Main collection

Overview

The library has approximately 35,000 resources including: books, large-print books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, jigsaw puzzles, board games, and puppets.

To borrow from the library’s main collection or to access the digital collection, you need to be a Victoria Park Library member with a valid membership card.

Library members can search for and reserve titles 24/7 via the library's online catalogue. You can search for items based on author, title and series, subject, format, collection, language and availability.

Fiction

The library stocks popular fiction titles by Australian and international authors. The Fiction collection includes novels, poetry and short story collections from a range of genres, including: new releases, classics, commercial fiction, literary fiction, Australian fiction, historical, adventure, crime/detective, mystery, horror, suspense/thriller, romance, erotica, speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction etc.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to eBooks via the digital collection . You can borrow and read a range of fiction titles online or downloaded to your favourite device.

Non-fiction

The library stocks popular non-fiction titles by Australian and international authors in a range of genres, including: new releases, biography/autobiography and memoir, IT and social media, psychology and self-help, religion and spirituality, business and finance, social issues, true crime, language, science, animals, health and fitness, health and wellbeing, food and drink, gardening, resumes, art, craft, artists, music and movies, sport, literature, travel guides, history, Australian history etc.

 
Library members also have free 24/7 access to eBooks via the digital collection . You can borrow and read a range of non-fiction titles online or downloaded to your favourite device.

Large-print books

The library stocks large-print fiction and non-fiction titles by Australian and international authors in a range of genres. Large-print books are formatted using a larger font size to accommodate readers who are vision impaired or who prefer to read a larger font size.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to eBooks via the digital collection . You can borrow and read a range of fiction and non-fiction titles online or downloaded to your favourite device.

Local history

The Victoria Park local history collection was established at the library to preserve the history of the Town and to provide information relevant to the area. The Local history collection contains books, newsletters, photographs, newspaper cuttings, maps, oral history interviews, microfiche records of local newspapers, as well as rate books from 1898 to 1946. It is for reference only, ensuring all information is available at all times. Patrons may photocopy information held in the collection.

A selection of framed photographs from the Local history collection, each measuring approximately 800mm x 600mm, is available for loan through the library catalogue.

Audiobooks

The library stocks popular fiction and non-fiction audiobooks by Australian and international authors in a range of genres. Audiobooks are formatted for listening on either multiple CDs, a single MP3-ready disc, or on a playaway device where the audiobook is pre-loaded onto an easy-to-use player. Audiobooks for children and teenagers are located in the Junior and Young adult collection s respectively, whereas the audiobooks for adults are located in the Audiobook collection.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to eAudiobooks via the digital collection. You can borrow and read a range of fiction and non-fiction titles online or downloaded to your favourite device.

Graphic novels

The library has a dedicated graphic novel collection, which includes titles by Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Manga and more. Comics and graphic novels appropriate for children and teenagers are located within the Junior fiction and Young adult collections respectively, whereas the graphic novels for adults are located in the Graphic novel collection.

 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The library has a dedicated ESL collection for ESL/EALD learners and teachers including IELTS textbooks and study guides, conversational and phrase books, instructional DVDs, bilingual books, and easy-to-read fiction titles.

 

Foreign language

The library’s foreign language collection contains both fiction and non-fiction books written in languages other than English. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian/Serbian, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to foreign language eBooks and eMagazines via the digital collection . You can borrow and read a range of titles online via the website or downloaded to your favourite device.

Parenting

The library’s parenting collection contains popular and informative non-fiction titles on raising and caring for children and teenagers, and is located in the Junior section of the library.

 

Junior language collections

Are you originally from somewhere other than Australia? Do you want to pass on your original language to your children? Or do your children know your original language but need to improve their English language skills?

The library’s junior English as a second language and foreign language collections contain language books and resources appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

We have books in:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Noongar
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

If there is a language you don’t see on this list that you think we should have, please let us know. 

Junior kindy

The library’s Junior kindy collection contains books, games and resources appropriate for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, including: board books, picture books, early readers, puppets, jigsaw puzzles, audiobooks, children’s DVDs and music CDs.

Junior library members also have free 24/7 access to child-friendly eBook sites via the digital collection. You can borrow, read, and listen to a range of children’s titles online via the website or downloaded to your favourite device.

First Steps collection

Being a confident reader is an important foundation for learning throughout life, so reading with your child each day will give them a great start.The Library’s First Steps collection supports your child while they are learning to read. The steps are age and ability appropriate and are designed to gradually increase your child’s reading confidence.The library also has a large collection of titles specifically for struggling readers. The collection has been recommended by the Dyslexia SPELD foundation and includes readers and fun games to help your child on their reading journey.

Here’s a guide to help your child on their reading journey:

Level 1 - Orange: Just images or one or two words for first readers
Level 2 - Red: More story books with 3-5 lines of text for more interest
Level 3 - Green: Follow the plot books with short paragraphs for more sustained reading
Level 4 - Yellow: Chapter books and books with longer paragraphs for more fluent readers.

Junior fiction

The library stocks popular junior fiction titles by Australian and international authors. The Junior fiction collection includes storybooks, novels, comics and graphic novels from a range of genres, including: new releases, classics, fairy tales, folk tales, general fiction, Australian fiction, historical, adventure, detective, mystery, fantasy, science fiction etc.

Junior library members also have free 24/7 access to child-friendly eBook sites via the digital collection. You can borrow, read, and listen to a range of children’s titles online via the website or downloaded to your favourite device.

Junior non-fiction

The library stocks popular junior non-fiction titles by Australian and international authors in a range of genres to help primary-age students with research for homework and school projects.

The junior non-fiction titles are on a range of topics, including: biography/autobiography, mythology, world religions, world cultures, science, natural and built environments, animals, world history, Australian history, IT, popular culture, games, art, craft, music, movies, sport, literature etc.

Young adult

The library stocks popular young adult fiction titles by Australian and international authors. The Young adult collection includes novels, comics and graphic novels from a range of genres, including: new releases, classics, general fiction, Australian fiction, historical, adventure, crime/detective, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, superhero, manga etc. A selection of audiobooks and magazines suitable for teenagers are also located in the Young adult area.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to Young adult eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines via the digital collection. You can borrow, read and listen to a range of titles online via the website or downloaded to your favourite device.

Community book club sets

The library has sets of select titles that can be loaned for extended periods. To borrow the book club sets, community book clubs must register with the library and a representative from the community book club must be a current library member. Contact the library for more information.

Newspapers

The library stocks a selection of daily newspapers for patrons to read whilst in the library (not available for borrowing), including: The West Australian, The Australian and The Australian Financial Review. The library also stocks free copies community newspapers for patrons to take, including: The Southern Gazette, Have-a-Go News, The Senior, The Parents' Paper, and the Town’s quarterly Life in the Park publication.

 

Magazines

The library carries subscriptions to some of the most popular magazines for all ages, including children and teenagers through to adults. The Magazine collection includes titles on lifestyle and travel, cooking, home and garden, craft and hobbies, health and wellness, parenting, motoring, finance, science and technology, gaming, movies and music, celebrity and popular culture.

Library members also have free 24/7 access to eMagazines via the digital collection. You can borrow and read a range of full-colour interactive digital magazines online via the website or downloaded to your favourite device.

DVDs

The library’s DVD collection includes popular movies and TV shows from new releases and blockbusters to classics, indie, anime and foreign language films. There are also documentaries, cooking shows, lifestyle and travel and fitness DVDs.

Children’s TV shows and movies are located in the junior area. Anime DVDs are located alongside the graphic novel collection .

Music CDs

The library’s CD collection includes popular music CDs in a range of genres, including: classical, compilations, pop, rock, indie, instrumental, dance etc. Children’s music CDs are located in the junior area.

 

Board games and puzzles

The library has a selection of games available for loan, including new and popular card games, board games and table-top strategy games. Some games are good for two players, others for larger groups; some are very quick to play (approx. 30 minutes), others are longer and more involved; some require strategic thinking while others are more creative or social. Check the recommended age on the box or ask library staff for recommendations.

The library also has a range of jigsaw puzzles available for loan. Children's puzzles are located in the junior area.

Frequently asked questions

I’m a member of another library as well as Victoria Park Library; can I return my current loans from another library to Victoria Park Library?
No, all libraries and councils operate independently of each other and you must return Victoria Park Library items to Victoria Park Library, and items borrowed from other libraries back to those libraries.

Does the library accept donations?
No, the library does not accept donations and suggests that you donate your used books, magazines, DVDs etc. to a local charity or op shop, such as Save the Children in East Victoria Park.

The library doesn’t have a particular item that I want to borrow. Can another copy be sourced from another library?
You can submit an Interlibrary Loan request, either via email, over-the-phone, or in person at the front counter. If the item is available for loan from another library, Victoria Park Library staff can request the item via the State Library’s Interlibrary Loan scheme. However, waiting times differ depending on whether the item is currently out on loan to another borrower, or if the requesting borrower is first/second/third-in-line etc. Please note that there have been some changes to the Interlibrary loan policy. For more information refer to the inter-library loans restrictions.