Library FAQ


How do I join the library? 

Visit one of our four branches with identification that shows your name and address such as a drivers licence and we can join you up straight away. If you prefer, you can complete the online form before visiting and then collect your library card from any branch by showing your ID. 

Where can I view the Ku-ring-gai Library Statement of Service?

The Ku-ring-gai Library Statement of Service can be viewed in all branches and can also be read here.

Ku-ring-gai Library - Statement of Service (pdf. 338KB) 

What protection is there for my personal information?

Application for library membership requires you to provide personal information as defined in the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. This information will only be used within Ku-ring-gai Council. The supply of this information is voluntary, however, if you do not wish to provide any of the information sought it will not be possible to process your application.

What is the "Quick Pick collection"?

The Quick Pick collection is a new collection of some of the most in demand materials in the library.

How long can I borrow a Quick Pick item?

Quick pick items can be loaned for one week only with no renewals.

Can I reserve or get a Quick Pick item transferred?

Items in the collection cannot be reserved or transferred. Items are displayed in a special area and are on a first come first served basis. 

Are there Justices of the Peace at the library?

Yes, Justices of the Peace are available at Gordon, Lindfield and Turramurra libraries. Read more on the library's JP service 

How many items can I borrow?

Up to 50 items can be borrowed at any one time, regardless of the format of the item.

How long can I keep the items I borrow?

Loans are four weeks, except magazines which are two weeks. Items that have further reserves allocated on them and items from the HSC collection which have a loan period of seven days. Reserved in demand items have a loan period of two-weeks only. Occasionally the library reserves the right to limit seasonally popular materials, such as Easter and Christmas books.

How do I renew an item on loan to me?

You can renew items in person, over the phone or via the Library's online catalogue for a further four weeks if they have not been reserved by another library member. Items can only be renewed twice.

Can I reserve items from other branches?

Items at other branches can be transferred to a different branch at no charge. Contact library staff who can do this for you. There is a limit of 10 reservations at a time.

Can I reserve items that are currently on loan?

You can place a reservation on most items that appear on the library's online catalogue. You will be notified when they are ready for you to collect once they are returned to the library.

How do I log onto my library account?

Visit our online catalogue and log in using your library card ID and PIN number. You can get your PIN in person at your local library.

Can I change my details online?

You can change your PIN and email address by logging onto your library account and clicking on the 'Personal Details' tab. For other changes please contact your library.

Does the library charge fines for overdue items?

Yes, the library charges 25 cents per item per day, up to a maximum of $14 per item.

Quick pick collection items are $1.00 per day to a maximum of $14.

  • A customer cannot borrow or reserve items while there are fines owing.
  • No overdue fines apply if a customer pays for a lost/damaged item. However, replacement fees and processing charges will apply.
  • Fines are calculated from the close of business.

Can I return books to any branch of Ku-ring-gai Library?

Yes, items borrowed from any branch of Ku-ring-gai Library can be returned to either Gordon, Lindfield, St Ives or Turramurra libraries. Please take care that you don't return books to school libraries or other public libraries outside the Ku-ring-gai area. You are responsible for any item incorrectly returned to libraries other than Ku-ring-gai Libraries.

Can I borrow books from libraries outside the Ku-ring-gai area?

Yes. Ku-ring-gai Library provides an Inter-Library Loan service to assist members with accessing material not available at their local library. There is a charge of $7.50 per request (non-refundable).

Most public libraries will allow you to join as a reciprocal member if you would prefer to borrow an item in person. If the item is only available through a university of special library, an extra fee of $9 will apply, payable on collection.

How should I care for library materials?

Some library materials are very expensive, so please treat them with care. CDs and DVDs are fragile, so please take care to not scratch them. Please report damaged or faulty items to staff.

What do I do if I lose or damage an item that is on loan to me?

If you lose or damage any item you have borrowed, you will be charged for the cost of the item plus a $17.00 non refundable processing fee. Please note that replacement copies will not be accepted.
If you find the lost item you can get a refund on the cost of the item, but not the processing charge. The item must be returned to the library in good condition and within three months of being paid for.

What do I do if my library card is lost or stolen?

It is important to report the loss of your library card to library staff as soon as possible to prevent its unauthorised use. A replacement card can be issued in person from any library for a charge of $7.50. You will need to show proof of identity, with address and signature.

What do I do if I change my address?

You will need to visit one of our libraries and show us identification with your signature and your new address or alternatively log onto your profile and update your details online.

What do I do if I legally change my name?

Bring documentary proof of your new name and your signature to one of our libraries. We will cancel the card with your old name and issue you with a new card.

Does the library have any charges?

Yes. Charges are made for a number of services and facilities.

Reservations from 1 July 2019 we no longer charge to place a reservation on a title that is on loan

Inter-Library Loans (items not in the collection):

  • $7.50 for all library members if item is sourced from a non-fee charging library, or
  • $16.50 if item is only available through a fee charging institution such as a university or special library - fee passed on from lending institution (non-refundable).

Articles obtained from another library:

  • $16.50 per article up to 50 pages, then
  • $4.00 for every 50 additional pages

Library card replacement: $7.50

Programs and workshops: Prices vary, refer to program

Study Room hire: $2.00 booking fee (non-refundable)

Replacement of lost or damaged items: Cost of the item, plus $17 processing charge

Photograph fee: $12 per digitally copied photo

Research service:

  • $30 per hour - Detailed private research enquiries (non-commercial and personal research), first hour free
  • $50 per hour - Detailed commercial research enquiries (requests from heritage consultants, real estate agents, other businesses)

Colour printing in the ezone: $1.00 per A4 page

Black and white printing in the ezone: 20 cents per A4 page

Does the library have photocopiers?

All four of Ku-ring-gai's libraries have colour photocopiers. View pricing below.

Black and white copying

  • 20 cents per black and white A4 page (self service)
  • 40 cents per black and white A3 page (self service)

Colour copying

  • $1.00 per colour A4 page (self service)
  • $2.00 per colour A3 page (self service)

Microfilm / Microfiche copying (available at Gordon only)

  • 20 cents per black and white page (self service)

Does the library have word processing facilities?

Yes, word processing plus other Microsoft Office applications (2003) are available. These are installed on computers located in the ezone at each branch. You can book an ezone computer using your library card memberships number and PIN. There is no booking fee.

If you’re not a local resident you can access the ezone as a guest user by showing valid ID to a member of library staff.

Does the library have public access to the Internet?

Yes, there are public access Internet computers in the ezone at all libraries. Access is free. The library also supplies a wireless internet hot-spot at all branches for those patrons with Wi-Fi compatible devices.

Does the library have email facilities?

Yes, all libraries have access to web-based email services. These are accessed through the ezone.

Does the library have study rooms for use?

There are three study rooms available for use at Gordon Library. Rooms seat up to six people and can be booked for a two-hour period each day. A booking fee of $2.00 applies and must be paid for in advance at the library. These rooms are for private use and not commercial use ie. private/community group study only and does not include tutor services.

If you require a larger space please see Council's halls and meeting rooms for hire.

Will the library come to visit me?

Yes, the Library has a home library service and a Libraribus for elderley residents and those unable to visit a library branch.

How can I assist the library?

There are several things you can do to assist us. They include:

  • Adhere to Library regulations (copies kept at all libraries)
  • Return items on time and in good condition
  • Respect the rights of other library users
  • Notify us if you change your address
  • Report your lost card immediately
  • Suggest stock for us to purchase
  • Do not bring hot food or large bags into the library

Can I donate items to the library?

Ku-ring-gai Library welcomes donations and bequests, however they are only added to the collection if they meet the Collection Development Policy criteria. Donations can be a valuable addition to the Library's collection, especially if they relate to the local government area. Please note that:

  • Donations that do not meet the selection criteria may not be accepted.
  • All donated material becomes the property of the Library and the decision to retain or dispose of a donated resource will be the responsibility of the Library without consultation with the original owner.
  • Donations may be recycled.

Donations may not be accepted:

  • If the donor wishes to place any limitations on its use or disposal.
  • If the items are not in good condition.
  • Subject books older than 2 years.

It is advisable to contact the Library before donating items.

Community noticeboard guidelines

Each Ku-ring-gai Library has a community noticeboard to display information about community groups, services, facilities, programs and events in the local area. If you have a notice for display in our libraries please read our Community Noticeboard Guidelines (pdf. 921KB).