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.
Storytime is now available online!
Join our wonderful storytime hosts each week for baby, toddler and preschool storytime sessions, available to watch via our Facebook Page.
YPRL is proud to share the library storytime experience by promoting Australian Books and Reading through the ALIA and Australia Reads Online Storytime Agreement. The pilot agreement enables YPRL to include children and families who cannot come to storytime sessions at our branches — for example, where both parents are working and cannot attend their local library — as well as socially disadvantaged areas where transport options are limited, and to support rural and remote areas.
The benefit of online storytime is in engaging children and their families in building early literacy skills and encouraging a love of reading.
Parents and carers are a child’s first teacher, and reading at home is key to early childhood literacy. Children read to six or seven times a week have a literacy level nearly a year ahead of children who are not read to at home.
Here is some feedback we have received recently:
"Working full time we love watching Digital Storytime, we have even borrowed books from those sessions" - Sarah, Doreen
"I have been coming to storytime in branch for years and we love it, during lockdown our morning tea would be sitting and watching Storytime at YPRL, we loved watching other people reading and now we have visited other branches to see them. Thank you YPRL for this great service and my family have really benefited from this" - Robert, Mill Park
"No one tells you about how important reading is? Thank goodness for the local library giving me tips and information on how important reading is for my new born. During lockdown I had my son and I never knew how important rhyme and reading was." - Helen, Donnybrook