Library News:

In line with the latest Victorian Government lockdown restrictions, all Glen Eira Libraries are open from Wednesday 28 July. Capacity limits and changes to opening hours applies. Please see our FAQs page for further information. 


Library services FAQs

In line with the latest Victorian Government lockdown restrictions, all Glen Eira Libraries are open from Wednesday 28 July however capacity limits apply. 

Live event sessions including StoryTimes and BabyTimes are postponed until Monday 9 August.

Returns chutes are available. Late fees will not be charged. 

Please see our FAQs below for further information. 

Libraries are open, however capacity limits apply. Please note, McKinnon Library and Youth Services hours differ and are currently: 10am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm Saturday and 12pm-5pm Sunday.


Caulfield Library, Corner Hawthorn and Glen Eira Roads, Caulfield

  • Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 1pm-4pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Carnegie Library and Community Centre, 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

  • Monday to Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Elsternwick Library, 4 Staniland Grove, Elsternwick

  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday to Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-1pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

McKinnon Library Pop Up, 169A McKinnon Road, McKinnon (next to the railway station) - while Bentleigh Library is closed for redevelopment. 

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm             
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

How do I reserve items?

To look for a title in our catalogue to reserve, go to Search the catalogue, then place your reservation. You will need to login with your membership number (starting with 23162 or C) and password to reserve items. 

If we do not have a book title you are interested in, please make a suggestion here and we will do our best to add it to our collection.  

 Are the returns chutes open?

Yes, the chutes are open 24 hours a day.

No late fees will be charged. 

Will I be charged late fees?

No, late fees will not be charged during this stage. In any case, if you are self-isolating or unable to leave your home because you or a family member is unwell, any late fees you incur will be waived.

Are you still running events?

Yes, we sure are, they're just online! Head to our Events Calendar to check out our live online events coming up! In-house programs will return when possible. BabyTime and StoryTime sessions have ben postponed at this time. 

Have you got any recorded content like workshops or kids activities available?

Absolutely! Head to Library@Home to see pre-recorded workshops and activities including craft for kids and adults, history research or mindfulness activities, yoga, recipe walk-throughs with cookbook authors, slime making, juggling, journaling and more!

Are the e-waste stations open?

Yes, E-waste stations are open during library opening hours. 

What if I want books but not a specific title?

Library staff are happy to create a selection of books for you (maximum of 5). 

To use this service please ring the library. Staff will allocate books and a Click and Collect time for pick-up at the appropriate branch. 

How many books and other items can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 40 items per membership (limit of two games) for 21 days. A maximum of five reservations per membership applies.

Please note: to speed up your access to these popular items, magazines, DVDs/Blu-rays and computer games are back to a seven day loan period. 

In addition, you can borrow our free e-books, movies, digital magazines, e-audio books and e-newspapers — available online 24/7.