Ballarat Libraries

Ballarat Central Library is temporarily moved to Ballarat Town Hall while redevelopment works are conducted at the Doveton Street library building. See more below.  

Front entrance of Ballarat Library

New temporary library location

Ballarat Town Hall is set to be transformed into a pop-up library while redevelopment works are conducted at the Central Ballarat Library on Doveton Street. 

Ballarat Library at Town Hall opened on 10 November.

It is expected the Ballarat Library at Town Hall will be in use for about 12 months while the project is complete. 

The Sebastopol Library and Wendouree Library remain open as usual, and their opening hours and locations can be found below. 

Read more about the library development or read the Frequently Asked Questions.


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Opening hours for our libraries

Ballarat Library at 178 Doveton Street is closed for redevelopment until late 2023 

Ballarat Library at Town Hall
This venue does not have an after hours return chute.

  • Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Sebastopol Library 

  • Monday 9.30am-5pm 
  • Tuesday 9.30am-5pm 
  • Wednesday 9.30am-5pm 
  • Thursday 9.30am-8pm 
  • Friday 9.30am-5pm 
  • Saturday 9.30am-12pm 
  • Sunday Closed 

Wendouree Library 

  • Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm 
  • Saturday 9.30am-12pm 
  • Sunday Closed 

Library Outreach 

  • Tuesday, Lucas Community Hub, 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, Buninyong Community House, 2pm-5pm 
  • Friday, Salvation Army at Delacombe, 10am-12pm 

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, it may be necessary to temporarily close our libraries at short notice, or to modify our opening hours due to unavoidable staff shortages. 

We understand this can be frustrating and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Our e-resources can be downloaded at any time. 

Patrons are encouraged to check the library website for service updates.


Branch and program updates

Interlibrary holds program
The interlibrary holds program will be altered from Monday 17 October 2022 due to a change in the courier service used by Public Libraries Victoria. City of Ballarat library patrons will no longer be able to order material from throughout Victoria. Holds placed before this date will still be filled. Library users will also be given the option to pay for library materials to come from another library service if an item required is not available through any other means. The sharing of material will only be possible within the Central Highlands Library network (CHL). The eight councils that form the CHL are: City of Ballarat, Ararat Rural City Council, Central Goldfields Shire, Hepburn Shire, Moorabool Shire, Northern Grampians Shire, Pyrenees Shire, and Southern Grampians Shire. There will still be approximately 250,000 items available for loan within the network and a further 32,000 e-resources available. 

These changes are happening in library services across Victoria and it is hoped the change will only be temporary. For more information contact the Ballarat Library on 5338 6850 or

Home Library Service
A limited service will continue. Not taking new clients at this stage.

Storytime is available at all library branches and outreach locations. See the library website for session times.

Technology Q&As
Sessions are available at all libraries and bookings are required. You can book Technology Q&As online, over the phone or in person at any library.

Computer access

Public computers are available at Ballarat Library at Town Hall, Wendouree and Sebastopol Libraries.

Photocopying, scanning and printing is available at all libraries. Fees and charges apply.  

Contact us

For more information contact the Ballarat Library on 5338 6850 or


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