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Good Reading Hub

The Good Reading Hub is where you’ll find loads of articles about books and authors plus independent reviews of the latest books. There are many by Australian and New Zealand authors, as well as some old favourites that we need to be reminded of, just because they are so good!

Library News

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Rowville Library Refresh

Rowville Library had a quick refresh at the start of July and we thought you might like to take a peek at the changes. We can’t wait to welcome you back in person!

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Libraries Change Lives

We miss you! Let us know what you missed most your library. The Libraries Change Lives initiative starts a conversation about the value of public libraries and celebrates the essential services they deliver every day.

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A Mid-Year Message

Hear from Joseph Cullen, CE Eastern Regional Libraries about what current services ERL are offering along with some special news and updates.

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Special Collections

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

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

National Newspapers

All newspapers are kept for 1 week with the exception of Healesville, which is only kept for 1 day. 

  • Bayswater
  • Belgrave
  • Boronia
  • Croydon
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Healesville
  • Knox
  • Lilydale
  • Montrose
  • Mooroolbark
  • Realm
  • Rowville
  • Yarra Junction
  • Belgrave
  • Boronia
  • Croydon
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Healesville
  • Lilydale
  • Mooroolbark
  • Realm
  • Rowville

  • Belgrave
  • Croydon
  • Knox
  • Lilydale
  • Realm
  • Rowville

  • Bayswater
  • Belgrave
  • Boronia
  • Croydon
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Healesville
  • Knox
  • Lilydale
  • Montrose
  • Mooroolbark
  • Realm
  • Rowville
  • Yarra Junction

  • Knox
  • Rowville

  • Belgrave
  • Croydon
  • Healesville
  • Lilydale
  • Yarra Junction
Board games are available for loan from the following branches: Belgrave, Boronia and Croydon.

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.

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

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.

NEWSPAPERYEARS PUBLISHEDHOLDING BRANCH
Bayswater Inside Out1992 – 2001Boronia
Boronia and the Basin Community News1994 –Boronia
Croydon Mail1985-Apr 1996Croydon
Croydon-Mooroolbark Gazette1975-1978Ringwood Historical Society
Croydon PostAug 1988-Dec 1990Croydon
Croydon-Ringwood Post1987 (Jan.-Jun.)Ringwood Historical Society
Eastern Post Gazette1968-Mar 1970Ringwood Historical Society
Free Press1953-May 2000 (missing 1955, 1957)Knox Historical Society
Free Press LeaderJune 2002 –Knox Historical Society
Independent MounteasterlyJul 1980-Dec 1984Knox Historical Society
Knox GazetteJun 1969-Dec 1971Knox Historical Society
Knox JournalOct 1999- Sep 2010Knox Historical Society
Knox LeaderMay 2001-Knox Historical Society
Knox NewsJul 1989-Apr 2001Knox Historical Society
Knox PostMar 1995-Sep 1999Knox Historical Society
Knox-Sherbrooke Gazette1972-Jun 1975Knox Historical Society
Knox-Sherbrooke News1969-Jun 1989Knox Historical Society
Knox-Sherbrooke Post1989-Feb 1995Knox Historical Society
Knox StandardNov 1984-Feb 1988Knox Historical Society
Knox WeeklySep 2010 –Knox Historical Society
Lilydale & Monbulk Post1987-1988Lilydale Historical Society
Lillydale & Yarra Valley Express1987-May 2001, 1978-1982Healesville, Lilydale Historical Society
Lilydale & Yarra Valley LeaderMay 2001-Healesville, Lilydale (hold 1 week)
Lilydale Express1886-1920 (microfilm), Jul 1968-Dec 1969, 1972-1973Lilydale Historical Society
Lilydale Shire Express1974-1976 (June)Lilydale Historical Society
Maroondah JournalOct 1999-Ringwood Historical Society
Maroondah LeaderMay 2001-Ringwood Historical Society
Maroondah Mail1961-1964, May 1996-Apr. 20Croydon, Ringwood Historical Society
Maroondah Post1995-Sept 1999Ringwood Historical Society
Monbulk Post1980-1982Lilydale Historical Society
Mountain Views1979-July 1999Healesville
Mountain Views MailJuly 1999-Healesville, Lilydale (hold 1 week)
MounteasterlyJuly 1980-Dec 1982Knox Historical Society
Ranges LeaderMay 2001-June 2002Knox Historical Society
Ranges Trader MailJan 2003-Knox Historical Society
Ringwood-Croydon Gazette1973- 1975Ringwood Historical Society
Ringwood-Croydon Mail1968-1983, 1969-1984Ringwood Historical Society, Croydon
Ringwood Gazette1970 & 1972Ringwood Historical Society
Ringwood Mail1958-1967, 1984-Apr 1996Ringwood Historical Society
Ringwood Post1989-1994Ringwood Historical Society
Rowville Lysterfield Community NewsAllRowville Library
Upper Yarra Guardian Mail1998-July 1999Yarra Junction
Upper Yarra MailSep 1987-1994, Jul 1999-Yarra Junction
Yarra Ranges JournalOct 1999- (unbound)Knox Historical Society (last 6 months)
Yarra Valley Express: see Lillydale & Yarra Valley Express  
Yarra Valley Guardian Mail1995 – Nov 1997Yarra Junction
Yarra Valley NewsJan-Jun 1975, 1977-1978Healesville

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.

 
LANGUAGEKNOX LIBRARYREALMROWVILLE LIBRARY
ChineseAdult Fiction & Non-fiction
Junior Fiction & Non-fiction
DVDs
CDs
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
Adult Fiction & Non-fiction
Picture Books
Adult Fiction & Non-fiction
DVDs
Newspapers (Singtao Daily)
FrenchJunior Fiction  
GermanJunior Fiction  
Italian   
JapaneseJunior Fiction  
SpanishJunior Fiction  
VietnameseJunior Fiction
DVDs
  

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 ERL Seed Library is a free borrowing service aiming to cultivate a thriving community of gardeners and seed savers, while building and sharing knowledge, and fostering community resilience, self-reliance, and a culture of sharing. You can donate seeds saved from your garden or leftover seeds from purchased packets. Just drop them in to any of our libraries. Members can borrow up to 3 packets of seed for free! Plant/Grow the seeds in your garden, nurture plants to maturity and donate seed back to the library.

The Seed Library is currently available at Belgrave, Boronia, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Rowville and Yarra Junction Libraries.

Library Services

Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation

Your library provides a range of useful services to the communities of Maroondah, Knox and the Yarra Ranges. It’s free to join! Visit your local library to enjoy:

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Branch Services

Full library membership is open to any Victorian resident, provided they supply, on their first visit to the library, proof of identity and a Victorian address. If you are over 18, you can join online by completing the web membership form. We will post your membership card to your Victorian address within the next week. When you visit your local branch, bring along some proof of identity and you will be able to borrow library items immediately. Children under 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian to become library members. By becoming a library member, you agree to abide by Conditions of Membership. Existing library members may update their address in person only.

For all of our branch services, please visit our Using Your Library page.

Events

Our What’s On page displays up-to-date information about our latest exciting events across the entire region. For more information about our current events schedule, please consult our seasonal events guide here.

To reserve your place at one of our events, please visit our events calendar.

Your library is home to regular storytime events where your child can enjoy stories and rhymes presented by a children’s librarian. These sessions happen frequently and are suitable for children of various ages. Please visit the Storytime page to find out more.

Eastern Regional Libraries delivers a monthly newsletter filled with news about our latest high-profile events, most popular reads, new online resources, and much more! To subscribe, simply slide further down this page to view the subscribe box above the footer.

Outreach Services

Eastern Regional Libraries is proud to operate two Mobile Library services. The Knox Mobile Library 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, with about 2,000 books inside a newly designed space. The Yarra Ranges Flexi Vehicle brings library services to communities in the Yarra Ranges. It’s a highly mobile vehicle that frequently visits preschools, community groups and aged care facilities.

The Eastern Regional Libraries Home Library Service delivers library material to people who are unable to visit the library. The service is provided from certain branches and relies on the support of the local community. For more information, please click here.

Visit BizLibrary, an online portal connecting local businesses with valuable online resources to boost them in a digital world.

A whole range of services are provided to local schools. Please visit the Schools page to find out more.

Other Services

Eastern Regional Libraries supports lifelong learning and endeavours to support Distance Education or off-campus students by offering exam invigilation for written or online exams. Invigilation requests must be submitted to the Library a minimum of two weeks in advance of the desired examination date. The student assumes all responsibility for making arrangements for the examination. To view our exam supervision policy, please click here.

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.

Family History

Exclusively at the Library

Access ancestry.com and findmypast.com.au for free using library computers or using your device connected to library Wi-Fi.

Family History Databases

Our database links are arranged by subject; please navigate using the menu on the right.

Getting started with Family History

Have you always wanted to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? ERL can help you start to trace your family in Australia and overseas, using online databases, books, microfiche, and CDROMs. Before you start your research, it is advisable to take the following steps:
1. Borrow books
Books on beginning family history research are available from the library.
2. Speak to older members of the family
They can remember earlier family members who are no longer alive and may also have photographs and other memorabilia that will help provide dates and other details.
3. Obtain copies of certificates
Try obtaining birth and marriage certificates for yourself, your parents and possible grandparents. Each certificate enables you to take another step back – from marriage to birth to the previous generation.
4. Record and chart
Keep all of the information you receive and chart relationships for easy reference.

Visit a branch

Family History records are held by the following branches (records vary from branch to branch):
  • Belgrave
  • Croydon
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Knox
  • Lilydale
  • Realm
  • Rowville
  • Yarra Junction

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