cleaner, younger and colourful. 

Newest is the Caroline Chisholm Playgroup, where parents and young children from the city meet and play in the library, an early introduction to the world of culture and learning. 

This is an initiative of Pauline Kennedy, who with her husband David and others has trans- formed our meeting room on Monday mornings into a magical land with colour, cushions, books and toys, and a place for friendship and support of families who may otherwise be iso- lated in inner city living. The Committee intends to build up a collection of good books for children.

Also new is the lighter and cleaner area for the kitchen and lunch, the work largely of David Kennedy.

Anna Krohn and many new and old volunteers continue to keep the library open during the week, on the desk, cataloguing, doing the books and correspondence. They have embarked on a major project of ring- ing our lapsed subscribers, to renew contact, to ask for overdue books to be renewed or returned, and to alert people to due subscriptions.

The 350 Foundation is to be named and launched as the Friends of the Library. You are our Friends indeed! There will be an event to celebrate and launch the Friends in early 2015.

The Icon School of S. Luke (Thursdays, 10 am), The Discussion Group (Wednesdays, 1 pm) and the Catholic Book Club (Last Friday, 7 pm) con- tinue to meet and to flourish. Communione e Liberazione and other groups are also meeting at the library. (Further details in this Newsletter or on our blog page) We welcome your interest and need your presence and support, in the different ways you are able. Please come to our An- nual General Meeting on 13 December 2014 at 10.30 a.m.

Anthony Krohn 

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