Brimbank libraries helping isolated residents to connect

Brimbank City Council is offering library services in new ways to help the community stay connected while library doors are temporarily physically closed to the public.

Council’s libraries are expanding the Home Library Service by introducing the ‘To Your Door’ home delivery service for books and resources to all residents. Storytime and other library programs are being delivered to participants online.

‘Our libraries are meeting places that bring our community together to read, listen, engage, learn, grow and connect with the world. Even though library doors are closed, our libraries will be providing innovative ways to access collections, programs and information to support our community,’ Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou said.

‘Libraries change lives – we want to continue offering our much-loved library programming and services to residents as much as possible during the coronavirus crisis.

‘Sometimes there’s no replacing holding a book in your hand or reading a story to your child with others, our members have told us, so we’re offering this by popular demand.’

Parents, grandparents, carers and children including toddlers and babies can now clap, rhyme, dance and sing along to their favourite songs and stories by joining the Brimbank Libraries Storytime Facebook group.

Library programs will be delivered online where possible, including Resume Help, Practice Your English sessions and After School Activity Zone games and craft activities.

As part of the ‘Brimbank Library to your Door’ service, staff will deliver books, audio resources and DVDs to residents’ homes, while maintaining safe social distancing practices.

Not sure what you want to read? Call your local library and talk to our friendly staff, who will search the shelves and find something that’s right for you. There is also a wealth of e-books, audio books and other electronic resources available to access online.

Online offerings will aim to mirror normal programming as much as possible during this time.

For more information on Library to Your Door, schedules and how to access online programming online.

Additional information

While Brimbank libraries remain closed to the public we have made some changes:

  • All items that were due in the last 60 days have now been renewed until 1 May 2020
  • You can still return your items at any time through the return chutes which remain open 24/7
  • You can hold onto large items such as toys that do not fit in the returns chute until we reopen
  • The renewal limit has been increased from 2 to 3. You can renew your items online through the library website or by calling any Brimbank library
  • No fines apply for overdue items at this time

If operations have not returned to normal by the new due date for items we will re-assess and further extend due dates.

Brimbank Libraries have online resources you can access.

If you have questions on how to access these resources or general enquiries you can call libraries and speak to staff between 9am and 5pm, Monday-Friday

  • Deer Park Library - 9249 4660
  • St Albans Library - 9249 4650 (will answer questions from Keilor residents)
  • Sunshine Library - 9249 4640
  • Sydenham Library - 92494680