Sign up to become a library member

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Joining the library as a member is fast and easy! You can join online for immediate access to thousands of eLibrary titles and other online content. Alternatively, bring along some ID with proof of your residential address to any Hobsons Bay Libraries branch and we will get you started with your library membership.

Note: being a Hobsons Bay resident is not a requirement to join as a library member. 

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Borrowing Conditions and Further information

Borrowing and Reservations

  • Unlimited loans.
  • Books, magazines, DVD and talking books can be borrowed for 21 days.
  • You can renew your items twice, provided it they are not on reserve for another customer.
  • You can reserve items via the library catalogue. Once ready for collection we will notify you by your preferred method and you will have 7 days to collect the item.

Fees and Charges

Library membership is available at no charge, and there is no charge for most services and facilities including borrowing items, using public computers or Wi-Fi.  

Borrowing and PC use will be suspended if you have two items overdue. 

Common charges 

  • Overdue items: as of 1 November 2020, Hobsons Bay Libraries will no longer be applying fines for overdue items.
  • A4/A3 printing: Black and white, $0.30/$0.50 per page.
  • A4/A3 printing: Colour, $0.60/$1.20 per page.

View the full list of fees and charges(PDF, 772KB)

Library Notices

You can choose to receive library notices via SMS or email. The following information will be communicated to you via your preferred contact method: 

  • Reservations that are ready to be collected.
  • Courtesy reminders one day before items are due.
  • Overdue items that were due seven days ago.

Please note that whilst we do offer reminders as a courtesy service it is the responsibility of all library members to ensure their loans are returned on time.

Privacy Policy

  • Your details and privacy Hobsons Bay Libraries does not disclose personal information for any purposes other than those specified in the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000.
  • Members understand that Hobsons Bay Libraries collect, uses and records personal and sensitive information for statistical and security purposes.
  • Members are required to notify the library of change of address. Proof of address is required.
  • Members are responsible for all material issued on this card, including loss or damage to library material or equipment.
  • The guarantor is responsible for overdue charges, loss or damage to library material.
  • The guarantor has access to all details and borrowing history of this card.

Code of Conduct

  • All users will conduct themselves in a manner considerate of others, will not conduct illegal activities and will treat Council facilities with reasonable care.
  • Members may not send, receive or display material that may be reasonably considered obscene or offensive.
  • Members must comply with copyright legislation.
  • Breach of conditions of use may result in a warning, followed by suspension of access, to library services.
  • Significant breaches of conduct may result in immediate revocation of membership at the discretion of the Manager Learning Communities, based on type and impact of incident.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still borrow or use a computer if I don't have my library card? 
You sure can. If you have forgotten your library card, just show us some ID with your current address. 

I don't know/can't remember my PIN? 
You will need your PIN to reserve and renew items, and to login to PCs and Wi-Fi. You can select the 'Forgot my PIN' option when logging in to your library account to reset your PIN. You can also reset your PIN by visiting any of our branches with your library card and ID. 

I joined at branch A, can I use branch B? 
Absolutely! Your card is valid at all five Hobsons Bay Libraries' branches, as well as online for all online resources, eBooks, eMagazines and more. You can borrow items from one branch and return to a different one, and reserve items to be sent to your nearest branch. 
Is there a minimum age for library membership? 
There is no minimum age to join the library, however anyone aged under 18 will need a parent/guardian or responsible adult to give consent for a new membership.