Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, YPRL branches will only open for contactless Click & Collect services until restrictions ease.

Services will open a little later than normal on Monday – Friday, at 9.30am, and close a little later, at 7.00pm, Monday – Thursday (with Whittlesea and Diamond Valley to close earlier on some days).

Unfortunately the Outreach Vehicle will not be operating throughout the lockdown.

The Mobile Library will offer contactless Click & Collect service from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday - Friday, from various locations.

Our 24/7 return chutes will remain open and all holds and item due dates have been extended until after restrictions end and users may continue to place holds on the collection.

About YPRL

Hello! We’d like to introduce and welcome you to Yarra Plenty Regional Library — a library service that operates in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Welcome to Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Our library is a place that is open, accessible, inclusive and free to all residents of Victoria. We provide the space and resources to help entertain, inform and delight you. Our branches can be found across the local government areas of Banyule, Nillumbik, and Whittlesea.

If you’re looking for a space to study, catch up with a friend, or just need to stay out of the weather for a few hours, we’re here for that too.

We look forward to welcoming you into one of our branches or helping you find something online soon.

Our Collection

Our collection includes a wide range of physical books, magazines, newspapers and DVDs that you can borrow and take home. We also have a large collection of digital materials that can be accessed online with your membership.

The loan period for most items is 3 weeks, and you can take out up to 30 items per library card. Items from our Book Express service can only be loaned for 1 week.

We no longer charge overdue fees for items returned after the due date.

Events

Throughout the year we run a range of events and workshops for all ages.

From our Storytime sessions to help your child’s brain development, to our program of activities for school-aged children; we also offer book clubs, social groups, maker workshops, and special events with writers, thinkers, and creators.

Visit our Events page to see what is coming up.

Our History

Yarra Plenty Regional Library (YPRL) was founded in the mid-1960s when the former City of Heidelberg agreed to provide library services to the former Shire of Eltham. Later, the former Shire of Diamond Valley and the Shire of Whittlesea joined the regional group. In 1995, following changes in local government boundaries, the new municipalities of Banyule, Nillumbik, and Whittlesea continued their support for the regional library service and Yarra Plenty was one of the first regions incorporated under Section 196 of the Victorian Local Government Act 1989.

Since 1997, YPRL has also been providing computer services to the Murrindindi Library Service, including full access to our library’s database.

Our Vision and Objectives

Informed creative communities: connected and empowered

We will provide opportunities for our diverse communities to read, learn, create and connect, supported by equitable access to collections, technology, programs and welcoming and safe spaces. We aim to be the 'third space' after home and work or education, and to be regarded as the community lounge room.

Our Values

Respect: for all, promoting connection & fairness
Integrity: honest & trustworthy
Service: community focused, accessible & valued by our customers & team members
Empower: supportive, innovative & inclusive of diversity of thought

Our Focus Areas are

  • Collections
  • Public Participation
  • People and Culture
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure and Innovation
  • Finance and Governance 

We aim to:

  • Provide free access to dynamic collections which inform and delight;
  • Inspire our diverse communities to participate in empowering activities and learning opportunities;
  • Invest in our people and culture because they are the heart of everything we do;
  • Advocate for greater awareness of and investment in the powerful and transforming story of our public libraries;
  • Create innovative digital and physical infrastructure to deliver sector leading services;
  • Optimise public value through sustainable financial management and governance.
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