Jul 23, 2009
The Sam Merrifield Library has a collection of material that is fragile and of historic importance to the local area. At the moment we are scanning some images to make the items more accessible to the public. A collection of circulating books from the 1930's-1950's is part of this collection. Circulating libraries were a part of Melbourne life, the earliest being the Melbourne Athenauem in Collins Street founded in 1839 and still going strong today. At a more local level Eric Stinton established a subscription library to his newsagency in 1928, known as Stintons Hygienic Book Club in Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds. For more information on the history of circulating libraries in Melbourne go to The Latrobe Journal and the article 'Choose your author as you would choose a fri end' : circulating libraries in Melbourne, 1930-1960.