Library services FAQs

Glen Eira Libraries are open in accordance with the Victorian government COVID-19 guidelines. Please see our FAQs below for further information. 

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

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

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

Can I enter the library if I am not vaccinated?

Yes. That is right. 

You no longer 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. 


Is there a time limit on how long I can be in the library?

There’s no time limit on your stay. 

Can I use a public PC?

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

When are BabyTimes and StoryTimes starting?

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?

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! 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 open during library opening hours.

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