Monash Public Library Service

The Libraries


Monash Public Library Service began operations in 1994 with the amalgamation of the former Cities of Oakleigh and Waverley. The Library service is provided through six branch libraries: Clayton, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave Neighbourhood opened in 2012, Oakleigh and Wheelers Hill, as well as a Home Library Service. Specialist collections are held in Community Languages, Genealogy and Local Studies. Online services, such as the Internet, Word Processing and CD-ROM are provided.


Who We Are


Monash Public Library Service is a focus for community engagement, providing opportunities for life-long learning, social interaction, cultural inspiration and meaningful partnerships.


What We Value

  • Our diverse community
  • equitable service
  • welcoming and friendly spaces
  • the skills and commitment of our staff
  • life-long learning
  • the capacity to adapt and be flexible
  • the use of innovative and relevant technology to deliver to the changing needs of customers

What We Do


We provide a dynamic and responsive public library service through:

  • Our network of 5 libraries, community service points and interactive web presence
  • professional staff who facilitate access to the rich array of human knowledge and expression
  • the connection of individuals to local and global communities, and
  • an engaging range of activities for all ages that reflect our identity and celebrate our diverse community.

How We Do It

  • We provide access to a range of relevant resources that meet the needs of the community
  • we develop and maintain appropriate infrastructure
  • we provide professional and well-trained staff to meet operational requirements and
  • we maintain a responsible, balanced budget program.

Monash Public Library Service Strategic Plan: Summary document

Monash Public Library Service Strategic Plan 2012-2015 Summary in text file format:22kb
Monash Public Library Service Strategic Plan 2012-2015 Summary in pdf file format:146kb 9 pages
Monash Public Library Service Strategic Plan 2012-2015 pdf file format:247 kb 22 pages

You can download acrobat reader for pdf files at the adobe site


Library Services

Services include:
  • Professional assistance - Qualified Librarians are on duty at all times to assist you with your information needs
  • Storytimes - Designed to encourage an interest in books and reading for pre-school children. Brochures with times and dates are available from your local branch library, also see information on this web page under Children's Services
  • Noticeboards and display cases may be used to advertise community events and local services
  • A local history collection is available through the Mount Waverley and Oakleigh libraries. See Local History
  • Speakers, demonstrations and other activities on current topics of interest. See What's On
  • Reference collections may be consulted in the branch libraries.
  • Genealogical records may be consulted at the Clayton and Glen Waverley branches. See Family History
  • Community Information. See Community Information
  • Home Library Service for people unable to go to the Library owing to ill-health or disability. Phone 9560 1655
  • After school and school holiday activities Brochures with details available from your local branch, information on this web page under Children's Events
  • Internet (and wireless internet) - Free access to the Internet. Wifi at all branches. Internet training sessions: charges apply. See What's On : Internet training sessions
  • Photocopying Black and white photocopiers at all libraries. Colour photocopiers also at Oakleigh and Glen Waverley
    Photocopy charges
  • Fax At all libraries. Fax charges

Resources available

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  • Books - Fiction and non-fiction for all ages, including Large Print, books in languages other than English and spoken word cassettes
  • Music - Compact discs: popular, jazz, classical, easy listening, world and children's
  • Magazines - a wide range in all libraries
  • Audio items in MP3 disc, compact disc, cassette and Playaway formats.
  • Video cassettes
  • DVDs
  • CDs and CD ROMs
  • The   Community Languages collection includes items in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Russian Serbian, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. Go to the Community Languages page for further details of these services. and to view our Welcome brochures of library hours, locations and information, in another language. You will need acrobat pdf reader obtainable free from adobe web site to view the brochures. 
  • Disability access PC and software View the list of accessibility devices and software available at our branches.
  • Microfiche readers at Clayton and Glen Waverley branches
  • Wireless internet (wifi) access at all branches for members

Membership - How can I join?

  • Membership is FREE.
  • Proof of current address is required.
  • Open to everyone - resident or non-resident.
  • No minimum joining age.
  • Under 18? - signature of parent or guardian is needed.
  • Conditions of membership are detailed under Borrowing below.
  • Fees & Charges

Conditions of Membership

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  • The loan period for most items is 28 days.  Some AV items are loaned for 14 days. For current borrowing limits, please refer to the Welcome or Resources brochure.
  • Items on loan may be renewed twice, except when reserved by another library member. Renewals can be made in person, by phone or over the internet.
  • A library card must be produced when borrowing any library materials. Exception will be given provided some form of formal identification with name and address can be shown.
  • Members are required to notify the Monash Public Library Service of any change of name and/or address.
  • In accordance with The Information Privacy Act 2000, library members can request a staff member to access their borrower registration details on presentation of current formal identification.
  • Members who return items after the due date will be liable for any overdue charges accrued.
  • Any lost or damaged items on loan must be reported to library staff. Lost or damaged items must be paid for by the card holder, guardian or guarantor. The charge includes the cost of the item and a non-refundable processing charge.
  • Damage to material identified in the Library, prior to loan, must be reported to staff.
  • Each member is entitled to one membership card. Cards are not transferable.  Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to the Library. A charge will apply for replacement of the card.
  • Please ask library staff for a copy of full Conditions of Membership (Extract from Local Law No 3 – Monash Public Library).

Computer, Wifi and Internet Conditions of Use


For specific wifi conditions of use, view Wifi Conditions of Use


Users of Monash Public Library Service public access computers and the internet service must agree to following conditions:

  • Computer users must be valid members of the Library and logon to the computer using their own card number and PIN.
  • A parent or guardian must register as guarantor for users under 18 years of age.
  • A maximum of two people per computer allowed at one time.
  • Maximum usage of one hour per person per day.
  • Bookings will be forfeited ten minutes past the booking time if the user has not arrived. A subsequent booking can be made if required. Bookings may be made up to one week in advance.
  • Users are responsible for the operation of the internet during their booking, including the access, transmission, display, printing and storage of materials.
  • Users are required to comply with all state and federal laws, with the City of Monash local laws, and the Monash Public Library Service policies and procedures. Unacceptable use of the Internet includes, but is not limited to:
  • Destruction of, or damage to equipment, software, or data belonging to the Library or other clients
  • Accessing or display of offensive or inappropriate material. This can include, but is not limited to, pornography, gambling, hate sites, gratuitous violence and sites using frequent, highlighted offensive language.
  • Intentional unauthorised copying of copyright-protected material or infringement of licence agreements and other contracts.
  • The violation or attempted violation of any computer network's system security.
  • The violation of the privacy of individuals or entities that are creators, authors, users or subjects of the information resources.
  • Unauthorised monitoring of electronic communications.
  • Inappropriate use of email services, such as spamming.
  • The Library reserves the right to restrict access to certain processes, file types and download sizes.
  • Computer uses are responsible for the cost of ALL printing as per the printing charges determined by Council resolution.
  • Failure to comply with these conditions will result in suspension of computer and internet privileges.
  • Illegal acts involving the use of the Library's Internet resources may also be subject to prosecution by local, state or federal authorities.
  • The Library reserves the right to terminate a session at the discretion of library staff.
  • The City of Monash reserves the right to monitor all traffic transmitted through its computer networks.

Internet conditions of use are also available in community languages.


Home Library Service

Monash Public Library Service works with community volunteers to bring the library to your home.

  • For people who are ill, disabled or housebound
  • Available on a long or short term basis
  • A free service
  • Available to Monash residents
  • We have books (large and regular print), talking books, CDs, DVDs and magazines

Contact: Older Adult Outreach Librarian call 9560 1655



PC's are available free at all libraries. You can book these online or by phone. Programs include internet and word processing. Mulgrave Neighbourhood Library users can book the Community Centre computers on (03) 9548 3311

The Library purchases subscriptions to a number of online resources. The Online Resources page lists these.

Disability access PC is available at all branches. A list of accessibility devices for each branch is available.

Installed software includes MS Office 2007 Pro Suite, Live messenger, MS IE browser, Firefox browser, Acrobat reader, Flash player, MS Media player, VicRoads hazard perception test at Oakleigh and Clayton only. For disability related programs see the the list just above.

iPads available for use in Mulgrave Neighbourhood Library

Wireless internet (wifi) access is available at all branches of the library. Users of the library's wifi must be members and obtain a specific wifi password to use for their access. Conditions of use must be agreed to before access is available.

Word processing, fax and photocopying facilities are also available.All branches have colour copiers. Clayton, Mount Waverley and Wheelers Hill photocopiers have scanning to USB facilities also. Fees & charges for these services. Word processing requires booking a computer. Phone or visit your preferred branch or book online via Book a PC
History resources can be viewed at the Family History page and the Local History page.

For further information, please call one of our our libraries

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