Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre

LMERC offers expert resource selection, information network referrals, curated lists, event displays, bulk loans, staff visits, and rural school mail delivery.

LMERC services include:

  • expert assistance with selection and evaluation of resources
  • referral to other information networks
  • resource lists and bibliographies
  • displays of resources for special events
  • bulk loans (by negotiation)
  • staff group visits (by appointment)
  • free postal service for government schools (trial for Term 1, 2024).

Watch an introductory video to learn more about LMERC's services.

Online catalogue

View the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) online catalogue. You do not need to be a member to search the LMERC catalogue. To search the library, enter your search term in the box at the top of the screen.

Contact LMERC if you would like to become a member and borrow resources.


LMERC membership is available to:

  • teachers from all Victorian school sectors and community language schools
  • staff and students from tertiary education faculties
  • DE staff.


To apply for membership, you can visit LMERC in person and fill in an application form or join online. Click on the register button on the LMERC homepage.

Rural and regional members

Teachers in non-metropolitan schools can join LMERC online. Contact LMERC by telephone or email to request resources. Rural and regional government school borrowers can receive their loans free of charge by post.

During Term 1 2024, the department is trialling free return postage.

We encourage these borrowers to visit the library when possible to view the extensive range of materials in the collection.

Borrowing periods

Borrower typeNumber of itemsLoan period
School teachers and staff from tertiary education faculties2012-week loan
Pre-service teachers106-week loan

Longer loan periods can be arranged in certain circumstances. Please contact library staff for details.

Returning loans

Loans can only be returned during LMERC opening hours. There is no facility for after hours returns.

Library collection

The LMERC library specialises in providing resources in all formats for English as an Additional Language (EAL), languages and the cross curriculum priority areas. Resources suitable for all levels, from early years to adult, are available.

The collection contains a range of practical classroom and curriculum development resources related to second language acquisition and language teaching methodology, multilingualism, the cross curriculum priority areas and intercultural capability.

Materials include academic texts, articles, electronic resources, picture books, novels, non-fiction reading material, lesson plans and activities, games and big books. Many of the picture story books are bilingual.

Department resources

Some DE resources for EAL teachers and learners have been updated. The publications listed below are available for download from Arc learning:


Each term we produce a newsletter to inform teachers about new resources, book reviews, upcoming events and useful online resources.

To subscribe to the LMERC newsletter please send your email address with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line, to:

Location and opening hours


Level 1, CO.AS.IT Building
189 Faraday St
Carlton VIC 3053

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 am 5:00 pm, including school holidays
  • Returns can only be made during opening hours