Borrowing

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, all library buildings and the Stonnington History Centre are closed to visitors.

Read about our available 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.

Returns

Our return chutes are open at all hours across our libraries. As our libraries begin returning to normal operations, we will re-introduce standard loan durations. This means any long-term loans need to be returned so they can be made available for others to borrow.

 

Charges

Effective 1July 2021

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: $18.30 per CD.

Miscellaneous Charges

  • A/V items requiring repackaging: $9.40 per item
  • Item barcode: $4.10
  • Membership card: $4.10
  • Cd Case: $4.10
  • Second-hand book sales: prices vary
  • Book strap: $4.10
  • USB Drive: $7.80
  • Headphones: $3.00
  • Charges do not apply for reservations.

Interlibrary Loans:

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

No more overdue charges

We no longer charge for overdue items at our libraries.

We know these charges can be frustrating and deter people from using our services. While you’ll need to return or renew any overdue items before borrowing new ones, you won't be fined. But, if you lose an item or it is more than 60 days overdue, replacement charges will apply.