Currently, there are only four reasons to leave home in Moorabool: for food and essential supplies; for study or work; for care and healthcare; and for exercise or outdoor recreation.

Library Services

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With Stage 3 restrictions in force from 11:59pm 5 August in Moorabool, Lerderderg and Ballan Libraries are no longer able to offer collection browsing to residents. Both libraries will continue to offer click and collect services during this time.


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Author Talks

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Childrens Programs

1000 Books Before School

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1000 Books Before School is a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school.

Reading to preschool-aged children has been shown to develop early literacy by building vocabulary and language skills essential for learning to read.

Given that the average picture book takes just five minutes to read, spend just 15 minutes reading three books with your child each day and you will read 1000 books in a year. Even if you only have five minutes a day, you can reach that milestone in three years.

Visit any Moorabool Library Service or email to join the program. You will then receive your first reading record pack for your child. 

Download your reading record sheets

Baby Bounce / Rhyme Time / Story Time      

Whilst our physical libraries are currently closed, head on over to our Facebook page to see our Stay-at-home Rhyme and Story Time sessions.

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Movie Events


Peter Carey Short Story Awards

After a large number of high calibre entries from around Australia and the Moorabool Shire, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the Peter Carey Short Story Awards and the Moorabool Young Writers' Awards for 2020.

Watch the Awards and find the full results here. 


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Moorabool Young Writers' Awards

Thank you to all Moorabool students who have entered the Moorabool Young Writers' Awards.

Watch the Awards and find out the full results here.


Moorabool Makers


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Library Services and Resources


Community accessible resources
  • Free WiFi (read our Acceptable Use of Internet Policy)
  • Printing, fax and copying
  • Access to laptops
  • 2 self loan stations
  • Meeting rooms available for hire
  • 10 desktop public computers

Storytime Pods



Children and parents can explore and engage in a range of short and fun age specific digital storytelling books for kids through our new Storytime Pods at the Lerderderg Library. Available in various languages and themes, children can touch the screen and choose from a variety of books to listen to, some featuring famous authors.

Older children can explore the basics of programming through the blocky games series. They can learn programming skills through simple puzzles, mazes, animations and movie design.

Don’t forget that these stories also contribute to your 1000 books before school reading record!

Games, Gaming and Puzzles


A variety of classic and modern board games and puzzles are available for in-library play at the Ballan and Lerderderg Library by children, teens, adults, and families.

The Lerderderg Library also offers children and young adults in-library use of video gaming systems. These include Nintendo Wii, PlayStation and X-box with a variety of games.

Sports Equipment

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A variety of sports equipment is availabe for loan at both Ballan and Lerderderg Libraries.




Online Resources

Central Highlands Libraries offer a number of online information and databases relating to art, craft and antiques, computers and technology, family history, health, homework help, languages, law, multicultural services, newspapers, magazines and journals.

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Tween and Teen Reading

Visit Inside a Dog, a website that is run by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library Victoria. Inside a Dog is a community hub for bookish teens aged 12-18yrs where they can share their love of reading and books.You can create blogs to share creative writing, discuss your favourite books and invite friends to collaborate.

You can also:

  • Join online workshops
  • Be inspired by regular writing prompts
  • Interact with guest writers in residence
  • Hear about upcoming events and opportunities
  • Enter competitions
  • Connect and collaborate with people who love books as much as you


Free video streaming for library card holders

We stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials by partnering with public libraries and universities. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your library membership and enjoy our diverse catalog with new titles added every month.


Free access from public computers @ Lerderderg Library, Australia and New Zealand's leading family history website offers members access to one billion searchable Australian, New Zealand and UK family history records.

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Public Policies


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Locations and Opening Times


Lerderderg Library: 

Monday to Friday 9.00-4.30

Saturday 9.00 -1.30

From 22 June 2020: A maximum of 20 people at a time allowed in the library for browsing of the collection and/or collection of holds only.
(Maximum time limit 30 minutes)


Ballan Library:

Monday 1.00-5.00

Wednesday 9.30-1.00

Friday 9.30-5.00

Saturday 9.30-1.00

From 22 June 2020: A maximum of 3 people at a time allowed in the library for browsing of the collection and/or collection of holds only. (Maximum time limit 20 minutes)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I renew my library items?

    Visit the Central Highlands Libraries website to log in and  renew your library items, or you can renew items in person at the library.

  • How do I become a library member?

    Join in person by speaking to a library officer. You will need some form of identification such as a drivers licence or passport. Or, become a member online and you can pick up your card from your local library when you display your identification.

  • How do I search the library catalogue?

    The catalogue can be found on the Central Highlands Libraries website.

Last Updated:

Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 10:27