Your Next Favourite Read

Man-Reading Your next favourite read might be unexpected, or by an already loved author.  It could be a recommendation from a friend, or from an online tool that matches books to your particular mood or taste.

Join our community of readers and book lovers with regular programs and events.  We also offer support for those looking to form a Book Group

Share your thoughts about your latest read via our library catalogue by locating the title and clicking 'add a review', or you can add your thoughts below.

Autumn Book Binge

AutumnBookBingeWant to read more widely?

Want to bask in the benefits of reading?

Join us for the 2020 Autumn Book Binge! It's easy to play – just register online. Autumn Book Binge runs from Sunday 1 March to Sunday 31 May. Win prizes and meet great new reads.

How to play
Read or listen to a book of your choice from any of the nine book categories:

If you're looking for ideas, check out the suggested books on the program posters at your local library. Fill in your game card to keep track of the books you read or listen to between Sunday 1 March and Sunday 31 May 2020.

How to enter:

Online: register with your library card number at and record the books you have read from each of the nine categories to earn badges.  Earn three or more badges for your chance to win a Readings book voucher.

At the library: Due to COVID-19, our libraries are currently closed to the public. Please use our online entry form (listed above) to enter this competition.


A Readings book voucher is up for grabs for one lucky reader for each month of the competition.


Join in the conversation and share your book reviews and recommendations on social media, using hashtag #AutumnBookBinge.

Research tells us that reading has positive benefits on a person’s health, wellbeing and personal development. Research findings show that:

  • Literacy and reading for pleasure play a significant role in a person’s happiness and success.
  • Reading for pleasure is important for personal development, awareness, educational aspirations and success.
  • Reading and literacy is good for your health.
  • Increasing literacy and numeracy skills has a positive and significant effect on jobs and wages.
  • Increased literacy skills will create a healthier, wealthier, more engaged and more equitable society.
  • Reading and literacy can help children escape poverty.
  • Literacy is a key part of any crime prevention strategy.



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Your Reviews
Online Resources
Just Arrived
Award Winners

Hearing what someone else thinks about a book can often inspire your next great read. 

Have you read something great lately?  Tell us about it!

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke had me in tears, it made me furious and forced me to examine my own way of life. It is written with passion and brutal honesty, beautifully crafted memoir was something that we should all read because it could teach us how not to be. You can’t read this book and not be affected by it. It will be something you want to discuss with your friends. -  Karen, The Essendon Book Club

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We have a number of resource to help you find next reads and to keep up to date with Australian and international book and reading news.

Good Reading Hub


Keep up to date with “everything about books” in Australia. Includes 1000s of reviews.


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SpineOut express yourself


Directory of current English books, audio & video titles. Ideal for finding titles that are part of a series.


A place to express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music.



Some of us just want to read the latest releases. Hobsons Bay Libraries are always adding new books to the collection.



Following the award winning books can be a great way to broaden the types of books you enjoy. 

Browse the latest prize winners from Australia and overseas including the Man Booker, Nobel, Pulitizer, Miles Franklin, Orange and Commonwealth winners.