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Moorabool Library Services

Public Holiday Closure

Please note that the Ballan and Lerderderg libraries will be closed on Tuesday 7 November, due to the Melbourne Cup public holiday.

All online services will be available during this time for renewing items, searching the catalogue and accessing eResources.  

Lerderderg Library Extended Opening Hours!

The Lerderderg Library is now open until 8pm on Mondays and Thursdays and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays for a trial period ending June 2018. We encourage all community members to make use of this opportunity and provide feedback.

Ballan Extended Friday Opening Hours!

We are pleased to announce that the Ballan Library will now open at 9.30am till 5pm on Fridays, commencing 20th October, 2017. This initiative will increase the opportunity for community members to access the service and further expand library resources in the Ballan community.

We will be hosting a celebration on Friday 20th October at 9.30am. Details to follow.

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Library Policies

Library Locations and Opening Hours

Lerderderg Library – Bacchus Marsh

Address: 215 Main Street Bacchus Marsh

Phone: (03) 5366 7100

Mondays and Thursdays (Trial period until June 2018) 8.30am - 8.00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8.30am- 5.00pm
Saturday  9am - 2pm
Sunday and Public Holidays Closed

Ballan Library

Address: 143 Inglis St Ballan

Phone: 0419 519 650

Wednesday 9.30am - 1.00pm
Friday (New opening time!) 9.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am - 1.00pm

Regional Mobile Library Service

Phone: 0419 519 650

Day Location Hours
Tuesday Dunnstown Recreation Reserve 10.00am - 11.00am
  Bungaree General Store 11.30am - 12.30pm
  Gordon Hall 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Wednesday Blackwood Memorial Hall 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Library Services and Resources

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is an outreach program that provides a delivery service to those who are physically unable to access the library directly. Please ask our friendly library staff for more information and to register. Apply Now

Free Technology Help

Free group technology help sessions are provided by our friendly volunteer Ian, every wednesday at the Lerderderg Library from 9am - 12noon. 

He can help you with computer basics, basic internet searching, microsoft office, email set up, ipads and android devices, digital photo uploads, facebook basics and online buying and selling tips. 

He cannot help you with any online banking, repairs to hardward, software updates, e-tax or internet connection issues. 

Contact the library for more information. No  bookings required. Please bring along your device that you require help with. 

Justice of Peace @ Lerderderg Library

A document signing station will be open in the Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh each Wednesday between the hours of 10am and 1pm, commencing on Wednesday 11th October 2017.

A registered JP will be available to certify documents, witness statutory declarations, affidavits, enduring power of attorney or signatures. JPs do not charge for this service.


What can I borrow?

  • Books, audio books, e-books and e-audio books: 4 weeks
  • DVDs, CDs and magazines: 2 weeks

All items can be renewed twice providing they are not on hold to the next borrower.

Lerderderg Library offers the following resources for our community:

  • 10 desktop public computers
  • Free WiFi (read our Acceptable Use of Internet Policy)
  • Printing, fax and copying
  • Access to laptops
  • Sports library
  • Game consoles including Xbox 360, Wii and Playstation 4 consoles
  • 2 self loan stations
  • Meeting rooms available for hire

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.

Library Programs

School Holiday Program

Bricks for Kidz School Holiday Program Activity

The library is an exciting place to learn something new and have some fun during the school holidays with a variety of activities and guest performers. 

Stay tuned for the next school holiday program activities!

1000 Books Before School


1000 Books Before School, a program which encourages parents and carers to read 1000 books with their children before they begin school,                            is now open for registration!

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. 

Throughout your journey, your child will receive special rewards at 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1000 books. 

Participating families will also be invited to special milestone events to celebrate the adventure.

Watch a video about 1000 Books Before School program

Download your reading record sheets

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Baby Bounce

Bacchus Marsh- Tuesdays 2.30pm

View program details

Rhyme Time

Bacchus Marsh- Tuesdays 10.00am

Ballan- Wednesdays 10.00am

View Program Details

Pre-School Storytime

Bacchus Marsh- Thursdays 10.30am

Ballan- Wednesdays 10.30am

View Bacchus Marsh Program Details


Calling all booklovers to join in the conversation!           

A book chat is just that – a relaxed chat about the books you’re reading or have read. Share your reading experiences with like minded people over some light refreshments.

New participants are warmly welcomed.

Lerderderg Library: Second Wednesday of each month @10am

Ballan Library: Second Friday of each month @2pm

Event Details


Movie Events

Screenings operate at the Lerderderg Library on the last Friday of the month at 10.30am,  on a wide variety of films from various genres.

View Event Details


A free monthly interactive forum, where experienced presenters facilitate enlightening conversations on social issues, philosophy, wellness and life matters with practical applications. Sessions are held the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 10am-12noon at the Lerderderg Library.

View Event Details 

Author Talk

Author talks and book signings are held throughout the year at Ballan and Bacchus Marsh by local and popular authors.

Our next Author Talk will be Heather Ellis on Thursday 23 November, 7pm-8pm at the Lerderderg Library. 

View Event Details for more information and to book.

View the Library Events and Programs Calendar

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Moorabool Festival of Stories & Peter Carey Short Story Award 2017

The Moorabool Festival of Stories event, held on the 19th and 20th May, was a great success with over 120 people attending author panel discussions, workshops, circus acts, screenwriting and student workshops, poem writing, and local book launches. The inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award winners were also announced.

On Friday night the Mayor officially opened the Festival and launched the anthology “Writings from Moorabool Writers’ Craft 2017”. The vibe was electric, the food delicious. Music, readings and chatter filled the air. This set the scene for the following festival day.

A perfect autumn day welcomed us as people gathered with open minds and energy. Those who attended were not disappointed. The event showcased the amazing talent we have locally in a variety of fields including young adult fiction, adult fiction, poetry, screenwriting, cookbooks, and anthologies. Victorian-based award-winning authors, A.S. Patrić (Black Rock, White City) and Jane Harper (The Dry), provided well-attended and inspiring sessions.

Peter Carey Award Winners Announced

It is our great pleasure to announce that the winning story is ‘Carrier’ by Cameron Weston. Catherine Padmore’s ‘To whom it may concern’ is our runner-up. Both stories have been published in a special Peter Carey Short Story Award issue of Review of Australian Fiction, which can be purchased here: An extract of ‘Carrier’ will also be published in the Moorabool News.

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MoorArt Space

Moorabool Shire Libraries offer free gallery space at the Lerderderg Library for artists, community arts groups, students and any creative individual in the wider Moorabool community to showcase their artwork. There are three spaces available including the Moor Art Space, Arena Area and a Glass Cabinet. Exhibitions are on display for one month and advanced bookings are required.

View current exhibitions

Moor Art Space Application 

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