Library services

Please note the computers in the E-Zone at Gordon Library will be unavailable on Tuesday 20 April from 9am to 2pm, due to a training session. Computers will still be available at Lindfield, Turramurra and St Ives libraries from 9.30am. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Anyone entering the Library, must sign in using the Services NSW app or the photo app on their phone or by completing a contact tracing slip supplied by the Library staff. It is strongly encouraged that anyone over the age of 12 wear a mask while in our indoor public spaces including our Libraries.

There are limits on services and the time you can stay in the Library. This is to ensure government guidelines on COVID-19 are followed.  You are able to:

  • Browse the shelves and borrow items. 
  • Use the printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. Click here for a how to guide to print remotely from your device.
  • Return your books to the after-hours chute.
  • Use computers for pre-booked half-hour blocks. Click here to book a computer. Only available for library members.

All payments are contactless to limit the handling of money in our libraries. The safety of our community, patrons and staff is our number one priority.

Library events

Go to our Library events page for upcoming events

Senior's Festival 13 to 24 April 2021

This year the NSW Seniors Festival is being held from Tuesday 13 April to Saturday 24 April 2021. The theme for this year is In our nature.

Ku-ring-gai Library is running online information sessions that may provide answers to the myriad of questions you have. For more information view our Library events page.

In addition, the State Library of NSW provides direct links to more information about seniors and the law, drugs and alcohol. Check out the State Library's website.

For more information, please contact your nearest branch.

Hygiene and social distancing

Each branch Library will be cleaned daily between opening times and borrowed items appropriately quarantined when returned.

Please practice social distancing and hand hygiene when visiting branches.

Card only payments

All payments are contactless to limit the handling of money in our Libraries. The safety of our community, patrons and staff is our priority. 

Book study rooms and tables

Maximum capacity of people in this Library is now 100.

Ku-ring-gai Library is constantly reviewing the policies centred around providing a safe environment during COVID-19. The Library's priority has always been the safety of its members, visitors and staff while providing access to the Library. 

Ku-ring-gai Library has study desks available for patrons and visitors to use throughout the day.  Patrons and visitors are asked to vacate their seats half an hour before closing times so staff can clean. Thank you for your assistance.

Please note that patrons will no longer have to book into a study session but they are required to follow mandatory contact tracing regulations and enter their details via the QR code or by completing a contact tracing slip at the entrance to the Library. The QR code is also available at all three information desks as well as on all available sit and study tables.

Members and visitors are reminded to still respect all social distancing requirements and only sit in allocated seating.

In addition, Gordon Library will offer the following services and please note that study rooms at Gordon branch still need to be booked online:

  • Maximum 2 hour limit.
  • Only 4 people per room (during COVID-19 conditions).
  • $2 (non refundable) charge applies per room.
  • You must be a library member to book a study room.
  • Bookings for local studies research appointments. 
  • Study rooms are not available for paid tutoring or commercial use.
  • A maximum of three reservations on different days can be made in advance.
  • Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
  • Room reservations are forfeited if you do not take possession of the room within 15 minutes of booking start time.
  • Study rooms are not sound proof, and occupants should keep their noise level in check.
  • Rooms must be left neat and tidy.
  • Personal belongings left unattended in rooms will be removed and taken to lost property.
  • Do not write on the walls, they are not whiteboards.
  • During COVID-19 conditions, study rooms may not be available for use during periods assigned for library cleaning (times subject to change).

Your library in your palm - Spydus mobile app

Access to the Ku-ring-gai Library catalogue is now even easier through the Spydus Mobile App on your Apple iOS and Android devices:

A few key features include:

  • Search for items.
  • View your loans.
  • Update your personal information.
  • Use your camera to scan an ISBN in a bookstore to check if the Ku-ring-gai Library has copies.
  • Discover so much more by downloading the Spydus App free onto your mobile devices from Google Play and iTunes.

Once you have downloaded the app:

  • Select Ku-ring-gai Library.
  • Click on the login button.
  • Enter your Borrower ID (library card number).
  • Enter your password.
  • Select your branch - Gordon, Lindfield, St Ives, Turramurra; and away you go.

Community Connections Hot Desk 

Gordon Library Community Connections Hot Desk is held on the 3rd Friday of the month, 10am - 12noon where different topic and service providers will be available for community members.

The hot desk offers local service providers with the opportunity to connect with the community in the trusted environment of the library.  The service consultant can settle issues themselves or refer/recommend an effective course of action on a set topic.

The Community Connections Hot Desk has helped link our community with services such as LifeLine, ADHD support, Vision Australia among many others who provide invaluable support to our community.

For further information please contact Cathie on 9424 0120.

Find legal answers - getting help

As we continue to navigate unknown territory, legal help may be needed for problems associated with employment, money, renting or other issues arising from COVID-19.

Information that may answer your legal questions or concerns

Justice of the Peace

JP services make a welcome return to Ku-ring-gai Library

JP services are available during the following hours:

Turramurra Library

Tuesday 3pm - 4.30pm 
Wednesday 3pm - 4.30pm
1st and 3rd Saturday 3pm - 4.30pm

Lindfield Library

Tuesday 10am - 12pm

Gordon Library

Monday 10am - 11.30am and 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday  10am -11.30am
Wednesday  10am - 11.30am
Thursday 10am - 11.30am and 5.30pm - 6.30pm

During your meeting with the JP, please adhere to the following instructions:

  • Check in using QR code.
  • Take a ticket.
  • Maintain social distancing when waiting to see the JP.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Try to limit contamination by using hand sanitiser before and after handling documents.
  • Contact staff if you have any questions.

Elderly or residents with disability

We like to ensure that all our residents can access our wide range of library facilities. We have a Home Library Service and a friendly Libraribus driver who can help you access our facilities either by delivering items to your home or offering transport to our libraries. Temporarily suspended.

See our Libraribus and home library service page.

Tech savvy seniors YouTube channel

The State Library of NSW has provided access to this tech savvy seniors channel to assist seniors in the community with challenges associated with technology.

Local information and family history

Our Libraries have a wide range of resources to help you research your family history or learn about the history of the Ku-ring-gai area.

Please contact Gordon Library for more information.

Printing and photocopying

All branches of Ku-ring-gai Library have photocopiers which offer black and white and colour copying. These photocopiers act as printers too, enabling black and white and colour printing from all ezone computers in the library.  

You need your Library card to access the Internet computers, photocopiers and pay for copying and printing. Money can be added to your card using the Monitor Kiosk that is located near to the photocopier / printer.

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.

We also provide a remote printing service. Upload your print job to the web print website. You can also add credit from home. Visit the My Monitor portal and update your account details from this site.

Black and white costs - A4 - 20¢ and A3 - 40¢.
Colour costs - A4 - $1 and A3 - $2.

No refunds will be given for money already credited on your Library card.

3D printing

The library offers an on demand 3D printing service. Designs need to be saved in .obj or .stl formats. Printed products are made from PLA plastic filament. Charges are $3.50 plus $0.50 per gram of filament used.

Booking an ezone computer

The Ku-ring-gai ezone computer service provides access to the Internet, printing and research facilities provided by your library. Library members can book an ezone computer here.

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.

Information and resources

A variety of online databases are available for you to access from home and/or in the library. Login here with your library card number and password.

Newspapers

Newspapers are back at Ku-ring-gai Library

Physical newspapers are now available to read at all four Library branches.

The newspaper table at Gordon Library has ample socially distanced seating space. Come on in and browse through the headlines of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review, Sing Tao and more.

Members of the Library can access online newspapers and other new resources, by logging into the Library databases News Bank Australia for new resources including access to today's Sydney Morning Herald.

Not a member you can join online here.

Gordon has much of these resources archived in microfilm format.

Inter-library loans

If you need a book we don't have in our collection, we can search the National Library database for you, find the item and borrow it from another library on your behalf. You'll need to fill out a special request form at one of our branches.

Multicultural services

The State Library provides a range of services and resources to assist public libraries with multicultural services to their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Ku-ring-gai Library supports the services on offer from the State Library by providing our patrons with access to a bulk loan of books from the State Library of NSW free of charge.

You can access the service through the Ku-ring-gai Library branches by using the multicultural book loan request. You can request 10, 20 or 30 items for a loan period of 3 or 6 months. Please note you need to be a member to access this service. Not a member, join online.

Please see staff at your local branch for more information or access to the form.

Public libraries can borrow bulk loans from collections in the following community languages:

Arabic

Bengali

Bulgarian

Burmese

Chinese

Croation

Czech

Danish

Dutch

Finnish

French

German

Greek

Gujarati

Hebrew

Hungarian

Hindi

Indonesian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Macedonian

Maltese

Nepalese

Persian

Polish

Portuguese

Punjabi

Romanian

Russian

Serbian

Sinhalese

Slovak

Spanish

Swedish

Tagalog

Tamil

Thai

Turkish

Ukrainian

Urdu

Vietnamese

Minutes of Council meetings

Ku-ring-gai Library holds copies of current and selected past Council minutes, agendas, business papers, publications and reports. Minutes, agendas and reports can also be read online in the Business Papers section.

To become a library member, click here to join online.

Enquiries 9424 0120 or library@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

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