Libraries: Blasting from the Past into the Future

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By Skye Brown

These days, when we need information our first and last stop is generally the internet, and let’s face it; searching online from the comfort of our own homes (or smart phones) is all too convenient. So you’d be forgiven for thinking that Public Libraries have turned into unused relics from a bygone era. However, libraries are actually bustling places that have embraced new technologies to enhance their services, while still continuing their traditional role of providing physical resources like books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs and CDs.

So now’s the time to discover your Port Phillip Library Service, which has branches in St Kilda, Albert Park, Emerald Hill, Middle Park and Port Melbourne. Probably the best way to find out what’s on offer is via the library website ( where you’ll learn how to join the library, browse the online catalogue, book items and find out about other services and upcoming events. The website also offers a whole range of free online/digital resources, such as: eBooks, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and magazines, computer training tutorials, local history and independent film streaming – if you’re not online at home though, you can always book one of the library’s computers to get internet access.

There’s always heaps of free events and activities, including: talks by local authors, book clubs, poetry events, story time for kids (and parents), resources to help students with homework and even live music! Most of these are held at the library branches themselves, however you’ll also find events hosted by the Port Phillip Council that are held at other locations.

For starters, here’s a couple of upcoming ‘heritage’ events listed on the library website (booking is essential online):


Guided Ride 2 – Port Phillip by pedal power (Sunday October 6th 1:30PM to 4:00PM)
Take a guided bike tour of the cultural and historical highlights of the City of Port Phillip. Don’t forget your bicycle and helmet!


Guided Walk – The Navy in Port (Sunday November 10th 10:00AM to 12:00PM)
Discover Port Melbourne’s 150-year-old links to the Victorian Colonial Navy and the Royal Australian Navy.


So whether you are searching for a book, eBook or some interesting new things to do, you’re bound to find loads on offer at the Port Phillip Library Service.

The St Kilda Library is located at 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda.

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