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24-hour phone renewals and library information available

Call 9209-6655 any time for renewals & information – just have your library card handy! To speak to a staff member, call during opening hours and dial 0.



What's happening at St Kilda Library?

St.Kilda library is undergoing a refresh in response to user feedback and to make way for the introduction of new services and technologies.

What are the changes?
The Library service is introducing self-service loans and collection security at St.Kilda branch via RFID technology. This will allow staff to deliver an enhanced customer and information services to our borrowers from our new information pods

RFID – what is it?
It stands for Radio Frequency IDentification. RFID technology is used around the world in many places:
• Warehouses and transport
• Veterinary Surgeries (micro-chipped pets)
• Airlines
• Hospitals
and many Libraries worldwide!

How does RFID work in the library context?
RFID helps us to manage the items in our collection. It uses radio signals and tags to track and monitor items instead of barcode scanning. It is much faster and more efficient. Items located at STK branch collection will now be more secure with the introduction of our new security gates

What does RFID mean for me?
RFID technologies enable faster borrowing of collection items at the St.Kilda Library by allowing for multiple items to be ‘checked-out’ in one go. It reduces queues by allowing members to ‘do it themselves’ at our self-serve kiosks.

Do I need my card?
Yes you do. Otherwise you will need to type in your borrower number and pin or unique username and pin. If you do not have a card or do not know your pin just ask a staff member to provide you with a new one

What about staff jobs? Will there be less staff to help me?
No, self-service via RFID technology is not introduced to reduce staff numbers. Along with our collections our staff are our best asset. Staff will continue to be here to help you as required.

What about Privacy?
PPLS has always safeguarded privacy and membership records. Our normal data protection precautions are in place and will remain so. You will continue to use your normal barcode membership card or membership number to borrow.

What if I don’t know how to use the kiosks next time I visit the library?
The process for borrowing is very simple - via 3 easy steps - outlined for you at the kiosk. We will have staff on hand to help you

Can I do anything else when I’m at the self-service kiosks?
Yes, besides issuing your loans, you will be notified of reservations. You can also check your account, renew existing loans and unlock your DVDs/CDs


Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

The City of Port Phillip plans to expand and refurbish the current Emerald Hill Library to become the Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre. This project will provide: more space for library services; more books, DVDs and CDs; a new focus for local history and cultural heritage services; and better access for community groups.

Proposed plans were available for consultation until Monday 28 November 2011. It is proposed that a decision regarding the proposed plans will be made at a public Council meeting to be held on 12 December 2011.

You can view the proposed plans, artist's impressions, the fact sheet and services information sheet on the Council website

Events in the library

We have a number of events coming up, so why not check out the Events page and book yourself in before you miss out. Programs in languages other than English can be found on the LOTE Services page.



National Year of Reading 2012

2012 is the National Year of Reading and Australian libraries are linking together all the great things that are already happening around books, reading and literacy, and giving them an extra boost, with inspirational programs and events taking place across the country. To find out more got to our Events page.



New Online Resources

We've added two new databases to our Online Reference Centre!

Mango is a complete online language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages, ie. Spanish, French, German, Japanese and many, many more. It’s so fast and easy, you’ll be able to have a real conversation in your new language in just minutes!


This is an online newspaper kiosk. You can browse and read hundreds of full content premium newspapers and magazines from around the globe, such as The Age, The New York Times, the Daily Telegraph and so many more! Gain access to newspapers from home and around the world on the day they are published, often before they hit the news stands!


To access these resources you just need to go to our Online Reference Centre


Are you looking for... 

Audio eBooks?


All you have to do is go to the catalogue audio eBook link where you are able to download up to 10 audiobooks from Ebsco or 4 audiobooks from Bolinda. Don't forget to have your library card ready to log in.



Print eBooks to borrow?

We now have a small and growing eBook collection provided by Overdrive.  Most of the eBooks are treated like normal books in that you "borrow" them from us, but instead of having to return them they will simply stop loading after the loan period is over. More information is available on our library catalogue.



Print eBooks to own?

We've loaded a few thousand records from the enormous Gutenberg Project (36,000 books and counting) onto our catalogue. You can find out more information and access this collection from the library catalogue. For even more titles including many foreign languages visit the Gutenberg Project and Project Gutenberg Australia for more Australian content. 



Streaming audio?

Perhaps music is more your thing. We now subscribe to Alexander Street Press where you can access Classical, Jazz and American Folk music from the library catalogue. This is not a downloadable collection, it can only be streamed within your web browser.


Make Your Own Internet and Facility Bookings Online!

You can now place online bookings for all of our library facilities (internet PCs, consoles, study rooms etc).

Bookings can be made using the following website:

Remember to ask a staff member to set up a password on your library record if you don't already have one. You'll need it to place your bookings!



Photo Galleries on Flickr

Have you missed programs we've run in the library? Why not have a look at our Flickr Photo Sets.


More information

For more information contact us by phoning 9209-6655, email to give us feedback online or call in to your nearest library branch.