Membership

Become a member

Kingston Libraries are free to join, and open to anyone living in Victoria. Membership gives you access to a huge range of resources, services and activities.

To join, visit any of our branches and bring identification with your proof of name and current address. If you are under 18 a parent or legal guardian will need to come with you and provide their identification as the guarantor on the card.

Alternatively, you can join online and receive a temporary three month membership providing you instant access to our digital library including eBooks, eAudiobooks and more. If you wish to continue using our digital library after three months or borrow physical items, please visit any of our branches and bring identification with your proof of name and current address. 

Join online

My account

Log in to your account to

  • Keep track of your items borrowed and due dates
  • Place holds on items
  • Renew items
  • Return eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Change your details
  • Turn on SMS notifications 

You can reset your password if you've forgotten it. Contact us if you can’t remember your library card number or don’t receive a reset password email.

Borrowing

You can borrow up to 40 items at a time from our collections.

There are some exceptions:

Most items can be loaned for 3 weeks and renewed twice if they haven’t been reserved by others. 

Item Loan period Renewals Max items per format
Books (print & audio) 3 weeks 2 40
eBooks and eAudio 3 weeks 2 40
DVDs & Blu-rays 3 weeks 2 40
CD music 3 weeks 2 40
Disc golf discs 3 weeks 2 8
STEAM kits 3 weeks 2 1
iPads 3 weeks 2 1
Quick picks 2 weeks 0 40
Heat sensor 2 weeks 0 1
Power-Mate 2 weeks 0 1
Magazines 1 week 2 40
Console games 1 week 2 2
Launchpads 1 week 2 2

Community Languages

We have books, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs in several community languages. We can transfer these if you would prefer to collect them at another branch.

  • Chinese - Clarinda Library and Westall Library
  • Greek - Clarinda Library and Westall Library
  • Italian - Clarinda Library and Westall Library
  • Vietnamese - Clarinda Library

Book group sets

We have over 25 book titles available for loan as a set of 10. Perfect for reading groups struggling to find 10 copies of the same book.

Book group sets are available for collection in the first week of the month and can be borrowed for 6 weeks with no renewals.

Each book group will need a convenor who will be responsible for borrowing the set of books on their card, ensuring all books are returned on time as a set and dealing with any replacement costs for missing books or damaged books that cannot be repaired.

Book set list

  • David Attenborough – A Life on Our planet
  • Rutger Bergman – Humankind: A Hopeful History (9 copies available)
  • Fatima Farheen Mirza – A Place For Us 
  • Robyn Harding – The Party
  • Sally Hepworth – The Mother-In-Law
  • Eddie Jaku – The Happiest Man on Earth
  • Sofie Laguna – Infinite Splendours
  • Melina Marchetta – Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
  • Delphine Minoui – The Book Collectors of Daraya
  • Joanna Nell – Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home
  • Angela Pippos – Lucky's
  • Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age
  • Holly Ringland – The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (9 copies available)
  • Sally Rooney – Normal People
  • Colm Toibin – Brooklyn (9 copies available)
  • Anne Tyler – Clock Dance (9 copies available)
  • Douglas Kennedy – Afraid of the Light
  • Christian White – Wild Place
  • Sarah Krasnostein – The Believer
  • Anita Heiss – Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray (River of Dreams)
  • Ben Machell – The Unusual Suspect
  • Sandro Vernesi – The Hummingbird
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – Klara and the Sun
  • Catherine Raven – Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship
  • Sally Hepworth – The Younger Wife
  • Liane Moriarty – Apples Never Fall
  • Elton John – Me
  • Andy Weir – Project Hail Mary
  • Amanda Lohery – Labyrinth
  • John Boyne – The Heart’s Invisible Furies
  • Colson Whitehead – Harlem Shuffle
  • Chris Hammer  - Silver
  • Nikki Gemmell – Ripping Tree
  • Brendan Cowell - Plum

Returns

Items can be returned at any Kingston Libraries branch. Our branches all have a returns chute outside the library that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are no fines for late returns, but any overdue items need to be returned before you can borrow again. Remember, others may be waiting to borrow the item you have at home, so prompt returns by the due date is appreciated.

Library app

Download the Kingston Libraries App on your phone or tablet from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to:

  • Store your library card in the app so you no longer need a physical card
  • Track and manage your loans, including renewals and holds (you can also link other family members cards, such as children)
  • Browse our catalogue and place holds, including eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Check out physical items from one our branches (view tutorial)

Contact us if you need assistance setting up the app on your device or have any questions.

Lost or damaged items/cards

Contact us if you lose or damage an item. There will be a replacement charge for lost items or damaged items.

If you lose your library card, contact us 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. 

If your library card has been damaged, visit one of our branches with the damaged card to have it replaced. Please notify us if you may have printing money left on the card so we can check and transfer any credit.

There is no charge for replacing a lost or damaged card.