Grab a free book this week only at the Aesop Queer Library

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Grab a free book this week only at the Aesop Queer Library

Aesop Queer Library
Photo: Aesop
words by kaya martin

As part of Melbourne’s pride month, Aesop has transformed its Collins Street location into a queer library in an effort to amplify LGBTQIA+ voices.

Each year, when pride month rolls around, it’s pretty common to see brands hop in the trend by putting up a rainbow sign or posting “yass queen” on social media. This is why when a big company puts a real effort into its pride campaign, it’s honestly quite refreshing. 

With Aesop’s Queer Library, it’s clear that the luxury cosmetics and skincare brand is putting real action behind its words of support. Taking place in Melbourne from February 2 to 8 and in Sydney from February 22 to March 1, the project is designed to help queer authors and poets share their stories.

The Aesop Queer Library

  • Aesop has turned its Collins Street branch into a free queer library
  • The store will be giving away books by LGBTQIA+ authors from February 2 to 8 as part of pride month and an ongoing global project
  • Founded in Melbourne, the brand is known for its forward-thinking practices and values

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

The library project, which Aesop has already run in cities like Los Angeles, Taiwan, and Toronto, is now taking place at Melbourne’s Collins Street location. Guests can stop by and pick up a complimentary copy of one of the 45 titles on offer, all made by LGBTQIA+ writers. No purchase is required – the books are simply free to those who want them.


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Aesop bought the books from queer, local and independent bookstores, including Hares & Hyenas in St Kilda and Penguin Random House. From fantasy to memoir, the collection covers a wide range of genres with something for every bookworm to enjoy.

There are a host of Australian publishings up for grabs, including Evelyn Araluen’s poetry collection, Dropbear, comedian Hannah Gadsby’s memoir, Ten Steps to Nanette, and Omar Sakr debut family epic, Son of Sin. 

Aesop’s Queer Library will run in Melbourne from February 2 to 8. To find out more and browse the full list of books on offer, head here