You need to bring your library card whenever you wish to borrow items or use the internet at the library. Self-service checkout points are available at Cheltenham, Chelsea, Clarinda, Parkdale and Patterson Lakes libraries.
Books, Audio books, CD Roms, DVDs and Blu Rays can be borrowed for 3 weeks. CDs, Nintendo Wii games, XBOX ONE games and Magazines can be borrowed for 1 week. You are allowed any combination of items up to a total of 40 per card. See the table below for more information on loan periods, renewal allowances, and maximum number of items per format allowances.
ITEM LOAN PERIOD RENEWALS MAX ITEMS PER FORMAT
Print, audio and electronic 3 Weeks 1 40
CD-ROMs 3 Weeks 1 40
DVDs 3 Weeks 1 40
BluRay 3 Weeks 1 10
Magazines 1 Week 1 40
CD Music 1 Week 1 40
Wii Games 1 Week 1 10
XBOX ONE Games 1 Week 1 2
Digital collections, including eBooks and eAudiobooks, are also available for loan. For more information and access to our digital collections, please visit our eLibrary page.
An item on loan can be renewed if:
- The item has not already been renewed (maximum 1 renewal per item)
- The item has not been placed on reserve by another borrower.
The item is renewed with the usual borrowing period for that format starting from the day of renewal. You can renew your library items using 3 options:
- Online: You can renew your items online by going to http://vufind.kingston.vic.gov.au/vufind/MyResearch/Home. You will need to have your library card number and PIN to be able to access this feature. Please ask staff at any branch if you wish to have a PIN allocated to your card.
- Via telephone: Call the library on 1300 135 668, and have your library card number ready.
- In person: Let the library staff know the titles of the items you wish to renew.
Items can be returned at any of the 8 branches in Kingston.
Items borrowed must be returned during opening hours on the due date. You will be liable to pay fines or costs incurred for materials that are returned late, lost or damaged. Your information may be given to debt/property recovery agencies if you do not return resources. If charges are owing on a card, borrowing or renewal privileges and access to library computers and Wi-Fi will be suspended.
Late fines are charged at 35c per item per day, up to $7.00 per item. All charges must be paid prior to borrowing.
Your details may be given to debt/property recovery agencies if you do not return library resources.
Lost or Damaged Items
Contact library staff if you have lost or damaged an item. A replacement charge will be incurred.
Reporting a Lost Card
If you lose your Library card, contact any Kingston library immediately, as you're responsible for all items borrowed on your card. To replace your card, please see staff at any branch, showing identification with your name and current address on it. A charge of $4.40 is incurred for replacing a lost card.
Reporting a Change of Details
If your personal details have changed please come into any library with identification showing your new details.
Keeping Track of Your Loans
There are many tools and services available online to help you keep track of your library loans. These are provided as free services not only by the library service, but also by third parties not affiliated with Kingston Council.
Click here to login to your library card to view and manage your current loans online. You will need to have your library card number and PIN to be able to use this feature.
Kingston Library Notification Services
Kingston Libraries send out reservation and overdue notices via email or post. These notices include notification when reservations are awaiting collection, and notification when library items are due to be returned. You can only receive either email OR post notifications, not both at once.
Emails are sent continuously through out the day.
- Advanced Notice - Items Due In Two Days
- Overdue Notice 1 - Items Due Today
- Overdue Notice 2 - Items Due Last Week
- Overdue Notice 3 - Final Notice
- Reservation - Ready For Pickup
- Reservation - Pickup Reminder
Posted notifications are sent daily. Be aware that due to Australia Post you may receive notifications up to 3 days after the original posting date.
- Overdue Notice 1 - Items Due Last Week
- Overdue Notice 2 - Final Notice
- Reservation - Ready For Pickup
Please note: Even if you have opted to receive email notifications we will also send out a posted 'Overdue Notice 3 - Final Notice'.
How Do I Receive Emails Notifications?
The only requirement is a valid email address. To elect to receive email notifications or to change your email address we have on file, simply visit a library branch or call 1300 135 668.
Library Branch Locations
Kingston Libraries currently has 8 library branches operating across the municipality. Click on any of the below locations to view more detailed information about their hours, address, and other branch specific information:
A 9th branch, Westall Library, is due to open soon.
For an overview of hours at all our library branches, please visit our Opening Hours page.