Eastern Regional Libraries maintains several special interest collections around the region. These feature items that are available exclusively at some branches and include:

  • Dementia Resources Library
  • LOTE collections
  • Music scores
  • Video games for loan
Browse the items below to learn more about our special collections and how to access them.

Several libraries around the region hold Choice Magazine, including back issues lasting up to 2 years. The collection is available at the following branches: Bayswater, Belgrave, Croydon, Ferntree Gully, Knox, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Realm, Rowville and Yarra Junction.

Eastern Regional Library members have access to Choice Online when using public access Library PCs. Please ask library staff for login information.

You may book a Library PC online here.

Console video games are available for loan from the following branches: Belgrave, Croydon, Realm and Rowville.

Members may borrow up to 2 console video games at a time. The collection is searchable via the catalogue and items may be reserved by members at no charge.

Games are available for the following console platforms: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U. and Nintendo Switch.

This special resource collection provides enjoyable activities, hobbies and resources for people with dementia and their carers that meet their needs and interests. The collection includes games, movies, books, photographs and musical items, as well as publications about dementia.

The Dementia Resources Library is housed at Realm Library in Ringwood, and is provided and maintained by the Brotherhood of St. Laurence.

For more information, please contact Realm Library, or visit this page.

The Outer Eastern Literacy Program Collection is housed at Boronia Library. This collection includes books on grammar, spelling, and arithmetic, as well as novels for those learning to read.

For more information about the Outer Eastern Literacy Program, including further resources and contact details, please click here.

Eastern Regional Libraries collects adult fiction and non-fiction, junior material, magazines and newspapers in other languages. The collections are situated at the following branches, with the demographics of the local population in mind.

ChineseAdult Fiction & Non-fiction
Junior Fiction & Non-fiction
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
Adult Fiction & Non-fiction
Picture Books
Adult Fiction & Non-fiction
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
FrenchJunior Fiction  
GermanJunior Fiction  
JapaneseJunior Fiction  
SpanishJunior Fiction  
VietnameseJunior Fiction

If your first language is not listed here, there may be a collection housed at a nearby library belonging to another library service. The Public Libraries Victoria Network maintains this list of LOTE Collections in Victorian Public Libraries.

The University of Melbourne and Monash University also produce and maintain this comprehensive list of Asian Collections at public and university libraries in Victoria.

A collection of music scores is available for loan at Belgrave and Croydon Libraries. The collection covers a range of popular and classical music. The collection is searchable via the catalogue and items may be reserved by members at no charge.