Our buildings remain closed, but other services are now available

We’re gradually easing out of restrictions, and our buildings remain closed. We are offering reduced services, including a Click and Collect service, from Malvern, Phoenix Park and Toorak/South Yarra Libraries. Read more about these services.

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.



Effective 1 July 2020

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 + $12.60 processing fee
  • Audiovisual items: Cost of item + $12.60 processing fee
  • Magazine: Cost of item + $3.70 processing fee
  • Replacement Single Item - Audio Book CD: $18.75 per CD.

Miscellaneous Charges

  • A/V items requiring repackaging: $9.40 per item
  • Item barcode: $4.20
  • Membership card: $4.20
  • Cd Case: $4.20
  • Second-hand book sales: prices vary
  • Book strap: $4.20
  • USB Drive: $7.80
  • Headphones: $3.00
  • Activities: $10
  • Charges do not apply for reservations.

Interlibrary Loans:

  • From another public library: $5.00
  • From a State, Academic or Special Library: $16.50