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Library Services

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Click and collect books on offer at Moorabool libraries now. Residents can place the item they are wanting to borrow on hold from Central Highlands Libraries(link is external). When notified that the item is at Moorabool Libraries, residents can make an appointment to collect the item, by calling Council on 5366 7100 #5 for Lerderderg Library and 0419 519 650 for Ballan Library.

At this stage, residents cannot make council payments at the libraries. 


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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

The Peter Carey Short Story Award has now closed. With current Library closures in place, Moorabool Libraries and the Peter Carey Short Story Awards organising committee are working on a format to deliver/announce winners. We aim to deliver this as planned on Saturday 13 June 2020. Details to be announced soon.

Longlist announcement. 

The Peter Carey Short Story Award is thrilled to announce its longlist for 2020.

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year unlike any another. And so we were delighted to receive well over 300 entries for this year’s award – our highest number of entries yet – from writers all across Australia. It is a fantastic tribute to both the ongoing influence of Peter Carey, and the strength and resilience of the Australian short-storytelling community. The longlist of 18 stories and their writers is as follows:

Alice Mantel - ‘Once Were Three Sisters’

Allanah Hunt - ‘The Doll’

Allee Richards - ‘Tight Lines’

Andrew Roff - ‘Bock Bock’

Angela Savage - ‘The Black Feather’

George McElroy - ‘Company’

Charlotte Guest - ‘Flight Mode’

Deborah Wardle - ‘Love Letters’

Jenni Mazaraki - ‘Caravan’

Joseph Earp - ‘The Cockatoo’

Katerina Gibson - ‘Preparation’

Mirandi Riwoe - ‘What Would Kim Do’

Morna Seres - ‘The Boy on the Blue Bike’

Myles McGuire - ‘Youth in Chiaroscuro’

Rebecca Slater - ‘Prawn Fishing with Medusa’

Samantha-Ellen Bound - ‘Splinter’

Scott Limbrick - ‘Flames’

Tanya Vavilova - ‘Jobs Galore’

Shortlist will be announced on Friday May 29th.

Winner to be announced on Saturday June 13th.

Thank you and good luck to all that entered.


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Moorabool Young Writers' Awards

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

With current Library closures in place, Moorabool Libraries and the Young Writers' organising committee are working on a format to deliver/announce winners. We aim to deliver this as planned on Saturday 13 June 2020. Details to be announced soon.


Moorabool Makers


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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 9.00am - 12noon.

We 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 hardware, 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 is available every Wednesday in the Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh, between the hours of 10.00am and 12noon.

A registered JP will be available to certify documents, witness statutory declarations, affidavits, enduring power of attorney or signatures. This is a free service.


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


All Moorabool Shire Council Library branches are currently closed. All loans have been extended until the 1st of June 2020.


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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