The doors may be closed but we’re still here!...

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With Hobsons Bay Libraries physical branches closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s reasonable to wonder “what do librarians do without a library to open?”. You may be interested to learn that we are still running a number of key services – some have been adapted to the online environment, some running as they always have!

Over the coming days and weeks, we will continue to implement changes to some of our library offering and find new ways to best serve the Hobsons Bay community. This page will be a list of the services continuing to be offered during the branch closures and will be updated regularly.

Last updated 8 July 2020.

Collections

Access to eCollections

With your Hobsons Bay library card, you have access to over 10,000 eBooks, 5,000 eAudiobooks, many films and magazines, and a range of other online resources to keep entertained and learning during the closure. We are always continuing to increase our eCollections range. If we don’t currently have a particular title that you are interested in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best to source it. 

Help to access eCollections

Our new-look Library app and catalogue make it easier than ever to manage your account online. Use these to reset your PIN and check the status of your loans and reservations.

If you need further assistance, our friendly staff will still be happy to help. You can contact us by phone 1300 462 542 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or via Instagram DM or Facebook Message.

Returns

Library return chutes are still open at all sites for those with limited space at home. However, in order to make it easier for customers to follow isolation instructions and continue enjoying library material, all current loans have been extended through to 30 August 2020. No overdue charges will be applied while we are closed.

Home delivery of library items: Book a Book

We have started a home delivery service where books will be delivered to your door (contactless, of course). Find out more and register for the Home Delivery Service HERE.

Our existing Home Library Service continues to operate with contactless delivery and increased hygiene practices implemented. This service continues to provide reading and viewing material to more than 100 residents who are housebound or ordinarily unable to visit the library due to disability or ill health.

Not a member? Sign up today

By becoming a Hobsons Bay Libraries web member you have access to a variety of online resources and eCollections.

What’s available for web members?

  • CloudLibrary: offers access to thousands of eBook and eAudio titles through its range of free easy-to-use apps.
  • Borrowbox: access the latest eAudiobooks and eBooks using this digital library which features a wealth of Australian content.
  • RB Digital: 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.
  • Lynda.com:  Hobsons 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.
  • Studiosity: on-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 and can also be accessed via the Studiosity app.

Check out our eLibrary page for more information on these and many more of our e-resources.

Join online now, and get immediate access to all of our online resources. 

Library events and programs 

As much as anything, modern public libraries create amazing cultural experiences and opportunities for social connection. We are continuing to offer a number of our regular programs online. Our website and social media accounts are be the best way to stay up-to-date about these online programs.

Online storytime Georgia smallEarly years programs

You can now tune in to the Hobsons Bay Libraries YouTube channel for Stay-at-home Storytime each Tuesday and Thursday, as well as Baby Bounce every Wednesday morning, to continue the connection between little ones and the Librarians they know and love. We would love to see any reaction videos of your children or photos of your home Storytime set-up. When sharing on social media be sure to use the hashtag #HBLstorytime so that we can see what you and your little people get up to!

Book clubs

We are proud to have launched the Stay-at-Home Book Club - a new way for you to connect and engage with your fellow neighbourhood booklovers. Join us each month for a new book and a lively online discussion. Find out more about joining the Stay-at-Home Book Club and register your interest through our Library events page or via Facebook.

Our existing Books Clubs should contact us to arrange collection of their pre-allocated book sets.

For younger booklovers, we have also introduced the new Stay-at-Home Family Book Club! Aimed at 8-12 year old children and their families, Stay-at-Home Family Book Club offers a virtual space for parents and children to connect with your library and share a love for some amazing books. Register for the next Stay-at-Home Family Book Club here or via our Facebook event.

Check out our full range of online programs by vising our What's On page.

Research assistance

Our experienced Heritage Librarians continue to assist with family and local history research enquiries. A shutdown might be the ideal time to get stuck into researching your family tree, or the history of your home. Requests can be submitted here.

Our Family History eResources are also available to assist with your research. For help using and accessing these tools, visit our YouTube channel.

With Hobsons Bay Libraries physical branches closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s reasonable to wonder “what do librarians do without a library to open?”. You may be interested to learn that we are still running a number of key services – some have been adapted to the online environment, some running as they always have!

Over the coming days and weeks, we will continue to implement changes to some of our library offerings and find new ways to best serve the Hobsons Bay community. This page will be a list of the services continuing to be offered during the branch closures, and will be updated regularly.