Altona North and Brooklyn Street Libraries

Hobsons Bay City Council is launching a pilot Street Library project in Altona North and Brooklyn as part of Neighbour Day on 31 March 2019.

What is a street library?

Street libraries are boxes attached to your property that provide small free book exchanges for community to use. They are a great opportunity to share a love of books and reading with your friends and community, and are a unique and interesting addition to any neighbourhood. Street Libraries foster friendships and discussions, and most of all access to wonderful and diverse books for free. Check out this website if you want to buy or set up your own street library!

What is Neighbour Day?

Sunday 31 March 2019 is Neighbour Day. This is Australia’s annual celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood.

Neighbour Day is an opportunity for the neighbourhoods of Altona North and Brooklyn to connect with each other further. It has the potential to bring people together, share skills and foster a sense of community wellbeing and a sense of belonging, all which create community resilience.

The theme set by Relationships Australia for this year’s Neighbour Day is “Loneliness – what neighbours can do to create connections”. It aims to encourage all Australians to reach out to the vulnerable and lonely members of their community to create a connection.

Street Library participants will be outside their libraries on Neighbour Day (Sunday 31 March) to say hello between 10am and 10.45am, and you can find where to go on the Street Libraries Australia map (

Please visit your closest to take a book (and leave one if you like) and have a chat.

We look forward to meeting you!