Library News

Libraries Change Lives

The Libraries Change Lives initiative will start a conversation about the value of public libraries and celebrate the essential services they deliver every day.
We need to make sure Victorian public libraries are supported to meet rising community demand for their vital services.
Public libraries are not equipped to support the surge and will not be able to help develop healthy communities without investment in operational costs, physical and online infrastructure and specialist programs. Libraries build literate, productive and engaged communities and generate $4.30 in benefit for every dollar invested.

Libraries Welcome You

Victoria welcomes 2800 new residents per week. Public libraries receive over 30 million visitors annually, equivalent to five visits per Victorian, and visitation continues to outpace population growth.

Libraries foster literacy of all kinds

Literacy is a critical factor in economic and social participation, removing barriers to education and employment. Victoria’s public libraries build healthy and productive communities by supporting all kinds of literacy, at all stages of life.

Libraries create communities

Today’s libraries are vibrant neighbourhood hubs offering social interaction and shared cultural experiences. They help build strong and engaged communities, where everyone belongs, and offer a platform for state-wide community development.

Libraries create engaged early years education programs

Public libraries must be resourced to connect with children and families who are not already engaged with early literacy programs to combat educational disadvantage. Public libraries can also build literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Dedicated funding will deliver a cohesive approach to STEM programs in public libraries, and build staff capacity to provide learning opportunities.

Libraries support culture and creativity

Public libraries are among Victoria’s most popular cultural institutions, providing free and equitable access to vast collections of books, films, music and more. Public libraries play a fundamental role in our state’s cultural life, deploying sophisticated programming that can be accessed for free by anyone in the community.

Libraries provide free, public spaces

Communities need safe and inclusive, well-designed public spaces.
Victorian libraries offer a mix of historic and contemporary public spaces that support community participation and social engagement. They are places where everyone is welcome, and everyone belongs.

Locations & Hours

    Mobile Branches


    Public Holidays

    With the exception of Realm, all Eastern Regional Libraries branches are closed on New Year’s Day, Australia Day, Labour Day, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, Queen’s Birthday, AFL Grand Final Friday, Melbourne Cup, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and any other holidays listed on the Victorian Government’s website.

    Realm is open between 10:00am and 5:00pm on Australia Day, Labour Day, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Queen’s Birthday, AFL Grand Final Friday and Melbourne Cup Day. It is closed all day on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, ANZAC Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    Knox Mobile Library

    The Knox Mobile vehicle is 8 metres in length and visits many residential aged care facilities, industrial estates, schools, community centres and festivals in the Knox Council area.

    This mobile library service has been popular with Knox residents for many years. It’s now likely to attract even more users, with about 2,000 books inside a newly designed space.

    In fact, you might notice that the new vehicle is actually smaller than the original. We’ve designed it that way so it can go to more places, like industrial estates, retirement villages, and special community events, as well as regular stops in Knox.

    The service aims to reach parts of the community unable to access the five library service points at Knox, Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Bayswater and Rowville.

    Phone: 0408 379 026

    Regular Stops:

    TBA

    Featured Collections

      • Large print
      • DVD wall
      • Latest releases
      • Floating fiction & non-fiction

    Vehicle Features:

      • Air conditioning
      • Generator for a fully mobile service
      • Hydraulic wheelchair lift plus
      • Stairs with rails
      • Seating for the elderly
      • Free Wi-Fi

    Parking, access and facilities

    Parking

    Good parking is available at all sites.

    Access
    Mobile access: Access to Mobile is up 7 steps, handrails provided. Interior layout consists of two areas, adult and junior areas.

    Toilet Facilities
    Public toilets are at the following sites – Knoxfield Shops, The Basin or Wellington Village Shopping Centre.

    Accessible toilets are at the following sites – Knoxfield Shops,  The Basin.

    Knox Moblie