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Collections

Resources Available

  • Books - fiction and non-fiction for all ages, including large print
  • Audio books - on CD
  • Magazines - a wide range of titles
  • DVDs - for adults and kids
  • BluRay discs - for adults and kids
  • GoChips - movies and TV series for all ages
  • Music CDs - including rock, popular, alternative, easy listening, classical, jazz, world, country, blues and children's
  • CD ROMs - Educational and recreational
  • Launch Pads - Educational games tablets for children
  • Console Games - Nintendo Wii Games and XBOX ONE
  • eBooks - available in ePub format
  • eAudiobooks - can be played on any MP3 device
  • eMagazines - a wide range of titles from around the world in various languages
  • Online Music - available for streaming and downloads
  • Movie Streaming - documentaries and indie films from Australia and around the world
  • Newspapers
  • Books, magazines, CDs, newspapers and DVDs are also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Italian for both adults and children

For information about loan periods, renewals and the number of items allowed per borrower, please visit Borrowing Information on the My Library page.

Available Magazines

Kingston Libraries subscribes to over 300 different magazine titles which are reviewed annually. If there is a title that you would like us to consider adding to our collection that does not appear on the Magazine Holdings list below please let us know using the Suggest an Item for Purchase form.

Magazine Holdings (48KB)

Community Languages

Kingston Libraries have books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs in a number of community languages, at the following branches:

LANGUAGE

LIBRARY BRANCH

Arabic

Clarinda and Westall

Chinese

Clarinda, Chelsea and Westall

Greek

Clarinda and Westall

Italian

Clarinda, Cheltenham and Westall

Turkish

Cheltenham

Vietnamese

Clarinda

Note: If you would like items in any one of these languages but cannot get to the library where the items are held, speak to the librarian at your local Kingston Library branch and they will assist you with alternative arrangements.

The City of Kingston includes a wide range of cultures and languages. To find out what’s available in your language you can browse our online catalogue or search our catalogue for specific items.

Genealogy and Local History

We hold an extensive collection of genealogy resources from Australia and overseas at our Parkdale branch, including birth, death and marriage records, shipping and passenger lists, cemetery records and census information. For further details go to our Genealogy and Local History pages or go to the Kingston Historical Website.

Collection Information

Collection Management Policy

The Collection Management Policy is a planning document produced by the Library that identifies and communicates the long and short-term collection goals and policies of Kingston Libraries. It aims to provide a general framework for the development of all collections, and is devised and maintained in consultation with library staff and customers.

The Policy is currently being updated and will be available on the website when it is completed.

Standing Order Lists

If an author or series is on a standing order list, we automatically buy any new titles published by that author or from that series. You can still check the catalogue to see if we already hold a title, but if a new book by a standing order author or series is not listed, we will be purchasing copies.

Adult Fiction Standing Order List 2016-2017 (151KB)

Junior Authors Standing Order List 2018-2019 (59KB)

Junior Series Standing Order List 2018-2019 (56KB)

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