Booklovers' Festival Beckons With Author Talks and Workshops

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 10:24

A story begins! It's time for the sixth annual Booklovers' Festival from Wednesday 2 July until Wednesday 30 July.

British Newspapers Archive

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:43

The British Newspapers Archive has grown to over 8 million searchable pages.  300,000 new pages have recently been added, including six brand new titles.  These include the national newspaper the Daily Mirror, the Lancashire Evening Post and the The Oxford Times.

Newspapers are an excellent research tool to learn more about your family history.

How the YPRL Mobile App saved my life!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 14:01

It was a close call! I had an unexpected appointment which I knew would mean waiting for up to an hour in a tiny, windowless waiting room with NOTHING TO READ! I can cope with anything if I have a book to read but my iPad was bare! One eye was twitching, my hands were shaking. I could feel my heart racing.

Call for Toorourrong Reservoir stories

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:06

A working group has been formed as part of the Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial Group to source photos, information and stories concerning the Toorourrong Reservoir from its inception in the 1860’s to the present day, including the devastating 2009 bushfires. 


The convenience of eReading…

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 14:17

Margaret Drabble loves the convenience of her eReader.  Her article, Margaret Drabble on the joy of eBooks in the Guardian is well worth reading.

If you find you have a yen to read some of Margaret Drabble’s books as eBook after reading the article YPRL has a number available for loan through our Overdrive service.

Preserving and sharing local history

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 13:58

Local organizations will reap the benefits from successful applications via the Local History Grants Program announced today by the Minister of the Arts Heidi Victoria.


Congratulations to Shire of Nillumbik for its Nillumbik Heritage Boioklet update project and the Greensborough Historical Society for the production of a website.


Springthorpe Owners Corporation based in Bundoora on the border of Banyule and Darebin has also received successful funding for their heritage project.


A bit of a giggle

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 16:18

Well, more of a snigger.

We have previously talked about the annoying little things you encounter in eBooks in the post Al he los chal enging! But this article from the Guardian, Scanner for ebook cannot tell its 'arms' from its 'anus' takes the cake.

Scanning a title with YPRL's Mobile app

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 17:33


The YPRL Mobile app makes it easy to find books, music and movies, see what’s available at your library, place holds and manage your account. But wait, there’s more.

Seen a book you like but don’t want to buy it? Using your YPRL Mobile  app, simply scan the ISBN on the back of the book. Within seconds a library copy is located and you can put a hold on it. Before you know it, you’re enjoying that book and it hasn’t cost a cent!



Trove newspapers

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 13:35

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the following newspapers which have issues that have been newly added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.


·         Adelong Argus, Tumut and Gundagai Advertiser (NSW : 1888 - 1925)*