About the Library

The City of Stonnington delivers library services at four venues:

Join at any of our libraries or website to access our services, resources and programs. Your library card gives you access to all our library services and resources.


Loans, Renewals and Reservations

All items can be borrowed free of charge. Search our catalogue to discover our extensive collections. 

You may borrow up to 50 items for a period of 3 weeks. Items in high demand have 2 week loans. All items may be renewed twice if they haven’t been reserved by others; this may be done online, in person or by phone. 

Items can be renewed online if they are less than 7 days overdue. To renew items that are more than 7 days overdue, please telephone or visit a library.

You may reserve up to 20 items on your card at any one time and will be notified when they become available.

Provide us with your email address to receive email reminders before your items are due.


Items may be returned to any of our Libraries, and via the after hours return chutes. Overdue items incur charges

Overdue charges are incurred if items are lost, damaged, not returned or not renewed by the due date.


Efffective 1 July 2015

Overdue charges (no concessions apply):

  • Adult items: 25 cents per item per day
  • Young adult / junior items: 10 cents per item per day.

Lost / Damaged / Replacement charges:

  • Books: Cost of item + $11.00 processing fee
  • Audiovisual items: Cost of item + $11.00 processing fee
  • Magazine: Cost of item + $3.20 processing fee
  • Replacement Single Item - Audio Book CD: $16.20 per CD.

Miscellaneous Charges

  • A/V items requiring repackaging: $8.20 per item
  • Item barcode: $3.70
  • Membership card: $3.70
  • Second-hand book sales: prices vary
  • Book strap: $3.70
  • Library Bags: $8.00
  • USB 4GB: $7.80
  • Headphones: $3.00
  • Charges do not apply for reservations and inter-library loans.

Library Collection Development Policy

The Collection Development Policy communicates to the residents of Stonnington, Council, Council Officers, Library Staff and commercial providers the principles that determine the development of the collections. 

View or Download:  > pdf format Library Collection Development Policy (111.11 KB)

Print, Copy and & Scan Services

Self service printing, copying and scanning is available at all branches.

 Black and white:

  • A4: 20 cents per page
  • A3: 40 cents per page


  • A4: $1 per page
  • A3: $2 cents per page


  • No charge




Services, Programs and Resources

Wifi and Public Computer Access

All libraries have free WiFi and PC access. Public computer and internet users must abide by our Public Computer and Internet Conditions of Use policy

Interactive gaming consoles (Wii and Xbox 360) are available at Prahran Library. There are more than 50 console games available for play!

Programs and Events

We have programs and activities for adults, youth and children.

Visit our Library Events page to download the Library News and find out more details on our events. Some programs and activities may incur either a nominal charge or a charge on a cost-recovery basis. Prices quoted include GST where applicable.

Home Library Service

If you know of someone who is unable to visit the library due to age, frailty or disability, a home library service is available. Our expert staff will consult about their choice of library items for home delivery.


The libraries have ramp entry, lifts, hearing loops, Recharge points, large print books, audio books, English literacy books from beginners to advanced, reading aids such as magnifying glasses and some adaptive technology.

Library meeting rooms

Meeting rooms are available for hire by the public at Malvern, Phoenix Park and Toorak Libraries.

For more information please phone (03) 8290 8002 or View or Download : Library Meeting Rooms brochure

  • Commercial Organisations : $31.00 per hour or part thereof
  • Non-profit Organisations and Community Groups: $15.60 per hour or part thereof
  • Public Liability Insurance: $11.00 per reservation

Family & local history resources

View a listing of available resources for family and local history research