Good news! Elsternwick Library reopened on Thursday 1 December following a period of essential maintenance works. Head to our latest news section for more information.

Library services FAQs


Opening Hours

Caulfield Library, Corner Hawthorn and Glen Eira Roads, Caulfield

  • Monday: 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 10am-8pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 1pm-4pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm


Carnegie Library and Community Centre, 7 Shepparson Avenue, Carnegie

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-9pm
  • 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

Update: Elsternwick Library will reopen at 10am on Thursday 1 December following a period of essential maintenance.  The returns chute will be available from Wednesday 30 November.


Bentleigh Library, 161 Jasper Road, Bentleigh


  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-9pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm


NOW CLOSED: McKinnon Library Pop Up, 169A McKinnon Road, McKinnon 


McKinnon Library pop-up library is now closed as Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub is now open.


Services and returns chute are available at Caulfield, Bentleigh and Carnegie libraries - and we are always open online.


Check out our full FAQ for more information and follow us on social media for updates.



Can I enter the library if I am not vaccinated?

Yes. That is right. 

You do not need to show evidence of vaccination status to enter the library.

Do I need to wear a mask in the library?

Masks are no longer required, but please wear one if you are unable to social distance or if it makes you feel more comfortable. 


Can I use a public PC?

Yes, you can! 1hr PC bookings are available.  Self-service printing, scanning and copying is available.

Are you running BabyTimes and StoryTimes?

BabyTime and Storytime sessions are back at the library! Head to our BabyTime and Storytime pages for session times.

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. 

Please note reservations are held for seven (7) days.

How long can I have my library items for?

DVDs, Blu-rays, magazines and games – 1 week loan

Books and talking books – 3 week loan

Are the returns chutes open?

The return chutes at Bentleigh, Carnegie, and Caulfield are open 24 hours a day.

The returns chute at Elsternwick will be closed from 5pm on Sunday 30 October for approximately four weeks as the building undergoes essential maintenance. 


Will I be charged late fees?

Yes, we have reinstated overdue fees of 25 cents per item per day for all items borrowed from 1 September.

Are you running events?

Yes, we sure are! Head to our Events Calendar to check out all the events coming up! 

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 available during library opening hours.

An E-waste station will be available soon at Bentleigh Library.

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 ten reservations per membership applies.

DVDs, Blu-Rays, magazines and games (limit of 2 games) – 1 week loan

Books and talking books – 3 week loan

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