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Stonnington Libraries temporary closure 18 March - 13 April

All Stonnington Libraries will be closed until Monday, 13 April, with the possibility of this being extended.

After careful consideration and discussions regarding the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to close our physical libraries to the public and cancel or postpone all upcoming library programs and events.

This includes all four library branches: Malvern, Phoenix Park, Prahran and Toorak/South Yarra, and the Stonnington History Centre.

This decision to close has not been taken lightly. It is a preventative measure to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors, as well as the broader community.

We understand that a library is an important place for many, especially the most vulnerable in our community, and we are working through what services we can continue to provide or enhance for online access and services.

We hope this action will help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community and that our doors will be re-open soon.

You can still access all of our services online through our eLibrary including Kanopy, Beamafilm, Borrow Box, RB Digital and Freegal. We will also look at how we can continue to support your reading needs over the coming weeks, especially for our homebound and frail community.

We encourage you to become a library member to access online services. If you already are a member, just download our app for easy access.

All current loans have been extended until April. However, we are happy to renew items as needed and no overdue charges will apply during this closure period. You can also continue to return your items via our after-hours return chutes if you no longer require them and place reservations via our catalogue or app.

Please help us reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading by:

  • hanging on to your books if you’re sick rather than coming to the library – use our contact us web page to arrange a renewal, and
  • accessing library resources such as eBooks via our library’s website.

To keep up-to-date on the latest library information, please check our website or any of our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information, visit the City of Stonnington's Community information - Coronavirus page and the DHHS website:

Frequently asked questions:

Can I renew my items?
Yes, call us to extend your loans, renew your items online or in the Stonnington Library App. All items due before and during the closure have been extended to April 14.

Can I still return items during the closure?
Yes, our return chutes are open. If you're unwell, keep them and contact us to renew. All items due before and during the closure have been extended to April 14. 

What if I can't return my items?
That's ok. No overdue charges will apply during this time. All items due before and during the closure have been extended to April 14.

What collections can I access right now?
Make use of our eLibrary resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, music and films.

What if I have items on reserve ready for pick-up?
We are currently working through this process and investigating safe options for reservation collection.

What if I'm booked to attend an upcoming library event?

All events scheduled to take place during this time have been cancelled. You should have received email notification from Eventbrite about the cancellation and your refunded order. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Are regular library programs being held?

All regular library programs will cease while we are closed. We're working through how we may be able to continue our programs in a safe way.

No computer and need to complete a Centrelink or Medicare form online?

Your local Service Australia Centre has self-service terminals you can use. Find your nearest Service Australia Centre at

Stonnington Libraries App 

Login to the app and you can:

  • login and renew your items (under My Account);
  • see the items currently on loan and currently reserved (under My Account);
  • search the catalogue and place reservations;
  • access our eLibrary including eBooks and streaming of music, movies and documentaries.

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