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Moorabool Library Services

Library Public Holiday Closure 

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday 12 March, Labour Day Public Holiday, Friday 30 March, Good Friday Public Holiday and Monday 2 April, Easter Monday Public Holiday.  

Lerderderg Library Extended Opening Hours!

The Lerderderg Library is now open until 8.00pm on Mondays and Thursdays and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays for a trial period ending June 2018. We encourage all community members to make use of this opportunity and provide feedback.

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Library Programs

Peter Carey Short Story Award 2018

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The Peter Carey Short Story Award is back for 2018. Organised by the Moorabool Shire Council, the award is for stories between 2000 - 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. Entries close Monday March 26th.

Longlisted entries will be judged by Jane Rawson, author of the novels A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists and From the Wreck. The winning entry receives $1000, while the runner-up wins $500. Both stories will be published in the Spring 2018 edition of Meanjin.

Peter Carey Award Details

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Moorabool Shire Libraries and Moorabool Writers Craft are proud to announce the inaugural Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards. These awards aim to promote a love of writing in the Shire, and will recognise the finest young writers in the district. The competition will be open from 15 March to 15 April 2018, and will be judged by our own Allyse Near. Winners will be announced on 2 June at an afternoon tea held in conjunction with the Peter Carey Short Story Award.

Young Writers Award Details

School Holiday Program

Moorabool Shire Libraries free School Holiday Program is on again this April!

These holidays we will be entertained by with an amazing magic show;  get creative with sand art, monster bookmarks, juggling balls and a our favorite chill out zone!

Activites are free but bookings are essential by following the below links. Please contact us if you can not attend your booked session to allow for others to participate.

Bookings open 8am, Monday 12 March, 2018- Click the links below to book



 Tuesday 3rd April (BM)- 10.00am- 11am  Origami Monster Bookmarks

 Wednesday 4th April (Ballan) – 10.00 – 11am Magician     

Thursday 5th April (BM)-  10.00am- 11.00am Magician                                                                       

Friday 6th April (Ballan)- 10am – 11am Origami Monster Bookmarks


Monday 9th April (BM) – 10am – 11.00am Sand Art

Tuesday 10th April (BM)-  10am -11.30am Juggling balls

Wednesday 11th April (Ballan)- 10.00am- 11am Sand Art 

Thursday 12th April (BM) – 10am -11am  Children's Movie

Friday 13th April (Ballan) –  10am – 11am Juggling Balls

For further information please call 53667100 and speak to a childrens programs librarian.

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

(Recommences Tuesday 6 February)

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Rhyme Time

Bacchus Marsh - Tuesdays 10.00am

Ballan - Wednesdays 10.00am

(Recommences Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 February)

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Pre-School Storytime

Bacchus Marsh - Thursdays 10.30am

Ballan - Wednesdays 10.30am

(Recommences  Wednesday 7 February and Thursday 8 February)

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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

(Recommences February 2018)



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.

Our next movie session will be on Friday 23 March

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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 10.00am - 12.00noon at the Lerderderg Library.

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Author Talk

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

Stay tuned for the next Author Talk event.


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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.

Current Exhibitions 

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Lynne Jackson        Off the Cuff Poetry group

Moor Art Space Application 


    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.

    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 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 will be open in the Lerderderg Library, Bacchus Marsh each Wednesday between the hours of 10.00am and 1.00pm.

    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 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 9.00am - 2.00pm
    Sunday and Public Holidays Closed

    Ballan Library

    Address: 143 Inglis Street, 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




    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