Join the library – Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Stanmore and Sydenham branches

Please read the library membership responsibilities and then click "agree and join the library" at the bottom of the page to continue with your registration.

Inner West Council Library and History Services asks for cooperation in showing respect and making the library enjoyable for all users.


  • Borrow up to 40 items for three weeks.
  • We have four branches (Marrickville, Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library at Dulwich Hill, Stanmore, and St Peters/Sydenham Libraries).
  • Marrickville Library is part of a network of eight local library branches across Ashfield, Balmain, Haberfield and Leichhardt. We can get items from any of these libraries and transfer them to the library branch of your choice for pickup. Best of all, it's free.
  • Renew each item twice, unless it has been put on hold.
  • Renewals and holds can be made via the free Marrickville Library App, in person, over the phone or through our online catalogue.
  • Online perks: Free eBooks, digital mags, family history resources, academic journals, movie streaming from home and eAudiobooks.
  • All branches have free Wi-Fi and computers. Computer bookings can be made in the library or over the phone three days in advance. Members get 90 minutes per day on a computer and can use the Wi-Fi all day (up to 400mb).


  • Report any lost or missing cards immediately to library staff
  • Return or renew items by the due date to avoid overdue fines
  • Report any damage to items, equipment or furniture to library staff – damage includes spillages, cutting/ripping pages or marking/highlighting items
  • Advise library staff of any changes to their contact details

Library members should behave and respect other library users' rights to a safe and welcoming environment.

Internet computers are not to be used for illegal or criminal purposes. Nor should they be used to access inappropriate material that contains sexually explicit content or that degrade a specific gender, ethnic or racial group.

The library provides many resources for the community to share. Library members and visitors should care for the collections, equipment and furniture they use.

Members should:

  • Be considerate of others
  • Be polite to others
  • Respect the rights of all library customers and staff

Unacceptable behaviours include:

  • Drug or alcohol intoxication
  • Verbally or physically abusing, assaulting, intimidating or harassing Library staff and/or customers
  • Theft, vandalism, carrying a weapon, failure to follow a direction to leave the library and other criminal offences will be referred to the NSW Police

Staff assistance

If you consider another person's conduct to be inappropriate, offensive or threatening, please seek help from library staff.

The NSW Library Act empowers library staff to:

  • Direct any person to leave the library.
  • Exclude any person from the library for up to one year.

The NSW Library Act 1939 (Revised 2005) and Regulations (2005) are available at or from library staff.

All criminal matters will be referred to the NSW Police.

Child supervision

Library staff do not supervise children in the library. Unattended children may leave the library at any time, hurt themselves, or be approached by strangers. Libraries are busy public places and staff cannot judge which members of the public may present as a possible danger to children.

Library staff will attempt to contact parents or care providers if children under ten, or who are in distress are found without adult supervision. If parents or care providers cannot be reached, library staff will contact the NSW Police and/or NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to ensure child safety.

Food and dress code

Library customers are required to dress in a manner that is appropriate and not likely to cause offence.

Customers should:

  • Wear footwear at all times
  • Keep food and drink away from computers
  • No hot food in the library
  • Remember that bare chests and skimpy clothing may cause offence


It is prohibited to:

  • Bring animals into the library (assisted care animals excepted)
  • Bring bikes, balls, skateboards, skates or scooters into the library
  • Distribute personal or promotional literature in the library
  • Undertake soliciting or selling of goods or services in the library
  • Take photos in the library without the appropriate permissions

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Page last updated: 19 Feb 2019