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MCC Library

MCC LibraryThe MCC Library on Level 3 of the Members Reserve is one of the most comprehensive and interesting collections of sporting books in the world.

The Library's mission is to act as a major national and international repository for information on sport and sports history.

The Melbourne Cricket Club Library was founded in 1873 and forms a cornerstone of the club’s commitment to heritage.

The Library is a facility for reference and research.  Click here to read more about the Library's history.

While primarily a library for MCC members, it has a public responsibility to sustain and expand equitable access to its resources for a wide range of users.

On non-match days it is open to the public by appointment. On match days it is open for the use of MCC members, their guests and the media.

Collection and Catalogue

Covering the sports played by the MCC and at the MCG, the collection’s strengths are cricket, Australian football and the Olympic Games, with substantial holdings in a number of other sports.

The primary collecting focus is on historical and biographical works. As a reference library it does not lend collection items.

Click here to view the Library catalogue

Register to request items in advance of your visit.

Basic user guide

Advanced search user guide 

Opening Hours

The MCC Library is open as follows:

•    For MCC members and their guests:
Normally from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, and also on match days, from the opening of Gate 2 until the end of tea/dinner (cricket) or halftime (AFL).

•    For researchers who are not MCC members:
By appointment. The normal times of access are from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday (note that on week match days we close two hours prior to the opening of the Members Gate). Please contact the Library to arrange your visit.

•    For the general public:
The MCC Library is usually included as a point of interest on the MCG Tour. Additional specialised tours to the Library may be offered in conjunction with particular events or exhibitions, and will be announced on this website.

Contacts
Location:  Level 3, Members Reserve, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, 3002
Phone:    (03) 9657 8876 (Reference desk)   
Mail:      PO Box 175, East Melbourne, 8002
Email:    library@mcc.org.au

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Look for our username @melbcclibrary and tag us with #melbcclibrary

Research Services

The MCC Librarian is ably assisted by a team of professional staff. Specialist volunteers assist with research projects and information provision.

Find out more about the Library's research services including requesting collection access.

Public Events

The Library holds regular events for members and the general public, including book launches and signings, seminars and exhibition talks. Event details can be found here.

Publications

The staff and volunteers produce fact sheets for each event at the MCG. You can view the Match Day Fact Sheets produced by the Library here.

Three times a year, the Library publishes The Yorker, a journal that features articles about sporting history and heritage plus contemporary book reviews.

The Yorker won Communication Awards from the International Sports Heritage Association in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The journal may be purchased in the Library and also by subscription.

Find out more here.

Exhibitions

The Library team presents topical exhibitions and displays that draw on the collections of both the Library and the MCC Archives.