Joining the library is easy and as a member, you can access services and collections from all our four libraries, History Centre and Home Library Service.

Our libraries offer spaces to read, learn, connect, create and relax in.

Join at any of the four libraries or onlineTo join, you’ll need proof of your name and current Victorian address. There is no minimum joining age but if you’re under 18 you’ll need a parent or guardian’s signature. If joining online, we will post your membership card and it may take up to 7 working days to arrive.

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Borrow, Renew, Reserve and Return


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. 

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


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.

From 1 August 2023, your loans will be automatically renewed every three weeks up to two times. 

Items will not be automatically renewed if they: 

  • ⁠have reached their two-renewal limit 

  • are reserved by someone else 

  • are an interlibrary loan 

eBook and eAudiobook collections are excluded and will not be automatically renewed.  


You may reserve up to 30 items on your card at any one time and will be notified when they become available.


You can return items to any one of our libraries at any time.


Fees and Charges

Fees and Charges

Effective 1 July 2023

Lost / Damaged / Replacement charges

  • Books: Cost of item + $13.40 processing fee
  • Audiovisual items: Cost of item + $13.40 processing fee
  • Magazine: Cost of item + $4.30 processing fee
  • Replacement Single Item - Audio Book CD: $19.40 per CD.

Miscellaneous Charges

  • A/V items requiring repackaging: $10.00 per item
  • Item barcode: $4.30
  • Membership card: $4.30
  • CD Case: $4.30
  • Book strap: $4.30
  • USB Drive: $8.00
  • Headphones: $3.50
  • Charges do not apply for reservations.

Interlibrary Loans

  • From another public library: $5.00
  • From a State, Academic or Special Library: $28.50

Card Fees

Merchant fees apply for eftpos, credit card and debit card payments.

No more overdue charges

We no longer charge for overdue items at our libraries, but if you lose an item or it is more than 60 days overdue, replacement charges will apply.

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: 03 8290 8011

Who can use our service?

  • aged over 65
  • people with disability, illness or injury
  • residents of aged care facilities or assisted living accommodation
  • socially isolated

Carers may also be eligible.

Register your interest in receiving a Home Library Service delivery.


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.