MCC Library

The MCC Library is one of the most comprehensive and interesting collections of sporting books in the world.

Founded in 1873, it is a major repository for information on sport and sports history, 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 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.

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 for MCC members and their guests 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).

The library is also available by appointment for use by researchers who are not MCC members: Please contact the library to arrange your visit.

The library is 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.

Contacts

Phone: (03) 9657 8876 or email library@mcc.org.au.
Social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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. These can be found on each event details page in the week of the event, here.  

Three times a year, the Library publishes The Yorker, a journal that features articles about sporting history and heritage plus contemporary book reviews. It may be purchased in the Library and also by subscription.