Borrowing

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 30 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.

 

  

If you are unable to visit our libraries to borrow items, you may be eligible for our Home Library Service or Vulnerable Communities, Library Delivery Service. 

Home Library Service

Stonnington Libraries provides free deliveries of library materials to members of our community who are physically unable to visit our libraries.

We are able to provide a personalised home delivery service once every three weeks.

Our expert staff will consult with you about your choice of materials, to suit your individual reading, listening and viewing interests.

Phone: 8290 8011
Email: homelibrary@stonnington.vic.gov.au

Who can use our service?

  • Residents of the City of Stonnington who are unable to visit our libraries due to age, frailty or disability;
  • Residents of the City of Stonnington who are temporarily unable to visit our libraries due to illness or injury; 
  • Residents of aged care facilities or assisted living accommodation; 
  • Carers may also be eligible.

Borrowing

You may borrow items for a period of 3 weeks. All items may be renewed twice if they haven’t been reserved by others; this may be done online or by phoning the Home Library Service.

Items may also be reserved. For more information about accessing our collections, please speak to our staff.

Materials will be delivered to your home every 3 weeks. Any items for return will also be collected at this time.

Our resources

Our extensive collections include: 

  • Fiction and non-fiction books in large print and regular print format
  • Audio books, CDs and DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Books, CDs and DVDs in other languages, including Chinese, French, Greek, and Russian 
  • Downloadable audio books and music.

Becoming a volunteer

Become a Home Library Service volunteer and make an important contribution to our community.

We require volunteers to deliver library materials to aged care facilities located in the City of Stonnington.

Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support. Volunteers must hold a current driver licence and undergo a police check.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the Home Library Service.

Vulnerable Communities, Library Delivery Service

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If you're a vulnerable resident of Stonnington, you could have library items brought to you.

Vulnerable community members can be:

  • over 65 and with little support
  • living with disability or a caring for someone who is
  • a single parent family
  • having mental health issues
  • socially isolated because of living arrangements, or
  • in financial hardship.

If you're in one of these situations and want library items delivered, please complete the online registration form. Alternatively please call us to discuss your needs on 8290 8000.