Eastern Regional Libraries maintains several special interest collections around the region. These feature items that are available exclusively at some branches and include:
All newspapers are kept for 1 week with the exception of Healesville, which is only kept for 1 day.
- Ferntree Gully
- Yarra Junction
Board games are available for loan from the following branches: Boronia, Croydon and Realm.
Members may borrow up to 2 board games at a time. The collection is searchable via the catalogue and items may be reserved by members at no charge.
Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes
Children receive messages about gender everyday through behaviours, images, written and spoken words at home, at school and in other settings. Beyond Sparkles and Superheroes is a special book list that features children picture books themed on gender equality and equity. Find out more here.
Stories Beyond Stereotypes
Stories and books are a powerful learning tool for our children and stories that depict children participating in a wide range of positive and diverse activities expands their horizons of what is possible. this booklist features real and imaginary characters who follow their own path, unconstrained by gender stereotypes. Find out more here.
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.
The Dementia Care Collection is designed for people living with Dementia and their carers.
The collection features a range of materials like photobooks, puzzles, tools, and other objects designed to provide stimulation and keep the mind active. These materials help people living with dementia find pleasure and relaxation by offering valuable and varied mental stimulus.
Items may be borrowed like any other ERL item for a six week period. However, users wishing to access the collection must speak to their local library manager first.
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.
|NEWSPAPER||YEARS PUBLISHED||HOLDING BRANCH|
|Bayswater Inside Out||1992 – 2001||Boronia|
|Boronia and the Basin Community News||1994 –||Boronia|
|Croydon Mail||1985-Apr 1996||Croydon|
|Croydon-Mooroolbark Gazette||1975-1978||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Croydon Post||Aug 1988-Dec 1990||Croydon|
|Croydon-Ringwood Post||1987 (Jan.-Jun.)||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Eastern Post Gazette||1968-Mar 1970||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Free Press||1953-May 2000 (missing 1955, 1957)||Knox Historical Society|
|Free Press Leader||June 2002 –||Knox Historical Society|
|Independent Mounteasterly||Jul 1980-Dec 1984||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Gazette||Jun 1969-Dec 1971||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Journal||Oct 1999- Sep 2010||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Leader||May 2001-||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox News||Jul 1989-Apr 2001||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Post||Mar 1995-Sep 1999||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox-Sherbrooke Gazette||1972-Jun 1975||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox-Sherbrooke News||1969-Jun 1989||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox-Sherbrooke Post||1989-Feb 1995||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Standard||Nov 1984-Feb 1988||Knox Historical Society|
|Knox Weekly||Sep 2010 –||Knox Historical Society|
|Lilydale & Monbulk Post||1987-1988||Lilydale Historical Society|
|Lillydale & Yarra Valley Express||1987-May 2001, 1978-1982||Healesville, Lilydale Historical Society|
|Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader||May 2001-||Healesville, Lilydale (hold 1 week)|
|Lilydale Express||1886-1920 (microfilm), Jul 1968-Dec 1969, 1972-1973||Lilydale Historical Society|
|Lilydale Shire Express||1974-1976 (June)||Lilydale Historical Society|
|Maroondah Journal||Oct 1999-||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Maroondah Leader||May 2001-||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Maroondah Mail||1961-1964, May 1996-Apr. 20||Croydon, Ringwood Historical Society|
|Maroondah Post||1995-Sept 1999||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Monbulk Post||1980-1982||Lilydale Historical Society|
|Mountain Views||1979-July 1999||Healesville|
|Mountain Views Mail||July 1999-||Healesville, Lilydale (hold 1 week)|
|Mounteasterly||July 1980-Dec 1982||Knox Historical Society|
|Ranges Leader||May 2001-June 2002||Knox Historical Society|
|Ranges Trader Mail||Jan 2003-||Knox Historical Society|
|Ringwood-Croydon Gazette||1973- 1975||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Ringwood-Croydon Mail||1968-1983, 1969-1984||Ringwood Historical Society, Croydon|
|Ringwood Gazette||1970 & 1972||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Ringwood Mail||1958-1967, 1984-Apr 1996||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Ringwood Post||1989-1994||Ringwood Historical Society|
|Rowville Lysterfield Community News||All||Rowville Library|
|Upper Yarra Guardian Mail||1998-July 1999||Yarra Junction|
|Upper Yarra Mail||Sep 1987-1994, Jul 1999-||Yarra Junction|
|Yarra Ranges Journal||Oct 1999- (unbound)||Knox Historical Society (last 6 months)|
|Yarra Valley Express: see Lillydale & Yarra Valley Express|
|Yarra Valley Guardian Mail||1995 – Nov 1997||Yarra Junction|
|Yarra Valley News||Jan-Jun 1975, 1977-1978||Healesville|
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.
|LANGUAGE||KNOX LIBRARY||REALM||ROWVILLE LIBRARY|
|Chinese||Adult Fiction & Non-fiction|
Junior Fiction & Non-fiction
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
|Adult Fiction & Non-fiction|
|Adult Fiction & Non-fiction|
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
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.
The Seed Library is currently available at Belgrave, Boronia, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Rowville and Yarra Junction Libraries.