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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



Benjamin MacEllen is a memoirist, performer, public speaker, playwright and activist.

Ben MacEllen will join us for our first virtual BacchChat to discuss his memoir ‘A Cut Closer to Whole’, his play ‘Transmansplaining’, and his perspective on feminism, being a transgender man, and the importance of queer storytelling.”

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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

Movies in the Marsh Online is back again and we need your help picking the next movie.

Head on over to our Facebook page to make your selection.

The winner will be announced on the first Friday of the month, and available to watch through Kanopy with your Library Card.

Contact Moorabool Libraries to find out how to stream movies through Kanopy now.

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Moorabool Makers

Interested in joining our Moorabool Makers Online? Contact the Library to find our how.

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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.



Public Policies


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Locations and Opening Times


Ballan Library

Ph: 0419 519 650

Monday: 1.00-4.30

Wednesday: 9.30-1.00

Friday: 9.30-4.30


Lerderderg Library

Ph: 5366 7100 #5

Monday to Friday: 10.00-4.30


Outreach Service: Rural Library Van by arrangement only. Contact Ballan Library on 0419 519 650


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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