Library Information

The Shire of Gingin is home to two public libraries located in Gingin and Lancelin. Both of these libraries are operated by the Shire in Gingin in conjunction with the State Library of Western Australia and the Gingin Community Resource Centre.

Membership

Membership to the Shire of Gingin public libraries is free to all permanent West Australian residents.   Membership can be obtained in person by completing a library membership form and providing suitable identification at either library branch.

Visitors to the Shire of Gingin who are not permanent residents of Western Australia can obtain a temporary library membership. Please discuss options for temporary membership with either the Gingin or Lancelin Libraries. 

Collection

The Shire of Gingin library collections include: 

  • Books including large print adult fiction, standard print adult fiction, adult non-fiction, biographies, young adult fiction, junior fiction, junior non-fiction, junior kindy picture and board books
  • Audio books (CD) in both MP3 and non-MP3 format.
  • DVDs
  • Local history resources

Borrowing Items

Library members can borrow up to 10 items at any one time for a three week borrowing period. Due dates for borrowed items can be extended by emailing or calling your library branch to renew your loan.

Inter-library loans

As part of the State Library of Western Australia’s network of public libraries, the Shire of Gingin libraries have access to books and audio-books held right across the state.  If you require access to items that aren’t available from Gingin or Lancelin libraries please complete a request form.  Our library staff will do their best to access a copy of the requested item for you. 

From 1 July 2023 there will be changes to the delivery of the inter-library loans service in Western Australia in response to increased transport costs and sustainability issues impacting the service.
 
Inter-library loans are not being suspended, and there is no reduction in State Government funding for public library services.
 
Material requested by library users which is not currently in an individual library’s collection will be supplied in electronic format (e.g eBooks) in the first instance.

Print copies can be purchased on demand when an electronic version is unavailable or cannot meet user needs. Inter-library loans will still be available when requested materials cannot be suppled in either of these ways.

e-resources

As a member of Gingin or Lancelin Library you are provided with free access to a vast array of online e-resources.  This includes e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, e-newspapers and movie streaming.

Arts & Humanities

Digital Literacy

Be Connected - Be Connected aims to improve confidence, skills and online safety of Australians. It is an Australian Government initiative empowering people to thrive in the digital world. Access eResource

eSafety Commissioner - eSafety aims to help Australians navigate the internet safely. Access eResource

GCF Global – Free Education - The Goodwill Community Foundation offers free online courses on technical and creative topics. These aim to improve skills and knowledge using videos, games and interactive lessons. Access eResource

Scamwatch - Scamwatch is an online resource of the latest scams, scam news and tips for Australians. The site has an option to report scams to the ACCC. Access eResource

Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is an online library of free eBooks. It largely contains books that are in the public domain. These have been digitised by volunteers. Access eResource

Historical Panoramas - Historical Panoramas features panoramic photographs of Perth and Fremantle. These panoramas show how Perth has developed over a period of more than 150 years. Access eResource

Khan Academy - Khan Academy produces short video lessons and includes practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are free. Access eResource

Atlas of Living Australia - The Atlas of Living Australia is an online database of Australian biodiversity. It includes education resources, interactive maps and citizen science projects. Access eResource

OldPerth - Navigate through space and time with the OldPerth project created in cooperation with Curtin University HIVE.  Explore thousands of State Library images that are geotagged with an interactive map. This resource includes lesson plans for teachers and classroom activities. Access eResource

Open Library - Open Library collects details of published books. It also holds loanable copies of eBooks including some about or from Australia. It makes audiobooks available to print for disabled people. Access eResource

The National Library of Australia - The National Library of Australia collects and preserves items of national significance. It holds the world's largest library collection relating to Australia and Australian people. Access eResource

Kindergarten to Year 6

Busy Things Online - Busythings helps children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy. Access eResource
Access Type: With a Shire of Gingin Library card

Year 7 to Year 12

Aussie Driver - Aussie Driver provides practice learner driving tests. It also contains comprehensive information on Western Australian road rules. Access eResource

Australian Dictionary of Biography - The Australian Dictionary of Biography contains biographical information on over 13,000 people. It is a useful source of historical information on notable Australians. Access eResource

Design and Art Australia Online - Design & Art Australia Online contains data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators. The site is a space for people to share and analyse data about Australian art and design history. Access eResource

Duolingo - Duolingo is a language-learning website and mobile app. Through bit-size lessons, it makes learning a language fun. Access eResource

EPA Climate Change - The EPA Climate Change site contains a wealth of information on climate change, including facts, research and resources. It also suggests ways to reduce emissions, from the national to individual level. Access eResource

Map Search - Map Search allows layering of various historical Australian maps over current maps. It provides an interactive way of exploring how places have changed over time. Access eResource

National Archives of Australia - The National Archives of Australia collects, preserves and provides access to Government records. Many records are available online for professional research or personal interest. Access eResource

NationalMap - NationalMap is an online map-based tool. It allows easy access to spatial data from Australian government agencies. Various datasets can be overlaid and explored on the map. Access eResource

Year 11 and 12 WA Curriculum - SCSA's pages on the senior school WA curriculum is a helpful source of information for students studying for ATAR or WACE qualifications. The site includes course materials, syllabuses and supporting material. Access eResource

Education

Digital Literacy

Be Connected - Be Connected aims to improve confidence, skills and online safety of Australians. It is an Australian Government initiative empowering people to thrive in the digital world. Access eResource

eSafety Commissioner - eSafety aims to help Australians navigate the internet safely. Access eResource

GCF Global – Free Education - The Goodwill Community Foundation offers free online courses on technical and creative topics. These aim to improve skills and knowledge using videos, games and interactive lessons. Access eResource

Scamwatch - Scamwatch is an online resource of the latest scams, scam news and tips for Australians. The site has an option to report scams to the ACCC. Access eResource

Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is an online library of free eBooks. It largely contains books that are in the public domain. These have been digitised by volunteers. Access eResource

Historical Panoramas - Historical Panoramas features panoramic photographs of Perth and Fremantle. These panoramas show how Perth has developed over a period of more than 150 years. Access eResource

Khan Academy - Khan Academy produces short video lessons and includes practice exercises and materials for educators. All resources are free. Access eResource

Atlas of Living Australia - The Atlas of Living Australia is an online database of Australian biodiversity. It includes education resources, interactive maps and citizen science projects. Access eResource

OldPerth - Navigate through space and time with the OldPerth project created in cooperation with Curtin University HIVE.  Explore thousands of State Library images that are geotagged with an interactive map. This resource includes lesson plans for teachers and classroom activities. Access eResource

Open Library - Open Library collects details of published books. It also holds loanable copies of eBooks including some about or from Australia. It makes audiobooks available to print for disabled people. Access eResource

The National Library of Australia - The National Library of Australia collects and preserves items of national significance. It holds the world's largest library collection relating to Australia and Australian people. Access eResource

Kindergarten to Year 6

Busy Things Online - Busythings helps children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy. Access eResource
Access Type: With a Shire of Gingin Library card

Year 7 to Year 12

Aussie Driver - Aussie Driver provides practice learner driving tests. It also contains comprehensive information on Western Australian road rules. Access eResource

Australian Dictionary of Biography - The Australian Dictionary of Biography contains biographical information on over 13,000 people. It is a useful source of historical information on notable Australians. Access eResource

Design and Art Australia Online - Design & Art Australia Online contains data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators. The site is a space for people to share and analyse data about Australian art and design history. Access eResource

Duolingo - Duolingo is a language-learning website and mobile app. Through bit-size lessons, it makes learning a language fun. Access eResource

EPA Climate Change - The EPA Climate Change site contains a wealth of information on climate change, including facts, research and resources. It also suggests ways to reduce emissions, from the national to individual level. Access eResource

Map Search - Map Search allows layering of various historical Australian maps over current maps. It provides an interactive way of exploring how places have changed over time. Access eResource

National Archives of Australia - The National Archives of Australia collects, preserves and provides access to Government records. Many records are available online for professional research or personal interest. Access eResource

NationalMap - NationalMap is an online map-based tool. It allows easy access to spatial data from Australian government agencies. Various datasets can be overlaid and explored on the map. Access eResource

Year 11 and 12 WA Curriculum - SCSA's pages on the senior school WA curriculum is a helpful source of information for students studying for ATAR or WACE qualifications. The site includes course materials, syllabuses and supporting material. Access eResource

History

Aboriginal Family History

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies - AIATSIS focuses on the history and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The site includes resources, research and publications. It also has a section on Aboriginal family history. Access eResource

Peoples Ocean Knowledge Trail of Cockburn Sound & Districts/ Nyungar Wardan Katitjin Bidi - Derbal Nara - Nyungar Wardan Katitjin Bidi is a Nyungar knowledge trail. It presents Aboriginal values and knowledge about living on the coast. Access eResource

Storylines - Developed to provide direct access to the significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections that we hold. Browse thousands of photographs, find your family and assist the State Library in identifying and returning this vital material. Access eResource

First Languages Australia - First Languages Australia promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The site contains educational resources including an interactive languages map. Access eResource

Noongar Boodjar Language Cultural Aboriginal Corporation - Noongar Boodjar has information and learning resources about the Noongar language and dialects, including resources and books on Noongar culture. Access eResource

Australia Family History

Ancestry Library Edition - Ancestry Library Edition has 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases used to assist family history research from the Australia, United Kingdom and all around the world. Access eResource
Access Type:  Within the Gingin and Lancelin Building

Australian Medical Pioneers Index - Australian medical pioneers is a database of early Australian doctors. It includes doctors who were resident in Australia up to 1875. Access eResource

Design and Art Australia Online - Design & Art Australia Online contains data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators. The site is a space for people to share and analyse data about Australian art and design history. Access eResource

Geoscience Australia's Historical Aerial Photography (HAP) Program - The Historical Aerial Photography collection tracks the use and development of land. It is a helpful way of locating places in Australia from 1928 to the present. Photographs can be searched by state and are free to view. Access eResource

inHerit  - inHerit contains information about heritage places and listings in Western Australia. This includes state and some local government heritage listings. Access eResource

Colonial History

Australian Dictionary of Biography - The Australian Dictionary of Biography contains biographical information on over 13,000 people. It is a useful source of historical information on notable Australians. Access eResource

Biodiversity Heritage Library - The Biodiversity Heritage Library contains many books and archives on global biodiversity. Full text of rare and early publications relating to Western Australia is available. Access eResource

Languages

Auslan Signbank -The Auslan signbank is a language resource site for Auslan (Australian Sign Language). It includes an Auslan dictionary, medical and health signs, Auslan classes and videos. Access eResource

BorrowBox - BorrowBox provides access to WA Public Libraries' fiction and LOTE eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine collection. Access eResource
Access Type: With a Shire of Gingin Library card

Duolingo - Duolingo is a language-learning website and mobile app. Through bit-size lessons, it makes learning a language fun. Access eResource

LOTE4Kids - LOTE4Kids is a digital collection of picture books (eBooks and audiobooks) in a diverse range of World Languages. It allows kids to enjoy the magic of books and other activities in LOTE (Languages Other Than English), both in State Library and at home. Access eResource
Access Type: With a Shire of Gingin Library card

The Law

AusPat Patent Search Database Australia - AusPat is a database containing Australian patent applications. It allows for search of patents and subscription to cases of interest. Access eResource

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) - AustLII provides free internet access to Australasian legal materials. AustLII's broad public policy agenda is to improve access to justice through better access to information and is one of the largest sources of legal materials on the Internet. Access eResource

Directory of Open Access Journals - The Directory of Open Access Journals provides free peer-reviewed journals. There are over 15,000 journals available with high quality full research articles. The articles are available in a variety of languages and cover a number of subjects. Access eResource

eSafety Commissioner - eSafety aims to help Australians navigate the internet safely. Access eResource

Legal Aid WA - Legal Aid is the largest provider of legal aid services in Western Australia, with over 300 lawyers and support staff in 9 offices across Perth and regional WA. Access eResource

Money Smart - Money Smart aims to help Australians manage their money better. It contains free tools and tips to help build financial knowledge. Access eResource

National Construction Code - The National Construction Code provides technical design and construction provisions for Australian buildings. The site contains all three volumes of the Code. Free registration is required. Access eResource

Product Safety Australia - Product Safety Australia provides safety information on products available in Australia. It also covers product safety laws and recalls on products. Access eResource

Your Home - Your Home is a guide to building, buying or renovating a sustainable home. It includes advice and plans that suit various Australian climates. Access eResource

GCF Global – Free Education - The Goodwill Community Foundation offers free online courses on technical and creative topics. These aim to improve skills and knowledge using videos, games and interactive lessons. Access eResource

Early Learning

Gingin and Lancelin libraries provide free rhyme & story time sessions to children aged 0 – 5.  These sessions include story telling, singing rhymes, instruments, play and craft activities.  Rhyme and story time helps to:

  • Develop pre-literacy, communication and social skills
  • Encourage a love of books and language,
  • Teach the value of reading from birth
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play and movement
  • Stimulate the imagination
  • Encourage parents as their child’s first teacher
  • Teach songs and rhymes

Rhyme and Story Time Schedule

School term only

Gingin Library – Monday at 9:30am

Lancelin Library – Wednesday at 9:30am

BETTER BEGINNINGS

In conjunction with the State Library of Western Australia and partially funded by the Shire of Gingin, the Better Beginnings family literacy program is promoted by Gingin and Lancelin libraries.

Each new born baby attending the Child Health Centre will receive a free yellow Better Beginnings bag containing a variety of useful items and information about the benefits of reading to babies.

At two years of age, every child can request a free Better Beginnings pack from their library that provides parents with resources to use at home. 

All kindy children participate in the Better Beginnings program with free reading packs provided by the library to students at school.

 

Families with home-schooled children can contact their local public library to arrange to collect their free reading packs.

Better Beginnings Discovery Backpacks

Better Beginnings Discovery Backpacks are available for loan from your library . Backpacks are linked to learning areas in the Curriculum Framework - English, Math and Science. Their contents include books, puppets, self-paced activities, an audiobook and literacy games. There are also some great reading tips and online activities for you and your child to complete together.

Download the Bright Tomorrows Parenting App and sign up to 'A Rhyme A Day' to access 30 fun nursery rhyme videos. 

Further Resources

In addition to the Shire of Gingin’s two public libraries a community library run by volunteers is located near Guilderton Holiday Park, 2 Dewar St, Guilderton WA 6041.

Contact Information

GINGIN

LANCELIN

A: 1 Lily King Place, Gingin  WA  6503
T: (08) 9575 5153

E:  ginginlibrary@gingin.wa.gov.au

FACEBOOK

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Closed weekends and public holidays

        

A: 255 Vins Way, Lancelin  WA  6044
T: (08) 9575 5155

E: lancelin@gingin.wa.gov.au

FACEBOOK

Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 4.00pm (closed for lunch 1.00pm-1.30pm)
  • Closed weekends and public holidays