The 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.
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.
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The Library was founded in 1873 and today forms a cornerstone of the club’s commitment to heritage.
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The Library is a facility for reference and research. It does not lend its holdings.
While primarily for MCC members, on non-match days it is open to the public by appointment. On match days it is open for MCC members, their guests and the media to use.
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The collection has particular strengths in cricket, Australian Rules football and Olympic Games. There are substantial holdings in a number of other sports.
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
The Library team presents topical exhibitions and displays that draw on the collections of both the Library and the MCC Archives.
Current exhibitions during winter 2013 include:
- “Making their Mark: The MCG’s Record Holders”, March – September 2013.
It’s now the 30th anniversary of Kevin Bartlett playing 200 VFL games at the MCG. Celebrate this and other outstanding achievements by Australian Football players, umpires and coaches! Find out more.
Past exhibitions include:
- “The Crooked Staffe: Four Centuries of Cricket in Print", 2010 – 2011. This exhibition celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of the oldest book in the Library, Randle Cotgrave’s ”Dictionarie of the French and English tongues”, published in London in 1611. Find out more.
- "Welcome Sri Lanka”, Summer 2012/13. This exhibition explored Australia-Sri Lanka cricket since their first encounter in 1884. Find out more.
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 and 2012. The journal can be purchased in the Library, in the MCG Superstore, and also by subscription. Find out more