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.

June 2021 update

Currently closed amid the state’s recent COVID-19 outbreak, the MCC Library will reopen on Monday June 21.

Please note, the MCC Library is currently open by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.

Daily limits apply to ensure COVIDSafe protocols are adhered, and appointment bookings must be made at least one week in advance to use the MCC Library research facilities on non-event days.

To make a booking, email library@mcc.org.au or call 03 9657 8876 and your appointment will be confirmed by the Librarian, who will undertake a preliminary reference interview to establish how the MCC Library can assist.

In the first instance, visitors are encouraged to become a registered MCC Library catalogue user in order to browse the catalogue online and have the ability to reserve items prior to an appointment, especially those from storage. Please note some collection material may not be immediately available due to a cleaning process being undertaken as outlined in the MCC’s COVIDSafe plan.

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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 

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.

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.