Library services

Due to the second stage of the service upgrade, all 4 branches of Ku-ring-gai Library will be closed on Monday morning 18 January and will re-open at 11am. Apologies for any inconvenience.

It is mandatory that anyone entering the library, to 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 to wear a mask while entering our indoor public spaces including our libraries. Ku-ring-gai Library staff thank you for your assistance.

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

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

From 1 September all payments will be contactless to limit the handling of money in our libraries. The safety of our community, patrons and staff is our number one priority. 

Book study rooms and tables

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the Northern Beaches the maximum capacity of people in this library is now 100.

Booking sit and study tables at Gordon Library - new changes to take effect Monday 7 December 2020.

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. After careful review the following changes to the sit and study tables have been made:

New hours for sit and study sessions

Monday to Thursday Friday  Saturday 
9am to 2pm  9am to 2pm  9.30am to 2pm 
3pm to 7.30pm  3pm to 4.30pm  3pm to 4.30pm 

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 2 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.
  • During COVID conditions, members can either have one study room booking per day or one study desk booking per day.
  • 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.

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

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, the Justice of the Peace service has been suspended at all four library branches. Find your nearest JP.

Elderly or disabled residents

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

Temporarily suspended.

Copies of The Sydney Morning HeraldThe AustralianThe Australian Financial ReviewThe North Shore Times and The Hornsby Advocate are available to read in all libraries.

Gordon has much of these resources archived in microfilm format.

Chinese language newspapers are also available at Gordon Library. 

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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