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Borrowing

The BMI Collections includes hardback, paperback, DVDs, and talking book cassettes across a number of genres including latest releases and old favourites in crime fiction, mystery and suspense, Scandinavian thrillers, great Australian writers, and a great range of non-fiction titles. Plus, there are complete sets of ‘same character’ series – numbered in sequence on the spine.

Despite the library operating in a heritage space, everything that could be expected in a modern library can be found at the BMI, such as free internet access, photocopying, local daily newspapers and a reading area with comfortable armchairs.

Find a book

Explore our fiction and non fiction catalogue >

We are soon to be the beneficiaries of the Ballarat Film Society DVD collection- keep an eye out for more great films to borrow.

New Books
New books are added to the collection for borrowing each month, which will be in our monthly newsletter and on this page >.
Write a Review

If you enjoy our collection of books, we would like to hear from you. Why not write a review of a book you have read and make your own recommendations. Subject to popularity we may create a community forum. 

Review your book below.

Book Sales

Now and again the collection is reviewed and some surplus, duplicate or non-current titles are made available for sale in the library. Keep an eye on the newsletter of latest news page for updates.

Donations

We do take donations of books in good order.

Contact Rosemary for details:

library@ballaratmi.org.au

Book Clubs – the reading room
The Reading Room is a member run book reading and discussion group that meets monthly,  all are welcome to join but you must be or become a member. The sessions are free and when possible will be held in our Heritage Reading Room. The titles discussed will be published in our monthly newsletter and social media and Latest Library News on this website. 
If you wish to participate please go to The Reading Room webpage and register your interest.
other Book Clubs 

We also run other Book Clubs, if you would like information on these sessions please contact the Librarian:

library@ballaratmi.org.au

Self Selection Loan Books

Our Library members are welcome to make an on-line selection of books for collection. Please select the category you have an interest in below, note the book title and ID number on the Reserve Form and Rosemary will do the rest.

  • All fiction titles are sorted by author.
  • Non-Fiction books are listed twice, once by date, so you can find the latest titles, and they are also listed by common subject titles and authors and Authors.

Click & Collect

For Click & Collect services follow the same principle as ‘self selection’ and wait for Rosemary’s instruction. We will operate this service during the pandemic when permitted. If in doubt submit a reserve request and we will advise you.

It is important to note that is not possible to visit the library under the current restrictions. If in doubt contact Rosemary via the form or ring the Library.  It is also important that when you are able to collect please ensure you check-in via the QR CODE.

FICTION & NON FICTION CATELOGUE

Updated August 2021

Australian Fiction

Historical

Literature

Mystery

Non-Fiction by Date

Non-Fiction by Subject

Romance

Non-Fiction by Date

Non-Fiction by Subject

Romance

Mystery 
A Harmless Lie | Sara Blaedel
Mystery 
The Silent Sisters | Robert Dugoni
Mystery 
The Midnight Hour | Elly Griffiths
Mystery 
Going Dark | Neil Lancaster
Mystery 
Beach Murder | Michael Ledwidge
Mystery 
Dead Against Her | Melinda Leigh
Mystery 
No Less The Devil | Stuart MacBride
Mystery 
Six Graves | Angela Marsons
Mystery 
The Night Caller | Martina Murphy
Mystery 
22 Seconds | James Patterson
Mystery 
Three Debts Paid | Anne Perry
Mystery 
Watch Her Disappear | Lisa Regan
Mystery 
The Murders at Fleat House | Lucinda Riley
Mystery 
The Devil's Bargain | Ruth Rimington
Mystery 
Old Sins | Aline Templeton
Australian 
Dancing with the Enemy | Diane Armstrong
Australian
Mara's Choice | Anna Jacobs
Australian
A Valley Dream | Anna Jacobs
Australian
The Island | Adrian McKinty
Australian 
The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
Scandanavian
The Fallout | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Scandanavian
Bitter Flowers | Gunnar Staalesen
Novel
Lessons in Chemistry | Bonnie Garmus
Novel
The Distant Shores | Santa Montefiore
Novel
the Call of the Penguins | Hazel Prior
Novel
The Girl From Lace Island | Joanna Rees
Novel
the Last Summer | Karen Swan
Novel
A Terrible Kindness | Jo Browning Wroe
Novel
Esther's Children | Caroline Beecham
Historical
The German Wife | Kelly Rimmer
Historical
The Resistance Girl | Mandy Robotham
Psychological
The Long Weekend | Gilly MacMillan
Non Fiction
Outback Teacher | Sally Gare
Mystery 
Dream Town | David Baldacci
Mystery 
The Match | Harlan Coben
Mystery 
Grimm Up North | David J Gatward
Mystery 
Evil Intent | Jane Isaac
Mystery 
City of the Dead | James Patterson
Mystery 
Vanished | Lynda La Plante
Mystery 
Beach Murder | Michael Ledwidge
Mystery 
Dead Man's Stone | TG Reid
Mystery 
Everyone in my Family has Killed Someone | Benjamin Stevenson
Historical
Beautiful Little Fools | Jillian Cantor
Historical
Sister Stardust | Jane Green
Historical 
The Nurses' War | Victoria Purman
Mystery 
The Diamond Eye | Kate Quinn
Romance
What Eden Did Next | Sheila O'Flanagan
Scandanavian
The Sorrow Stone | Kari Gislason
Novel
Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens | Shankari Chandran
Novel 
Mothers and Daughters | Erica James
Novel
Lessons in Chemistry | Bonnie Garmus
Novel
Three Sisters | Heather Morris
Novel
Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop | Rebecca Raisin
Literature
French Braid | Anne Tyler
Australian
The Winter Dress | Lauren Chater
Australian
Brunswick Street Blues | Sally Bothroyd
Australian
The Scarlet Cross | Lyn McFarlane
Australian
The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
Non-Fiction
Apollo & Thelma | Jon Faine