Best Places to Read & Study in Melbourne’s North

Is that new book still sitting unread on your bookshelf? Are you sick of staring at the same wall while trying to learn the next chapter for course content?

No need to worry! We’ve been out and about in the north, scouting the best places to read and study in Melbourne. We’ve discovered some awesome libraries, outdoor spaces and great little cafes with free Wi-Fi.

1. Eltham Library

Nestled amongst gum trees and native parklands, and only a short walk from local cafes and Eltham Village, Eltham Library [Panther Place, Eltham] is an active community hub. Award-winning architect Greg Burgess designed the heritage-listed library with home in mind. The library is accessible and has a community art space and reading lounge with a fireplace so you can study or read to your heart’s content.

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2. Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Take a step back in time and wander the historic hallways and gardens of Bundoora Homestead Art Centre [7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora]. With free admission, take a stroll through the garden before discovering the contemporary art gallery and checking out the latest exhibition. After all your exploration is done, find a spot in the cafe or around the picturesque homestead and let your imagination run wild in your favourite novel. 

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Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Bundoora

3. Nook Bicentennial Park

Set yourself up alongside Jacksons Creek with a picnic blanket and your favourite collection of books — or maybe even a pen and paper — and enjoy the tranquil sound of the nearby babbling brook. Nook Bicentennial Park [Vaughan Street, Sunbury] has been redeveloped in recent years with new facilities including a new shelter which features picnic tables, seating and drink fountains.

4. Mill Park Library

Mill Park Library [394 Plenty Road, Mill Park ] was the first library in the state to be designed around the key concept of incorporating new digital technology and traditional print. This modern building features a local history and Genealogy room, computers and even free Wi-Fi. The study facilities are filled with plenty of warm sunlight, so you’ll feel inspired to think innovatively. 

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Mill Park Library, Mill Park

5. Jack Roper Reserve

Wander through the leafy pathways, before finding yourself a shady tree or park bench and relishing the beautiful view of Merlynston Creek. Jack Roper Reserve [217 Camp Road, Broadmeadows] is an ideal spot to pick up that new book that you bought months ago and catch up on some relaxation. Enjoy the fresh air and be taken away by new characters. 

6. True North

Do you ever find yourself getting the munchies while you’re smashing out an assignment but, to your disappointment, there is never any good food in the fridge? Head down to True North [2A Munro Street, Coburg] and set yourself up, tap into the free Wi-Fi and feast on the tasty American/Mexican menu while smashing out those assignments. 

7. The Dark Horse

Escape the hustle and bustle with a simple hop, skip and a jump out of Melbourne. The Dark Horse [765 Eltham to Yarra-Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground] is set amongst the picturesque countryside. Enjoy the humble and delicious menu from the cafe, which includes cakes just like your nana used to make them. With free Wi-Fi available, this country cafe is the perfect spot to work outside of the office. 

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The Dark Horse Cafe, Kangaroo Ground​

8. Carolina

It’s not uncommon to find regular customers sipping on their morning latte and reading the morning paper or collating their current projects on their laptops at Carolina [11 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East]. Set up in an old shoe store, this historic building is filled with charm. Set yourself up in one of two beautiful spaces — the old workshop or the beautiful and lush courtyard — and catch up on some work with free Wi-Fi access.

9. The Age Library

Take a step into the future! Found in the Hume Global Learning Centre, The Age Library [1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows] is a sanctuary of knowledge and innovation. Located opposite the Broadmeadows train station, this library is a place that brings communities together with a range of bilingual language classes available for all ages. 

10. Penny Farthing Espresso

Regarded as one of Melbourne's most highly considered coffee connoisseurs, Penny Farthing Espresso [206 High Street, Northcote] prides itself on using high quality, ethically sourced coffee beans. So if you consider yourself one of Melbourne’s quality coffee addicts, we suggest popping in and utilising the free Wi-Fi to help get into the groove and get some much needed work done.

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Penny Farthing Espresso, Northcote

11. The Glass Den

Located within the old gatehouse of Pentridge Prison, The Glass DenThe Glass Den [15 Urquhart Street, Coburg] is a local favourite. The space has been transformed into a modern and contemporary cafe filled with natural light, making it an ideal setting for some light reading or a bit of afterschool study. The free Wi-Fi on offer is great too, as every dish on the menu is Instagram worthy so you’ll be able to share your study snacks with all your friends straight away! 

12. All Nations Park

Craving some fresh air? Sick of being cooped up inside? Head down to All Nations Park [Separation Street, Northcote] with your current project, or your favourite book, and set yourself up for the afternoon on a picnic table. Let the hours go by as you make some great progress on your study, all while getting some much needed fresh air. 

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All Nations Park, Northcote

13. Coburg Lake Reserve

What could be more relaxing than reading underneath a gorgeous willow tree, as it sways in the gentle breeze, and spotting ducks waddle by before they jump into a nearby lake. Sounds like a scene from your favourite rom-com movie, right? Well, Coburg Lake Reserve [2A Gaffney Street, Coburg North] could be the perfect setting for your next relaxing date. Pack a delicious picnic and read together all afternoon.

14. Preston Library

Just a short stroll from High Street, Preston Library [266 Gower Street, Preston] is a cultural hub where makers and creators come together to collaborate and share ideas. The library hosts regular craft evenings and also has a chess club! Wander around the corner and listen to noteworthy local authors, you never know what you’ll find.

15. Diamond Street Reserve

The leafy township of Diamond Creek is home to Diamond Street Reserve [31 Watkins Street, Diamond Creek]. Take a stroll through the reserve before taking a walk along the Diamond Creek Trail which follows the pristine Diamond Creek. This iconic Australian bush landscape is the perfect setting to clear your mind and to read your favourite novel amongst the wildlife.