What We Offer
For educators based in the Knox, Maroondah, or Yarra Ranges council areas, Eastern Regional Libraries provides sessions to support your students in developing confident literacy skills, and becoming lifelong learners. These sessions can include an introduction to library resources, hands on STEAM visits, research and information skills building, and tips for staying safe online. With the exception of one or two specialised programs, library visits are free and can take place at your local library, or at your school!
The library offers a vast array of useful and fun resources for students to explore! Our friendly library team can introduce students to how they can use their local library to learn, have fun, and discover new ideas. Learn how to download eBooks, access free coding resources, find high quality information for research projects, play educational games, and more!
Your library is home to a large range of educational Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths programs. Activities include coding, robotics, science experiments, 3D design, and engineering challenges that we can run for your students. With the exception of one or two, these events are free for us to run either at your local library, or at your school!
Staying Safe Online
Cybersafety sessions will encourage students to learn how to navigate through the online world in a safe and positive way. We cover a range of topics about how to use the internet responsibly, including: staying safe while talking to friends and family online, how to know if a website is trustworthy or not , learning what is private or public information, how micro-transactions are targeted at kids, tips for avoiding internet bad guys and more!
Research and Information Skills
Our research and information skills sessions will provide students with practical and accurate advice on how to find, interpret, and use information in their academic, and everyday lives. We look at topics around where to find credible resources, how to determine if an information source is credible, and how to properly cite information. Other content covered can include tips on how to search for useful information, looking at how media reporting influences the way we understand an issue, and tips on how to develop logical, evidence based pieces of work.
To arrange a visit, it’s important that the majority of your students are members of Eastern Regional Libraries, so they can take advantage of the information and resources we cover in sessions. Anyone over the age of 18 can join online, and younger people can visit a library with a parent or guardian to join, or use one of the methods below. It’s super easy to help your students join up, here’s how!
Online Student Memberships
The easiest method for parents and schools is the use of our student membership portal. It’s accessible from any internet connected device at yourlibrary.com.au/students and allows parents to provide their child’s details directly onto this website. Library cards are then delivered to the school to be distributed by teachers. The school also receives a copy of the student’s card number so library resources can be used in class throughout the year. This system is almost completely automated and schools can provide the web address above to parents by any method convenient. If your school is not listed, please use the contact form below to have it added.
If you wish to use a physical form to sign up students, download our Library Membership Application Form
Compass (Student ID Cards Required)
Schools that use the Compass app and whose students have CompassIdentity cards are able to use a fast, automated method, please use the contact form below to make this happen.
Top Resources For Students
There are over 30 valuable resources are available to students, completely free with their library card including:
Busythings BusyThings is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning education platform. BusyThings is aimed at pre-school children up to around Grade 3 level. With over 300 educational games available, children can explore literacy, numeracy, creative development and general knowledge! These games are designed to entertain and educate!
Discover over 100 stories for children to read and stream on your device’s screen! The majority are written by Australian authors and all are read by Australian actors, illustrators, comedians or other personalities. These engaging short stories come to life when read by entertaining personalities and are yours to enjoy from anywhere.
Literacy Planet is an educational game suite for students in grade levels from Prep – Year 10. This award-winning application provides loads of fun-filled exercises to reinforce and compliment Australian curriculum standards for Literacy.
As a digital resource, Britannica goes beyond traditional printed information by including a variety of multimedia sources. Developed with an emphasis on school education and curriculum, Britannica is a high-quality information resource ideal for projects, homework help and the classroom.
Access over 50,000 titles for free, anywhere in the world. Libby by Rakuten Overdrive gives you access to the library’s digital collection including eBooks and eAudiobooks. They also have graphic novels, picture books and books that read along.
Borrow eAudiobooks published by Bolinda through Borrow Box. Bolinda features many Australian and international best-selling authours with new titles being added regularly. Read or listen online or from the Borrow Box app on your personal device.
Explore More Resources For Students
Discover new ways of learning with these free, safe, and educational online learning resources, loved by your librarians!
Code Club projects are fun, step by step guides for young learners to learn how to code by making games, animations and interactive stories. Projects are available for Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python.
A fun, free and educational app available on iOS and Android, for children ages 2-6. Engages children with early literacy, maths and language, while encouraging creative thinking, and building social-emotional skills.
Science based lesson plans, experiments and more! Great for educators of children aged 6-12. Activity ideas are curriculum aligned, and also encourage students to think creatively and critically.