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.

What is Dungeons & Dragons?

YPRL Staff

6 September, 2021

Dungeons & Dragons (commonly referred to as D&D) is a tabletop adventure game. It is played using pens, paper, dice, and most importantly: creativity and imagination! D&D has been around since the 1980s, and it is currently seeing a new surge of popularity among young people and adults alike.

D&D can be described as a mix of a board game, improv theatre, and telling a story with a group of friends. The players together create a shared imaginary world, with rules that make it more grounded than just “playing make-believe”.

Each player in a D&D group creates their own character: perhaps a mighty warrior, a clever thief or a powerful wizard. Each character has their own backstory and goals. Some characters can carry on for years through multiple storylines and adventures.

One member of each group will be the “Dungeon Master”. Their job is to invent the world the characters live in and the challenges they face. The Dungeon Master also plays the roles of other characters in the story, whether a helpful tavern keeper, a terrifying dragon, or anything in between.

D&D is not just an entertaining game. It also promotes a range of positive outcomes in education and personal development. For younger players, it is a form of play-based learning that teaches skills in reading, writing and mathematics. For teens, it can be a safe space to explore different identities and social situations.

One of the things that makes D&D enduringly popular is its flexibility. Some groups may focus on the mathematical strategies behind complex battle scenes. Others may be more interested in acting out drama between their fictional characters, detailing the history of their world, or simply making jokes with friends.

Learn more and get involved

D&D Rulebooks

D&D rulebooks are available for reading at Ivanhoe Library, including the Player’s Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide.

The Basic Rules are also available online at D&D Beyond.

Upcoming events

During the September school holidays, Yarra Plenty Regional Library is running an introductory session and a session on How to DMPlease register to book your spot.

Banyule Youth Services runs a monthly D&D meetup at Jets Studios in Bundoora. New players are always welcome!

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