Collections and Interlibrary Loans
Collections and Interlibrary Loans
Browse our collections or see the types of items we have available.

Our library catalogue allows you to browse, renew and reserve items.

Our libraries have a wide range of resources including:


Our reference items include dictionaries and encyclopedias, bibliographies and a variety of other reference materials. As reference items are not for loan they are always available in our branches.

DVD and CD Collection

DVD film collection which includes classic movies and documentaries. Compact discs covering all styles of music from classical to pop are also available.


See our eLibrary page for access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines.

Graphic Novels

This collection includes traditional and contemporary comics, and Manga.

Large Print

This collection is mostly used by people who have difficulty reading print of standard size.

Talking Books

Books recorded either on compact disc or in MP3 format. They are popular with people who would like listening to people reading out loud or who have a visual impairment.

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Local History Collection

The local history collection has printed material of social and historical significance to East Gippsland. Items are not available for loan.

It is located in the Local Studies Room upstairs at Bairnsdale Library.  An elevator is available. Items can be requested for viewing at other branches.

Special Collections

Parenting Collection

Parenting resources provide useful information (in print, DVD and pamphlets) for parents and carers on parenting.

It includes material that will help your child in day-to-day activities and help you answer tricky questions like "What's happening to my body?", "Where do babies come from?", "Does Dad still love me even though you got divorced?”

The collection also includes easy to share information on topics such as "Going to the hospital" or "Bullying".

Gender Equality Resources

We have a selection of gender equality resources suitable for children.

These resources provide useful ways for parents and educators to introduce gender equality to children from a young age.

Educators can also borrow a Gender Equality Resource Kit which has books, information and lesson plans that can be used by in classrooms.

Giant Books and Puppet Kits

This collection is available for loan by community organisation members including schools and childcare centres.

The collection includes book and puppet kits, giant books, traditional puppet kits and nursery rhyme puppet kits.

Science Discovery Boxes available for loan

Are your little ones curious about the world? Do they want to know more about the night sky, or how sound travels? We’re excited to announce that library members can now borrow one of 17 different Science Discovery Boxes – themed, age appropriate science and nature kits.

Loans from Other Libraries (Interlibrary loans)

The library service is currently undergoing a transition to a new library management system. During this process, interlibrary loans have been suspended until the end of November 2021.

We are part of a network that lets you borrow items from many other libraries. You should only request items that are not available at East Gippsland Shire Libraries.

Please contact us first if you have any questions about the interlibrary loan procedure or fees.  

  • Charges apply to interlibrary loans and you need to pay the charge when you collect the item.
  • Items published in the last 12 months are not available for interlibrary loan.
  • DVD, music CDs and CD ROMs are lent at the discretion of the lending library.
  • The due date is set by the lending library and cannot be extended.
  • An extra charge of $28.50 applies if the book comes from universities and other private libraries who charge us.
  • Interlibrary loans have higher overdue charges.

Book Club

Selected titles are available as sets of eight for book clubs. A special membership application is needed from a club member in order to borrow the set.

Library Suggestions and Donations

We welcome your suggestions for the purchase of new items or ideas or recommendations for a library program or event.


The library accepts donations of items published within the past two years, or items of any age that have local significance.

Borrow a meter and find out how much power you use

Power-Mate meters

Find out what your power use is costing you and the environment by borrowing a Power-Mate from our libraries.

The Power-Mate is a hand-held meter which can be connected to any electronic appliance and measures the power in watts, voltage and current.

The meter can also tell you:

  • The cost of running the appliance
  • How much energy the appliance used in kilowatt-hours
  • How many kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions it produced

Just ask us for Power-Mate or search for Power-Mate on the library catalogue.

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Monday, October 4, 2021