How many items can you borrow
You can borrow a total of 50 items at one time. Some types of items have limits on how many you can borrow at once.
- Up to 30 CDs or DVDs
- Up to 5 Vox books
- Up to 2 games, language kits, English as a second language kits, Top 5 books and Top 20 books.
How long can you borrow items
You can borrow most items for 21 days (3 weeks) except for:
- Magazines - 7 days (1 week)
- Top 20 and Top 5 books - 14 days (2 weeks)
- Language kits and English as a second language kits - 42 days (6 weeks)
How to borrow an item
All Merri-bek libraries have Self Service kiosks.
Choose the items you want and bring them to a Self Service kiosk with your Library Card. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete your loan. Staff are available to assist if required.
Library items you cannot borrow
You cannot borrow Reference books, local history material, current magazines and newspapers. They may only be viewed in the library.
Borrowing items from other libraries
You can ask to borrow an item from a library that is not in Merri-bek. You can search other library catalogues to find items you may want to borrow.
Renew or reserve an item
When you have borrowed items, they will be automatically renewed for you twice unless they are reserved for someone else or if they are a popular item type such as a Top 20 or Top 5 book or an In Demand DVD.
You can login into your account in the library catalogue to check to see whether your items need to be returned or can be renewed.
When you are logged into your account, you can also reserve items.
We do not charge overdue fees. If you have overdue items, you will not be able to borrow more items, use eresources or PCs at the library until you have returned the overdue items.