The Australian Reading Hour

The Australian Reading Hour is an important annual campaign encouraging Australians of all ages to read for one hour.

In 2017 it took place on Thursday, 14 September. A huge week of events led up to the Australian Reading Hour. Senator Linda Reynolds and Graham Perret MP launched the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers at Parliament House on Tuesday evening, and Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, Mem Fox and Matt Stanton launched ARH at Parliament House on Wednesday morning. Take a look at the campaign overview.

The premise is simple – pick up a book at any time of the day or night and read for an hour.  Run by ALIA’s Australian Public Library Alliance between 2012-2016; 2017’s Australian Reading Hour was supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, and the Copyright Agency. 

More information on the website

ALIA acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for supporting this project.


Resources for libraries 2017 

The Reading Hour produces some great resources for libraries which are available to download. These include posters which can be displayed, and the logo which can be turned into booksmarks or stickers, badging the reading-related activities and promoting them.

Download a template news release for your local media here.

Download template copy for school and community newsletters here.

Download the logo here.

Fast Facts and FAQs:

Download our Australian Reading Hour Fast FactsFrequently Asked Questions  and Information Sheet to share and use in your communications.


In 2012, Australian libraries and library associations came together behind the National Year of Reading, linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country.
There were more than 4,000 events, $5.6 million in in-kind support, $26 million-worth of media coverage, much of it highlighting the fact that nearly half the population struggles without the literacy skills to meet the most basic demands of everyday life and work. There are 46% of Australians who can't read newspapers; follow a recipe; make sense of timetables, or understand the instructions on a medicine bottle. 
Following on from the success of the campaign, the 15 founder partners decided to carry forward the Love2read brand into 2013, making the most of the momentum that had been created during the National Year of Reading.