Eastern Regional Libraries

Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation provides library services to the Cities of Knox, Maroondah and the Shire of Yarra Ranges in Victoria, Australia.[1] The system has fourteen branch libraries, two community reading rooms and two mobile libraries to service the municipalities.[2]

Services provided include mobile services, free internet access, an extensive database collection, homebound services, public computers and beginners IT training, meeting rooms and numerous community-based programs for all ages.


The Eastern Regional Libraries service was founded by the former Shire of Knox in 1965 and was known as the Regional Library Service. In 1968, an agreement was made between the former Shire of Knox and the former City of Ringwood to provide library services to both municipalities with the service renamed to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Library Service (EMRLS). The EMRLS continued to expand over the next decade by incorporating more branches and service points in Ringwood, Croydon, Healesville, Belgrave, Boronia, Ferntree Gully and Rowville. Mobile services were also added to the Healesville and Sherbrooke areas.[3]

In March 1978, EMRLS changed its name to Eastern Regional Libraries (ERL). In September 1995, Eastern Regional Libraries amalgamated with the Lilydale Library Service (branches at Lilydale, Montrose, Mooroolbark and Mt. Evelyn). The title Eastern Regional Libraries was retained.[3]


Bayswater LibraryEdit

Bayswater Library was officially opened on 1 May 2013[4] after its initial plans for development were announced in 2008.[5] Located within the Mountain High Shopping Centre and across from the Bayswater train station, the library has been decorated with a railway theme. One of the main features of Bayswater Library includes the installation of RFID borrowing stations and an automated returns machine.

Belgrave LibraryEdit

The Belgrave Library was opened in 1997[6] and was designed with a cedar exterior to blend in with the local setting of Belgrave. The building also features stained glass windows that were originally part of the Shire of Sherbrooke council offices. Belgrave library is the only ERL branch to house the music scores collection.

Boronia LibraryEdit

Boronia Library was opened 14 July 1986.[7] Located next to the Boronia Basketball Stadium, the library was designed as a centre of recreation. Inside, the central skylight mural illustrates Boronia's historical past.

Ferntree Gully LibraryEdit

Ferntree Gully Library was opened on 2 January 1980.[3] The library currently shares its location with the Ferntree Gully Community Centre. Ferntree Gully library is known for its strong contribution towards early childhood programs and its involvement in the Knox Festival.

Knox LibraryEdit

Knox Library opened on 8 November 1977[8] and is located within the Westfield Knox shopping centre. Among its many attractions is the Chinese collection of books, CDs and DVDs. One of the main features of Knox Library is the automated returns machine, which was installed in November, 2012.[9]

Rowville LibraryEdit

Rowville Library was opened on 21 August 1989 under the clock tower at Stud Park Shopping Centre.[3] Rowville Library has a strong community focus and is well known for its participation in Rowville's annual Stringybark Festival.

Croydon LibraryEdit

Croydon Library was opened on 15 October 1973[3] and has recently celebrated 40 years of operation in the community. The library is situated beside a small lake and the Maroondah City Council Service Centre. The Croydon Library specialises in historical material and maintains the local history, genealogy and military history collections. The library also houses the Croydon Historical Society.


Ringwood Library originally opened in Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, on 4 May 1970 and later moved to the Eastland Shopping Centre district in March 1995.[3] In October, 2013, Ringwood Library returned to the original building in Warrandyte Road while the new Ringwood Library, Learning and Cultural Centre and Town Square (Realm) was under construction. The new Realm library opened at Eastland Shopping Centre on 29 October 2015. The building also houses an art gallery and a cafe.[10]

Healesville LibraryEdit

Healesville Library opened on 10 December 1975.[3] In 2010, Healesville Library underwent a refurbishment and became part of the Yarra Ranges Council Community Link building[11]

Lilydale LibraryEdit

Lilydale Library joined the Eastern Regional Libraries service in 1995.[3] Lilydale Library is located beside the Yarra Ranges Shire Council Lilydale Community Link centre.

Montrose LibraryEdit

The Montrose Library was opened on 3 May 1986[12] and is located at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges next to the Montrose Town Hall.

Mooroolbark LibraryEdit

Mooroolbark Library opened in July 1984.[13] It is located close to the Mooroolbark Station and overlooks Hookey Park.

Yarra Junction LibraryEdit

Yarra Junction Library opened in Hoddle Street in 1993.[3]

Mobile LibrariesEdit

The first mobile library services were introduced in 1977 to the Healesville and Sherbrooke area. The Upper Yarra Mobile was added in 1981 and the Knox Mobile in 1985.[3] Following the amalgamation of Eastern Regional Libraries in 1995 with Lilydale Library Service, the mobile services were streamlined into the Knox Mobile, Ranges Mobile and Valley Mobile to service all three council municipalities.[3]

In 2011, the mobile library service underwent an infrastructure review, and the Valley Mobile was retired and the service points reassigned to the Ranges Mobiles.[14]

In September 2012, the Knox Mobile was retired and replaced with a new vehicle, with the service being re-branded as the Knox Outreach. The timetables were further re-designed to include visits to residential care facilities, community housing, small local shopping districts and for festival attendance. Yarra Ranges Outreach Vehicle was also introduced in September 2012 and provides services to aged care facilities, retirement villages, caravan parks. The Yarra Ranges Flexi Vehicle was also commissioned and provides library services and storytimes to children's playgroups, kindergartens and recreational parks within the Shire of Yarra Ranges.[9]

Both mobile services are subject to availability restrictions on days of Total Fire Ban and Extreme Weather Conditions and will not operate under certain conditions[15][16]

Community Hub Reading RoomsEdit

Community Reading Rooms were implemented in 2012 to provide library service points that were previously covered by the mobile libraries. The reading rooms were designed to be completely self-serviceable. All reading rooms are fully equipped with RFID technology that allows patrons to browse, borrow, return, order and collect reserved library items.[14]

There are currently three reading rooms serviced by Eastern Regional Libraries:

Monbulk Community Hub – is located in the Monbulk Living and Learning Centre and was opened 9 January 2012[17]

Yarra Glen Memorial Hall Community Reading Room– is located at Yarra Glen Memorial Hall and was opened in April, 2012.[14]

Mount Evelyn Station House- is located in the same location of the former Mount Evelyn Library. The community hub was re-designed and re-opened in August 2013 under the management of Morrison House.


Eastern Regional Libraries provides a range of services to the community, including:

• Information and reference services

• General access and borrowing privileges to the collection

• Access to full text databases and online reference materials

• Genealogical, local history and military history information access and discussion groups.

• Community information

• Free Internet access via Public PCs and Wireless (WiFi) connections

• Reader's advisory services

• Programs for children, youth and adults

• Home service delivery for house bound individuals

• Interlibrary loans

• Free downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

• Educational programs and assistance on eLearning technologies

Collection DevelopmentEdit

The libraries which comprise Eastern Regional Libraries offer traditional print materials such as books and periodicals; audio-visual materials including DVDs, CDs and audiobooks; as well as computer-based electronic resources and databases.[9]

Local History & Genealogy Collection

Eastern Regional Libraries stocks a large number of local history, genealogical and electronic online resources, including Ancestry.com Library Edition, Find My Past UK and Findmypast Australia & Ireland and British Newspaper Archives. Eastern Regional Libraries also manages a military history collection, which is housed at the Croydon Library branch.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Varlejs, Jana; Walton, Graham (2009). Strategies for Regenerating the Library and Information Profession. Walter de Gruyter. p. 43. ISBN 9783598441776.
  2. ^ "Find a Library". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Library History". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Libraries open to acclaim", Knox Leader, 7 May 2013
  5. ^ Gleeson, Michael."Knox Libraries set for big reveamp" Archived 17 July 2013 at archive.today, Knox Leader, 28 May 2008. Retrieved on 16 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Book closes on library's decade". Mount Evelyn Mail, 3 May 2008, Star News Group. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Find a Library: Boronia Library". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Find a Library: Knox Library". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2012-2013". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Realm". Eastern Regional Libraries. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Library Action Plan Healesville" (PDF). Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Find a Library: Montrose Library". Eastern Regional Library. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Find a Library: Mooroolbark Library". Eastern Regional Library. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014.
  14. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2011-2012". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Find a Library: Knox Mobile". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Find a Library: Yarra Ranges Outreach". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Monbulk Reading Room". Eastern Regional Libraries. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014.

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