Local Word Writing Prize 2023 is now open
Special Events

2023-24 Local Word Writing Prize is now open!

Get your entry in by 5pm Sat 27 Jan, 2024 for your chance to win $2,000.

Local Word Poetry Prize 2023

Announcing the winner of the inaugural Local Word Poetry Prize!

All the details including Highly Commended awards, and links to the shortlisted poems.

All About Kids


There's a huge line up of activities for everyone from pre-schoolers to youth. The theme isYour Story – create yours through art, craft, tech, writing and more!



New What's On Brochure out now!

See all the fantastic events and programs happening at the library this September & October.

Older woman and man wearing glasses looking at a mobile phone.
e-Know How


Building Digital Skills program

Are you over 50 and want to build your online skills? We can help with free sessions across our library network from June to December.



New Shelf Love hoodies are here! 

Find Shelf Love retail items online, and at the following libraries: Belmont, Geelong West, GLHC, Waurn Ponds and Torquay – and you can now find the whole range...



Keep up to date with what's happening at your library by subscribing to our monthly eNewsletter.

eKnow How Book-a-Librarian


Book a 30 minute one-on-one session with a librarian and they will help you make the most of the library's resources and services. Every second Friday, 10:00am to 10:30am, and alternate Tuesday afternoon, 2.00pm to 2.30pm.


Friday, 22 September 2023 - 10:30am to 2:30pm
Torquay Library

Author Encounters Judy Nunn and Black Sheep

Judy Nunn - Black Sheep

Judy Nunn’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted, from acting to screenwriting to prose. She has sold over one million books in Australia alone. Come along, listen and discuss with Judy her latest novel, 'Black Sheep'.


Tuesday, 3 October 2023 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events How to remember more of what you read

*ONLINE* How to Remember More of What You Read

Do you know that we only remember 10% of what we read? Come along and discover some strategies to help retain information effectively and compound your learning.


Thursday, 5 October 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Virtual Event

Special Events

Romantic Nostalgies - Orchestra Geelong

Experience a full orchestral performance up close & personal at the library. See one of two free half hour concerts on Sat 7 Oct by the 40+ piece community Orchestra Geelong, conducted by David Filip. Book now!


Multiple Times
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events

Edible Plants in Your Neighbourhood

From fruit trees to weeds, many neighbourhoods are full of edible plants. In this session we will cover the resources and tools available online and through the library to help you to identify edible plants.


Friday, 13 October 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Newcomb Library

Creative & Connected Shakespeare Discussion Group

Shakespeare Discussion Group

Step into the magical realm of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" a whimsical comedy about love, and the follies of being human. Whether you're a seasoned Shakespearean scholar or new to the Bard's works, come along and discuss!


Wednesday, 18 October 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Belmont Library

Special Events Carole Poustie - Memoir/Life Writing

Carole Poustie - Memoir/Life Writing

Designed for anyone with an interest in creative writing, this workshop is for those interested in writing memoir, family history, personal narrative, poetry or other kind of life writing. There will be a detailed breakdown of the writing process.


Saturday, 21 October 2023 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Special Events "You Talk, We Die" panel discussion

You Talk, We Die: A Story of Community Activism

"You Talk, We Die" documents the grassroots campaign that made a difference in Melbourne. We will discuss ways that we, as a community, could help to save lives in Geelong.


Thursday, 26 October 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

Creative & Connected Dark, foggy woods

Get to Know: Horror Fiction

Have you read everything by Dean Koontz, or Stephen King or Clive Barker? Join us as we dive into the Horror genre, discuss the push and pull of the genre, and help you to discover your next favourite scary author.


Tuesday, 31 October 2023 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Newcomb Library


Story Dogs at the Library - the paw-fect way to encourage confident young readers

We are thrilled to offer the unique Story Dogs experience for children at our libraries starting these school holidays until the end of the year.


New and improved Library Management System

This August, we're moving to a new library management system. The new system is more user friendly and intuitive for both customers and our staff.


Join the conversation..