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  • Bring your library card, or join on arrival (with proof of address), to browse the collection and borrow items at the self-checkout kiosks
  • Your library card will be scanned on entry for contact tracing
  • No appointment time is required
  • Bookable study spots are available at Woollahra Library at Double Bay in specified time slots for up to 3 hours per person per day
  • Computer bookings are available for 45 minutes, 2 hours or 3 hours at Double Bay, Paddington and Watsons Bay
  • Printers, photocopiers and scanners are available at all our libraries. You can also print from your device
  • Only directional assistance can be provided by Library staff
  • Returned items will remain on your card for at least 72 hours while they are quarantined
  • All in-person events & programs are being held online. Recordings of past online events and children’s programs are available online

Don’t forget…

  • Do not come to the Library if you are feeling unwell
  • Please practise social distancing
  • There is no casual seating available at any of the libraries. Food and drinks (other than bottled water) cannot be consumed in the libraries
  • Please treat our staff with courtesy and respect

Our libraries aren't just places of books; they're spaces where you can connect to others in your community, learn new things, develop ideas and feel inspired.


Books, CDs, DVDs, ebooks and more by searching the library catalogue, databases or our Local History Digital Archive.


Find out what items can be borrowed and for how long.


Not ready to return your items? Renew online.


Membership is free and you can join online.


View our fees or pay online and top up your library card.

Please bring your library card with you when you visit the library.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If the item you'd like is already loaned by someone else... make a reservation

If you can't find what you want in our catalogue... request an item