Library services impacted by coronavirus

We’re taking measures to help reduce the effects of Covid-19.

All library branches and links are closed until further notice to comply with national regulations.

The library’s digital collections can be accessed from home and include ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and enewspapers. You can also stream films and music. See below for details.

All library programs and events have been cancelled until further notice. If you’ve booked a ticket to one of our events, we’ll be in touch with further information. Tickets for paid events will be refunded. Partial refunds will be made for workshop programs part way through.

Return chutes are now closed. Please keep your borrowed items at home until our libraries reopen.

You can contact our library team by emailing library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or calling 02 9265 9333.

Find out more about the City’s response to the coronavirus.

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Library closures

In line with the national coronavirus restrictions announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday 24 March, all our library branches and library links are required to close until further notice.

Membership renewals

Memberships that have expired in the past month or are due to expire in the next 3 months have been extended until 30 June 2020.

If your membership expired over a month ago, please contact us by email library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 9265 9333.

Loans and returns

Please hold on to your library loans for now. We'll advise when the library will reopen. At this time the return chutes are closed.

If you're moving away from Sydney, please ask family or a friend to return your loans when we reopen.

All loans have been automatically renewed while the library is closed.

Reserved items

If you received a notification to collect your reserve, this isn't possible now the branches are closed. We'll update you on the status of your collection when we re-open.

All other existing reservations won’t be processed at this time. New reservations are suspended until further notice.

Inter-library loans

Inter-library loan requests are suspended until further notice.

Booking a library venue

All library venue bookings are suspended until further notice. Our venue hire team has contacted people who had an existing booking.

Home library service

The home library service is continuing to operate for existing home library members.

Justices of the Peace

The NSW Justices Association has temporarily closed its JP service at our library branches and customer service centres. Visit Department of Communities and Justice to find other JP services that may be available.

Featured digital resources available free to members

ebooks Indyreads is a recently added resource that gives members access to a collection of ebooks from major and independent publishers, self-published authors and local writers. Log in using your library membership number and pin. This service also has an app for mobile devices.

Fiction and non-fiction ebooks Over 11,000 ebooks for adults and children are available for loan to download straight to your device. Search the catalogue now or read our how to guide for ebooks.

eaudiobooks Members can download over 2,300 eaudiobooks including classics like The Godfather by Mario Puzo, blockbusters like Lion by Saroo Brierley and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Search the catalogue now or read our how to guide for eaudiobooks.

emagazines Released at the same time as the print editions, access titles ranging from The New Yorker and The Economist to Gourmet Traveller, National Geographic, Vogue and Hello! magazine.

emagazines are available on RB Digital and Library PressReader by creating an account with your library membership number. These services also have apps for mobile devices.

Over 2,000 popular Chinese language magazines are also available via Dragonsource. Login using your library membership number. Find out how to set up a new account.

enewspapers Many Australian and international newspapers are available online through the Library PressReader website or app by creating an account with your library membership number. You can also search through newspaper databases available remotely using your library login details.

Freegal music steaming From Khalid and Tones and I to David Bowie and Frank Sinatra, access over 15 million songs from 40,000 labels, including Sony Music. There's also playlists for yoga, workouts and reading. With no software to download, start browsing and listening now.

ecomics Popular comics, graphic novels and manga titles for kids and adults are available on RB Digital by creating an account with your library membership number. This service also has an app for mobile devices.

emovies Stream award winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites directly from Beamafilm. Login using your library membership number.

Mango Languages This interactive program has 70 different languages to choose from including English. Create an account with your library membership number.

Resources for children

Story Box Library is a recently added resource that gives members access to an online reading room. Listen and watch stories read by well-known Australian storytellers including actors, comedians, musicians, artists, authors and children. Login using your library membership number.

Storyline Online, an award-winning children's literacy website streams free videos featuring well- known actors reading children's books. You don’t need to be library member to access this website.

Junior and young adult ebooks are available for loan to download straight to your device. Search the catalogue now or read our how to guide for ebooks.

In addition to the library’s eaudiobooks for children, Audible is currently providing free streaming of a collection of kids stories in 6 languages.

Our Beamafilm streaming service has a selection of Children and Family films

PK magazine for primary school children includes stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science projects, competitions, sporting heroes and interviews with authors.

Spine Out is an online magazine for young adults to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

Members can access research databases including Encyclopaedia Britannica which has different versions for kids and teens.

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