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Whether your needs are for research purposes, business support, genealogical or purely recreational, the e-Library can provide the necessary resources to meet your information needs.

Use of these databases is governed by licence agreements. Such agreements may restrict the use of some databases to within the library. Access to the databases outside the library is available by entering your library card number when prompted.

Articles can be downloaded, emailed, printed or simply just read online


Business, Finance, Politics and Law

Victorian Law HandbookThe Victorian Law Handbook
A practical, plain English guide to the law in Victoria.  The Law Handbook will also help you find legal services in your local area.

Everyday LawHelping Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot.

AustLIIComprehensive source of Australian public legal information -- that is, primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created for public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example) as well as a substantial collection of law journals.

Aussie Driver aussiedriver2014
Getting ready to become a new driver in Victoria? This website will help you get ready, pass your learners test, and become a driver. There are free learners practice tests and this year’s official Victoria Driver’s manual! The tests are free and designed to mimic the real Learners Test as much as possible.


Busy Things Play and LearnBusy Things
Busy Things is an online learning resource full of quirky characters: parachuting pink men, dancing robots, a doughnut-eating monkey and many others. It's a fun place to be for children! With 115+ activities in language, numbers, reasoning, geography and the arts.

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Learn the basics of coding while having fun with the colourful creatures of Busythings. Tutorials, activities and coding projects introduce the fundamentals of how to create, run and debug simple programs. Ideal for children aged six to twelve.

LearningSpaceThis engaging, interactive resource will help your child develop their math and reading skills using a variety of readers, games and activities. Learning Space is designed to suit various levels for your child’s needs and age group.


Story Box LibraryStory Box Library
Story Box Library features engaging online stories aimed at Australian primary school aged children.


PK Mag
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PK mag publishes your primary kids' creative work - short stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science and engineering projects, just to name a few.

eBooks, eFilms and eMagazines


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Enjoy 24/7 access to an extraordinary collection of award winning and popular documentaries and feature films from around the world.


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Borrowbox is a digital library of the latest eAudiobooks and eBooks,
featuring a wealth of Australian content.



cloudLibrary offers access to thousands of eBook and eAudio titles through its range of free easy-to-use apps.


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Browse and borrow hundreds of the best Australian and international titles in eAudio, eBooks and magazines all in one app.
RBdigital provides simultaneous loans for most titles so you can read or listen right away.



Health and Wellness

better healthThe Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel (BHC) provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing.


AncestryAncestry Library Edition   (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
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A genealogy research tool which provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research, including:

  • US Federal census collections
  • Birth, marriage & death records collections
  • United Kingdom & Ireland census collections
  • Family & local history collection

findmypastFind My Past   (Note: Only available for use within the Library)
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Research your family’s heritage from the UK, Ireland and Australia

The records include:

  • Cemetery records
  • Probate, land & court records
  • Migration records
  • Criminal reports
  • Electoral rolls & censuses
  • Directories, Almanacs & Government gazettes
  • Military records 

Search the records National Library of Australia for books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more


Literacy, Language and Learning

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Books in Print
A directory of current English books, audio & video titles, including publisher, ISBN and pricing details.

Good ReadingGood Reading Hub
An Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.


lynda linkedin logoHobsons Bay Libraries provides members free access to Lynda.com, an on demand learning solution designed to help you gain new skills and advance your career. Access over 5,000 video tutorials covering hundreds of business, creative and technology topics from expert instructors and industry leaders.



Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Pirate, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.                                     

SpineOut Online is a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.

Studiosity (previously YourTutor)

StudiosityOn-demand, one-to-one online homework help for primary, secondary and TAFE students, and job skills assistance for adults, from subject specialists online. Available 24  hours a day, seven days a week.  Also available via the Studiosity app.

Society and Culture

ANZRC_PlusAustralia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
Full-text newspaper, magazine and encyclopedia articles focusing on Australian issues.  Includes access to Choice magazine.


Australian Dictionary of BiographyAustralian Dictionary of Biography
The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography.

The ConversationThe Conversation
The Conversation is an independent source of news and analysis that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.


Britannica LibraryEncyclopedia Britannica
General Encyclopedia with adult, student and junior levels. An excellent resource for school assignments.



Reliable information for research projects and assignments covering a wide range of subjects including
art and music, literature, language, arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages,
science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and sports.


PressReaderPress Reader
Instant access to over 5000 newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages.


rivers to recognition logoRivers to Recognition resource directory
A guide to resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and people in Melbourne’s western region, Victoria and Australia