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A-Z eLibrary



Aged Care Guide

Describes options for home and community care, retirement living and residential aged care. Extensive information includes detailed listings for facilities, services and aged care providers, information about eligibility and costs. Read and leave reviews.

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Ancestry Library Edition eLibrary Family History e-Resources Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource. Search more than 11 billion records from around the world. Access Ancestry Library Edition on any computer in every library or via your mobile device with Library WiFi.  In addition, Ancestry have curated a selection of free records sets for you to explore.

For a limited time Library members can log in with their library card and pin and use from home.

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Animalia Digital Books & Reading eBooks eLibrary Library Card Required.

Graeme Base’s Animalia is here!

The much loved Animalia by Graeme Base has moved from print form into the digital space. 

Designed to complement and augment the printed book, Animalia Digital is an interactive digital program which takes the magic of the book into new and exciting areas of learning. The program includes engaging digital read-throughs and levelled activities, games and puzzles focusing on literacy and language for children aged 5-12.

Just download it to your tablet, enter your library membership number and begin. There's a handy app for tablets available through itunes app store or android google play or there are PC options (Mac installer or Windows setup)


For more than 30 years the beautiful stories and artwork of Graeme Base have captivated readers all over the world. Now, in a series of special releases, these beloved books are brought to life in a wonderful new way, narrated by the author himself. Suitable for all ages.

The Waterhole, Jungle Drums, Uno’s Garden, The Eleventh Hour, Eye to Eye and Animalia.

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Anzac Portal eLibrary Family History e-Resources New!

Tells the history of Australians serving in the defence forces though veterans's experiences. A number of history publications, war history websites, a digital exhibition and veteran interviews provide a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime experiences, both on the frontline and on the home front.  Includes resources for students.


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Audio Archive Music

The Audio Archive library is an online resource hosting music recordings and audio ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of the music and audio files are available to download for free or for streaming.  Content is available in English and a number of other languages.

The use the Audio Archive Library you need a PC with internet access, your own account and then you can begin to listen.

Download our guide to using the Audio Archive here

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Aussie Driver eLibrary

Preparing to sit your VicRoads learners test and need to be ultra-confident that you will pass? You’ll be ready when you practice using these simulated learners tests. Designed to look and feel just like the real thing, it will evaluate your knowledge of road rules, traffic regulations, as well as vehicle and road safety, all of which you will need to know to pass the learners permit test and drive on Victoria’s roads. Also available to Murrindindi Shire Borrowers.

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Australian Aboriginal History Podcast series New!

This 13 part podcast series provides listeners with insights into Australia’s Colonial past and makes First Nations history the dominant narrative. In doing so, it acknowledges the rights of our First Nations people to land and sea. It allows a wider audience to understand the impacts of government policies and frontier conflicts on First Nations people, and it embraces and celebrates the stories of Indigenous success and contribution. Presented by Emeritus Professor Richard Broome, LaTrobe University and Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

The lectures, with lecture notes and other resources will be added weekly from June 2020.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics eLibrary

Access statistical data from the most recent census including census maps. Most publications are available for free, and will download in PDF format. Locate the publication of interest and click download - the file should automatically begin downloading in PDF format to your computer. Please note that some files may be large and may take some time to download.

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Australian Drug Foundation

ADF is as a resource for those seeking to research information around alcohol and other drugs – for example someone may want to understand the effects of methamphetamine or the newish-kid-on-the-block mephedrone; someone might want to investigate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy in addressing cannabis dependence; or they may be interested in understanding the impact of exposure to alcohol advertising on children. It includes links to scholarly articles as well as some other material, and is best for those library users who are wanting to do more in depth study.

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Banyule 100

This project aims to cast a spotlight on 100 significant people in the City of Banyule community – those who are either young people aged between 12 and 25 or adults contributing positively to the lives of young people. It celebrates all that is positive about young people – their contribution to our community, their talents, opinions and achievements.

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Banyule Heartland of the Wurindjeri

The Wurundjeri willam and their land were inseparable. Everything (identity, beliefs, and way of life) was intricately woven into the fabric of Banyule and beyond. This booklet published about 2011 by the City of Banyule discusses the clans and their lands, results of an archaeological study of the municipality, an interpretation of what was discovered and the responsibility of conserving this heritage. It includes generous illustrations from various organisations.

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Banyule Heritage Database

The Banyule Heritage Database is a searchable online database that contains information about properties and precincts in the Banyule Heritage Overlay. The information in the database is extracted from various heritage studies completed for the City of Banyule.

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Better Health Channel eLibrary Mobile Apps

The Better Health Channel is a government website that provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing.

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Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program of BirdLife Australia focused on the birds that live where people live. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats.

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Birrarung Stories eLibrary New!

The Birrarung Stories by Jim Poulter are a collection of stories published for the Warrandyte Diary Community Newspaper in order to share and take pride in our Australian Aboriginal history and heritage.

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British Library Newspapers Family History e-Resources Library Card Required.

British Library Newspapers part of Gale Historical Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society. 1741 - 1950.  Newspapers are fully text searchable, view entire pages or individual articles and save, bookmark, e-mail and print results. Enter your library card number to access from home.

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British Newspapers Archive Family History e-Resources Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Millions of pages of historical newspapers from the United Kingdom and Ireland are continually being added here from 1708 to 2003.  Search articles by keyword, name, location, date or title. Please note: Researchers are asked to register  with an email address and password when using the BNA, and to sign in when they access the database each time. You will be able to save personal searches, bookmark articles and more. Login to access these at each visit and go to the "my research" tab.

If you need some help starting your research on The Archive watch their special video to help you make the most out of the Archive.

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Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques

Learn about and understand the items, manufacturers, designers and periods as well as the specialist terms used in describing antiques and collectables. Browse by a list of items (arranged alphabetically) or click on a category from the Learn tab. All items include a professionally photographed image.

Carter's Publications have been publishing price guides on art antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design for 32 years, and include prices on items from 1500 BC to the present day, with a price range of $5 to over one million dollars.  Search the database and view the images, but to display the prices and dealer details, a subscription is necessary.

CFA Fire Ready Kit

The Fire Ready Kit is a detailed and comprehensive resource. It is designed to help you plan for survival, beginning with the basics of preparing before the fire season, through to planning what to do if fire is in your area and you cannot leave. Other resources are also here.

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Choice Magazine Magazines & Journals Library Card Required.

CHOICE Magazine helps community members by delivering expert, unbiased information you can trust on products and services (eg. latest and greatest TV, phone, washing machine, solar panels and more).

Back issues of CHOICE magazine are available. To access back issues on your desktop or laptop computer, open the most recent issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item in the right column to see all available issues. To access back issues on your mobile device, open the most recent issue of a magazine and select the All Issues menu item from the menu in the top left corner to see all available issues.

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CodeCombat eLibrary

CodeCombat is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game.

Our courses have been specifically play tested to excel in the classroom, even by teachers with little to no prior programming experience.

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Connected Space eLibrary

Developed by Relationships Australia Victoria this site provides a range of tip sheets (knowhows) for young people. Ask a question, tips for taking care of yourself and more. 

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Learn from renowned professors, watch high quality lectures online, achieve mastery via interactive assignments, and collaborate with a global community of students.

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Cybersafety eLibrary

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides children, parents and teachers with information and resources to help children and young people stay safe online. Australian children under the age of 18 who have experienced serious cyberbullying can report the material to the Office. Specific information about the complaints process is available on the Office’s website.

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Darrabi Garden

The Darrabi Native Food & Reconciliation Garden was opened in May 2007 as a joint initiative of Nillumbik Reconciliation Group and Hurstbridge Primary School. The word Darrabi means awaken, Darrabi was established to help awaken and educate children and visitors to the wisdom of indigenous culture, and the usefulness of our native plants.

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Deadly Story New!

A resource for Aboriginal children and young people, and others to learn about Aboriginal culture and identity. Includes tools and templates for carers and practitioners and news section.

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Dementia Guide, The New!

The Dementia Guide is an important resource for any person impacted by any form of dementia, of any age. Learn about dementia and the treatments, support and services available. The Dementia Guide may also be useful to the friends, families and carers of people living with dementia, as it contains information about the impact dementia may have on a person, the treatment, support and services they may need, as well as for anyone taking on a caring role. Download from Dementia Australia

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Department of Health & Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services is a government department responsible for health, ambulance services, families and children, youth affairs, public housing, disability, ageing, mental health and sport policy in the state of Victoria, Australia.

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EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

The Encyclopedia of Australian Science is a register of the people and the many industries, corporations, research institutions, scientific societies and other organisations that have contributed to Australia's scientific, technological and medical heritage, with references to their archival materials and a bibliography of their historical published literature.

Explore the role these people and organisations have played in transforming science into processes, objects, buildings, and products that influence our lives and contribute to the development of our nation. Find out where they worked, who they worked with, what they worked on and what they achieved.

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Includes The Online Safety, Start the Chat campaign helping everyone is a child's life to have a conversation about online safety. Resources and information and how to make a report.

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eSafetyWomen is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences. The eSafetyWomen resources aim to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving women the tools they need to be confident when online.

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FamilySearch Family History e-Resources

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world.  Millions of people use this free website to access records, resources and services to learn more about their family history.  The historical records collection spans billions of names across hundreds of international collections including birth, marriage, death, probate, learn, military and more.  An enhanced search feature allows searches by location, event, collection and parents.  Access user submitted genealogies, the catalogue includes billions of records on microfilm which are progressively being digitised and indexed.  Family History Books includes over 80,000 digitised family history publications.  A Research Wiki, Research course, discussion forums and online assistance can also be accessed here.

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Find My Past Family History e-Resources

Discover billions of historical records from around the world, covering Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the United States. Records for your research in Victoria include electoral rolls (name or address search), birth, death and marriage indexes, Petty Session registers, Victoria Police Gazette, Passenger lists and more.

Access the Library Edition via any of Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s public computers or through our free Wi-Fi.  Please note we have a limited seat licence. If you are unable to gain access, wait 15 minutes and try again.

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Fitzroy Law Handbook

Established in the basement of the Fitzroy Town Hall, the Fitzroy legal service opened its doors in 1972.  The Fitzroy Law handbook now online covers a wide range of topics made easy to understand.  Celebrating its 40th edition in 2018

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Flickr: Yarra Plenty Regional Library Local History eLibrary

Browse or search over 4,200 contemporary and historical images relating to our area on this popular photo sharing website. Albums include The Fay Thomas Collection documenting the family of Mernda pioneer Moses Thomas, The Alice Broadhurst Collection documenting the 16th Australian General Hospital at Mont Park after World War One, The aftermath of Black Saturday, The construction of the WaterMarc complex in Greensborough, local war memorials and more.  Create an account and add comments and upload, organise, tag, edit and annotate your own photos.

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Flora of Victoria Encyclopedias

A new online guide removes the guesswork when it comes to identifying flora. The Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria have published the world's first online "horticultural flora" a compendium of information on the 8700 different types of plants being cultivated in south-eastern Australia. The guide provides plant profiles and identification tools for many of the cultivars of every plant - native and exotic - growing in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, NSW and south-eastern QLD. It includes descriptions of the plants, their origin and general history, and contains illustrations that highlight a plants identifying features. There are also botanical keys to follow a sequence of identification steps and the names of parks and gardens where you can see them growing. Encyclopedic in approach , the online flora digitises the information in the five-volume, 2700 page Horticultural flora of Southeastern Australia. 

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Gale Historical Newspapers Family History e-Resources Library Card Required.

Explore over 400 years of Gale historical newspapers from the UK including the British Library newspapers series.  Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003, the Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016, the Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 and the Times Digital Archive, 1785 - 2013.  Newspapers are fully text searchable, view entire pages or individual articles and save, bookmark, e-mail and print results. Access various collections, via this single search platform or via their individual URLS. Access from home with your library card. Enter your library card number to access from home.

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Gale Primary Resources Library Card Required.

Also known as British Library Newspapers part of Gale Historical Newspapers, contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society. 1741 - 1950.  Newspapers are fully text searchable, view entire pages or individual articles and save, bookmark, e-mail and print results. Enter your library card number to access from home.

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First Languages Australia is working with regional language centres nationally to develop a map of Australian languages that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community.

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Gawa Wurundjeri Resource Trail

The Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail is near Watsons Creek on the Eltham-Yarra Glen Road and is part of the Panton Hill Bushland Reserves System. It provides a self-guided 340 metre looped trail, with markers explaining how the Wurundjeri clan of about 50 people lived near the creek, and used the land to obtain bush foods, medicines, implements, shelter and clothes. This resource provided by the Nillumbik Reconciliation Group provides a map and further information which is also provided on the trail markers.

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Goodreads Books & Reading

Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. See what your friends are reading, organise what you've read, list your favourite books, discuss literature, form groups, and connect with other readers.

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Free Australian health advice provides introductory information about a range of common health concerns, including over 1,250 health topics, plus information about medicines. Further information is provided by links to leading Australian health organisations.

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Historic Homes Family History e-Resources

PROV holds a wide variety of records for researching buildings and properties in Victoria. Are you embarking on renovations and want to pay respect to your home’s heritage? Maybe you’re just keen to find out who built the house or who lived there long before you did? This research guide, developed in collaboration with Ballarat City Council, provides an introduction to what government records can reveal when trying to discover the hidden history of a home.

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Home Care: A Guide to your consumer rights

Following a change in the way funding is organised for home aged care, called consumer directed care, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has developed this educational resource aimed to help older Australian's understand their consumer rights when receiving home care. 

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Inside a Dog Books & Reading

Inside a Dog is to be a virtual home for Australia’s bookish teens. It is a bright, fresh place for sharing reviews, creative writing, book news and more.There are lots of spaces where book lovers of all ages can come together to share their love of YA, but few which are for the ‘young adults’ the category is all about. This is part of the reason only 12-18 year olds can be registered users of this site. But adults can still read all published content on the site, keep up with Inky Awards information  and general news, but you won’t be able to write content, comment or enter our competitions. 

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Instructables is a site that lets you explore, document and share your creations. Browse through thousands of creations and learn how to build and make almost anything.

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Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Jean Hailes is a leader in women’s health. They believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing for all women in Australia throughout their lives. This resource provides fact sheets and more with a Health A-Z on topics including bladder & bowel, bone health, breast health, cardiovasuclar health, endrometriosis, fertility & pregnancy, health checks, healthy living, indigenous health, menopause, mental and emotional health, natural therapies & supplements, PCOS, Periods, sex & sexual health and more.  Explore Podcasts, recipes, webinars and more.

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Jigsaw Planet eLibrary New!

YPRL is pleased to announce the launch of our very own page on Jigsaw Planet showcasing images from our local history collection you can do from home.  We have created a variety of puzzles suitable for all ages and levels of experiences, including puzzles with pieces that rotate.   Choose from an album from where you live, our libraries album or from any featured on our landing page.

Create an account and keep a log of the puzzles you complete and your best times.  Search for themes you like or pick from the random or featured puzzles from the home page for more fun

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Job Guide Online eLibrary

Job Guide is written mainly for students.  It provides information about a wide range of occupations and the education and training pathways that lead to them. It also includes useful information on the job search process, provides details of available government assistance and suggests where to go for further information.

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Justice Connect

Assists in connecting those who cannot afford a legal practitioner by linking them to online resources, both specialist and generalist services.  Browse or search for self-representation, not-for-profit, Seniors, Homeless, Public Interest and Domestic Building.

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Kanopy eLibrary Mobile Apps Movies Library Card Required.


Please note Kanopy is currently not working. We are working on the issue and hope to have it resolved soon.

We're sorry for the inconvenience. Please explore our other streaming options

Kanopy offers “thoughtful entertainment” with a library of thousands of movies, documentaries and TV series.  It offers videos for recreation and education. Movies come in 70+ languages and there’s even a Kanopy Kids section with content from ABC Kids.

You can watch up to 6 films monthly on your TV, mobile phone, tablets or online.

Download our guide to using Kanopy

For more information check our Kanopy FAQ page.

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KHAN Academy eLibrary

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone.

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Koorie Heritage Trust

The Trust's purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the indigenous culture of South Eastern Australia and in doing so, bridge the cultural gap between Koories and the wider community. They also provide a family history service.

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Law Handbook eLibrary

The Handbook is fully searchable, contains thorough legislation and case indexes, contact information for relevant legal services, and helpful pop-up definitions of legal terms.  Contents Page links introduce different areas of the law, providing a useful starting point.

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Local Food Connect

Local Food Connect covers all matters food in North East Melbourne. It includes a local food directory, calendar of events, information about food justice, community gardening, growing guides, recipes and more. The News post on the homepage is updated regularly.

Found In: Mobile Apps Library Card Required. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos.

Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals.

These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.

Download our guide to using

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Making History

An online learning resource from Museums Victoria to support students, individuals and community groups to investigate and create a short digital history.  This resource guides you through the process to research, produce and share a digital history about a person or event.  Follow the modules to research, create and share family and community stories.

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Millions, The

Offers reviews on books, arts and culture and is touted by the New York Times as “The indispensable literary site”. Also includes a new release Tuesday blog post.

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Money Smart

MoneySmart by ASIC offers free, independent guidance so you can make most of your money. The site has smart tips on dealing with the ups and downs of life: losing your job, having a baby, divorce or separation, buying a home, losing your partner and many more.


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Mont Park to Springthorpe

Explores the former Mont Park Hospital and Asylum, Macleod and its environment, the heritage-listed buildings, its significant landscape design, social and cultural history, hospital and psychiatric care history, indigenous history, significant historical figures and includes interviews with people associated with the area in the past. A new feature includes self-guided heritage walks.

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My Aged Care

The starting point to access Australian Government funded services for aged care. Myagedcare can help you find out about the types of aged care services available,  your eligibility for services, service providers in your area, costs you may need to pay, quality in aged care, advocacy services, how to make a complaint and more.

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myDr eLibrary

myDr provides is an Australian online site which provides comprehensive articles and topical items of interest about a wide variety of diseases and conditions, tests and treatments, health and fitness issues, and medications. Search for a health professional in your area using several criteria, including specialty and gender.

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myGov is a fast and simple way to access government services online. A secure myGov account lets you link a range of Australian Government services and access them all in one place.

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National Construction Code eLibrary

The National Construction Code contains technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures. The NCC requires users to complete a registration process before receiving access to the NCC Online website.

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NCACL Cultural Diversity database

The University of Canberra’s National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Inc. has launched a Cultural Diversity Database which contains 340 Australian children's books aimed at children from birth through late secondary.

All books are linked to both the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework (as appropriate to individual books) while also identifying 'key concepts', audience levels more generally and other features such as annotations and jacket covers for each book.

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Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a research institute and leader in brain and nervous system research.  Read the latest research on reducing your dementia risk, how strength and balance can protect against falls and the importance of sleep as we age. "Your Health" provides information on various topics including anxiety, back pain, dementia, depression, falls prevention, pain and more.

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Nillumbik Heritage Guide

This guide provides histories of some of the important historical sites in the Shire of Nillumbik.  Maps identify the location of sites in different areas.  These maps can be used as the basis for self-guided journeys.

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North East Link

North East Link will fix the missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network, connecting the M80 with an upgraded Eastern Freeway. It will be a safe and efficient freeway connection for up to 135,000 vehicles a day, linking key growth areas in the north and south-east.  An important step in the North East Link project was the release of a North East Link Environment Effects Statement (EES) Report developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). This report looks at the possible impacts of the construction of the North East Link.

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Open2Study delivers free, high-quality education online. You can study subjects with real value, and in just four weeks you can learn something new, explore the next step in your career, challenge yourself or simply satisfy your curiosity. These subjects are provided by leading Australian institutions, and are taught by academics and leading industry professionals who love to teach. All you need is an internet connection and the desire to study.

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Our Eltham Artistic Reflections

Our Eltham Artistic Reflections is a collection of panels that was commissioned by the Eltham Cemetery Trust as part of its vision to offer the community a fresh and unique relationship to the cemetery.  Thirty one panels were produced depicting historical images of Eltham and the nearby area with images of indigenous flowers and plants.

A majority of the images were provided to the collaborating artists in digital form by Yarra Plenty Regional Library in partnership with Eltham District Historical Society.  The panels were unveiled on September 21, 2017.

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OverDrive/ Libby eAudiobooks eBooks Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

OverDrive hosts a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, available for download to your computer or mobile device.

Have a smartphone or tablet? Great! There's an app that makes borrowing digital eBooks and eAudiobooks free and easy.

The OverDrive app is called Libbyopens a new window! Why not try it today?

Need help?

For e-book download instructions click here and for eAudiobook download instructions click here. For Overdrive-compatible eBook devices and platforms click here.

eAudiobooks on Mac are no longer supported by Overdrive.  Click here for some other great suggestions!

Download our guide to using Libby

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Personal Digital Archive Toolkit

NSLA (National and State Libraries Australia) have produced a Personal Digital Archive Toolkit which provides information on how to understand your digital treasures and steps to identify what you want to save and what is important to you, organising the content and saving copies in different locations.

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Picture Victoria

Search and access digitized photographs, drawings, artworks and maps from local history societies who have collaborated with public libraries to digitize their collections. The single-point-of-access service provides access to images ranging from the past to present day, and includes both local history and national events. You will find black and white and colour photographs of people, places, buildings and events, as well as drawings, sketches, paintings and maps.

Use this website to:

  • View historical photographs of your city
  • View historic wedding photos, sports team photos and political photos
  • View photos and sketches of buildings and houses

To access some images provided by Yarra Plenty Regional Library use "Advanced Search" and choose one of four options listed in the "search all Library Services" field.

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Places of Pride

The National Register of War Memorials records the locations and photographs of every publicly accessible memorial across Australia.  Everyone is encouraged to add content.

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PROV Koorie Services

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Aboriginal records within the Public Record Office Victoria collection and aims to improve accessibility of these records to the Aboriginal community.

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PROV: Online Collections Family History e-Resources

Public Records Office Victoria holds over 100km of government records in their collection related to all facets of significant Victorian Government activity from the 1830s onward. Some of the popular records, including photographs, maps, and documents relating to family history, have been digitised. Search within the list of records of interest to you. The digitised record can be downloaded from the catalogue directly. PROV is constantly adding new digitised items to their collections so check back regularly for updates. 

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RBdigital Magazines Magazines & Journals Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

RBdigital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-colour digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library's collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. The RBdigital app delivers your favourite titles right to your smartphone or tablet. Download now to read, learn, and enjoy!

  • Online reading: Instantly read all current and backlist magazines on desktop and mobile browsers.
  • Mobile apps: Download and read magazines on 95% of today's mobile devices, including Apple App StoreGoogle Play, Amazon Appstore
  • Backlist: Grow your collection and build a digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.
  • Easy browsing and checkout: Browse your library's collection by newest issue, keyword search, genre and language to find your favourites and to discover new reading interests.
  • Two ways to read: Check out magazines and read them instantly on your desktop or mobile browser — or check out and download magazines through mobile apps.
  • Helpful notifications: Sign up for weekly email reminders about your favourite magazines.
    No limit and permanent checkout: Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

Download our guide to using RBdigital Magazines

NOTE: Upcoming RBdigital updates and the conclusion of Google support for certain legacy Android devices may impact certain users using legacy Android devices to access RBdigital. Users running Android OS lower than 4.4 will not be able to access RBdigital through their device's browser.

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Readings in Australian History New!

An online study course of articles by Jim Poulter on Australia Aboriginal history and heritage into the first contact and colonial period. The nearly sixty articles in this course are grouped within eight themes.  Questions are provided for discussion with others.  This course may not be approved by Elders of the Wurundjeri Council.

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Relationships Australia Victoria eLibrary

The focus of the organisation is to provide effective services that strengthen relationships and social connections for individuals and families, and in schools, workplaces and communities across all life stages. It includes links to a free online course Good Connecting.  A range of tip sheets on various topics including Children and parenting, family violence, mental health, relationships, older Australians and separation. Click on the Resources link and explore 

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Research Guides

Explore the many research guides at State Library Victoria. There are 70 guides that cover a wide range of research topics. The guides are not restricted to the library's resources but identify the best resources wherever they are located. The guides focus as much as possible on resources that are available online, either through SLV's digitised collections, online subscriptions (available to any registered Victorian resident) and online resources held by other agencies, including public librraies. The guides promote information literacy, and digital information literacy by identifying resources and placing those resources in the context of research tasks.

There are a wide range of family history and history guides but also guides to a varied range of other topics. Of particular note are the guides created to assist VCE students in a number of units.

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Research Guides – National Library of Australia

Has your research hit a dead end? Are you struggling to find what you’re looking for? The National Library of Australia's research guides can help! They steer you through our rich collections and provide advice on a wide range of topics, including Australian literature, aerial photographs and their Pacific collection.

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Ryerson Index Family History e-Resources

The Ryerson Index is a free index to death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. The date range covered extends from the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspapers published within the last week or so. The Index also includes many funeral notices, and some probate notices and obituaries.  The Index grows at a rate of over 100 entries per day.  It includes over 340 newspaper and has over 6,800,000 entries.   Search by surname or even by place name alone.

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Scrapbooking is a crafting and documenting activity that involves taking books or albums with blank pages and adding photos, memorabilia, journaling, and embellishments. It is a fun way to unleash your creativity and preserve precious family memories.  Learn how to scrapbook like a pro with tutorials, instructions and inspirational ideas.

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State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria membership is free and you can sign up for their card online hereopens a new window.

Members can log in to thousands of online databases, journals, magazines, eBooks and newspapers from around the world.

Library members can also access over two million books, photos, artworks, documents, maps, manuscripts and more when they visit State Library Victoria.

You can enjoy a range of member-only benefits, programs and services by signing up. This videoopens a new window has more about State Library membership benefits.

Stay Smart Online

Stay Smart Online provides simple, easy to understand advice on how to protect yourself online, as well as up-to-date information on the latest online threats and how to respond. 

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Story Box Library Books & Reading eAudiobooks eBooks eLibrary New! Library Card Required.

Story Box Library as an online 'reading room' that allows children and parents to look at a book and listen to a range of celebrated stories read aloud by a diverse range of storytellers including actors, comedians, sports people, musicians, artists, authors and children with varying accents and from different cultures.

It is an interactive experience for 2-12 year olds via a smartphone, tablet or other device with an internet connection.

Log in with your library membership number and start streaming!

Download our guide to using Story Box Library

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Storyline Online Books & Reading eLibrary New!

This USA based award-winning children's literacy site curates videos of celebrities reading famous children's books, accompanied by animations that bring the books to life. For example, viewers can enjoy comedian Sarah Silverman reading A Tale of Two Beasts (a story about unlikely friendships and differing perspectives), and actor Chris Pine reading Clark the Shark (a story about a joyful fish who uses clever rhymes to control his enthusiasm). Stories are selected for all primary school age levels (and tagged with the appropriate age level in the description). In addition to the animated videos, stories are accompanied by an activity guide that expands on themes presented in the books. On the All Books page, visitors can sort through the abundance of stories and filter by author, reader, title, or run time (most are under 10 minutes). 

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Times Digital Archive 1785-2014, The Newspapers Library Card Required.

This archive covers over 200 years of The Times (London) , one of the most highly regarded resources for eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century news coverage. Hailed as the world’s “newspaper of  record”, The Times is regarded as the most authoritative medium for political, legal, business and social news. Enter your library card number to access from home.

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Transparent Languages Online (ByKi) eLibrary Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Transparent Languages Online (ByKi) utilises dozens of fun and engaging learning activities to help you learn up to 99 different languages. Learn on the Go with Transparent Language Mobile. Just follow these simple instructionsopens a new window, and you could be learning in no time!

The latest list of languages are available hereopens a new window.

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Trove Family History e-Resources

Trove is a valuable constantly growing free resource about Australia and Australians. It searches resources from its own holdings and those of other Australian institutions, including hundreds of newspaper titles and magazines, including The Australian Women's Weekly,  journals, books, articles, letters, archives, maps, photos, music, sound, video, archived websites and more.

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Tynker Coding for Kids eLibrary

Tynker is a creative computing platform where millions of kids have learned to program and built games, apps and more. Tynker offers self-paced online courses for children to learn coding at home, as well as an engaging programming curriculum for schools.

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Up the Creek New!

Up The Creek Victoria is a collection of articles about the pioneers, people and local history of Arthurs Creek and surrounding districts by historian Bruce G. Draper. It expands on his published work and pulls together for the first time his 25 years of research with the addition of a vast array of photographs. 

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Victorian Collections

Victorian Collections is a central portal to over 100,000 collection items and cultural treasures held by local history and community groups distributed across Victoria. It includes local collections including Eltham District Historical Society, Greensborough Historical Society and City of Whittlesea

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Victorian Government Gazette

Search this online archive 1836-1997  by place name or family name. You can find information about land transactions, court notices, government appointments, bankruptcies, proclamation of acts, de-registration of medical practitioners, statistics, tenders, unclaimed letters and monies, reward notices, and more. 

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Victorian Heritage Database

The Victorian Heritage Database is home to the Victorian Heritage Register which lists the State’s most significant heritage places, objects and historic shipwrecks protected under the Heritage Act 1995. It's also home to the Victorian Heritage Inventory which lists all known historical archaeological sites in Victoria.

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Victorian Leader Newspapers Newspapers

More than 40 Leader newspapers covering the Greater Melbourne region, including Melbourne, Diamond Valley, Heidelberg and Whittlesea Leaders.  Access back issues up to six months.

These links will take you to digitial issues accessible for the time being for the last six months.

Diamond Valley Leader 9 October 2019 - 8 April 2020

Heidelberg Leader 8 October 2019 - 7 April 2020

Whittlesea Leader 15 October 2019 - 7 April 2020

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Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents

Browse or search the Victorian Law Today link for authorised electronic versions of legislation produced for each new Act that is enacted and each new Statutory Rule that has been made since 2011 in PDF or Word format.   Previous versions of Acts and Rules are available back to 1997.

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Westgarthtown is an historic dairy farming settlement established in 1850 by German and Wendish immigrants. It is located within the residential suburbs of Thomastown and Lalor in the City of Whittlesea and many of Westgarthtown's outstanding bluestone heritage buildings and structures still survive. View their film “Westgarthtown and WW1”.

While its opening hours are temporarily suspended, it has an online schools’ program that can easily be adapted for individual use. It is based on the Victorian Curriculum for years 1- 6 and covers local history, geography plus civics and citizenship. It is a very interesting and accessible program. While it was developed for primary school children, much of the information is interesting for adults as well. It can be downloaded for free at a new window.

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Whichbook Books & Reading

A new way to choose what to read. Whichbook enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs.

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Who Else Writes Like…? Books & Reading

Welcome to the online version of Who Else Writes Like…? which is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It is designed to answer the perennial question “I’ve read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?”

Simply follow the links to find an author whose books you like, and see which other writers are recommended underneath.

The aim of this website is to encourage readers to try the works of new authors and to open up to them the wealth of good reading that is available in their local public library.

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Wikinorthia eLibrary

WikiNorthia is an online encyclopedia designed to document life in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. WikiNorthia is an innovative project that encourages people across five local councils with rich cultural histories and diverse communities to get together and tell their stories providing a snapshot of life in the north of Melbourne now as well as the past. The generation and preservation of this information will be of a lasting benefit to the community.

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The new Help for Injured Wildlife online tool has been launched to help Victorians find help for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. The tool shows details about wildlife rehabilitators, rescue organisations & veterinarians in your local area.

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Includes profiles on significant people and places, Aborignal cultural heritage work, cultural and educational services and land management services

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Yallambie : Wurundjeri

From a private blog that concentrates on the local history of Yallambie and district, this post discusses the Batman Treaty and the suggestion that it was signed on the nearby Plenty River.

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YPRL Pocket Library Android App Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Keep a library in your pocket! YPRL Mobile makes it easy to find books, music and movies, see what’s available at your library, place holds and manage your account. Simply tap the Android's 'Menu' button to access the 'My Borrowing' and 'Search' options.

YPRL Pocket Library Apple App Mobile Apps Library Card Required.

Keep a library in your pocket! YPRL Mobile makes it easy to find books, music and movies, see what’s available at your library, place holds and manage your account.

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