Using the library

Library membership

Relax, discover or escape to one of Inner West Council's network of eight public libraries.

Membership of the Inner West Council Library is free to all residents in Australia. You can join in person at any of our library branches by presenting proof of your name and current address. There is no minimum age for joining, but those under the age of 16 years require the authorisation of a parent or guardian.


  • Borrow up to 40 items for three weeks (with two renewals possible, unless on hold by another customer).
  • No fines for children 12 and under when borrowing from the children’s collection
  • Free reservations. Reserved items must be picked up within 7 days (not including public holidays).

Free library app:

  • Get 24/7 access to the entire library collection anywhere, anytime.
  • View and renew your checked-out items
  • Use the built-in library member barcode
  • Scan an ISBN barcode to check if the item is in our collection and make a reservation
  • Download the Spydus Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, search for Inner West Libraries, then enter your membership card and PIN to login.

Library user guidelines


Library users are required to behave and respect other users' rights to a safe and welcoming environment.

  • Be considerate of others
  • Be polite to others Respect cultural differences
  • Respect the rights of all library users and staff

Unacceptable behaviours:

  • Drug/alcohol intoxication
  • Verbally or physically abusing, assaulting, intimidating or harassing library staff and/or users
  • Theft, vandalism, carrying a weapon and other criminal offences will be referred to the NSW Police by library staff

Supervision of children

Supervising children in the library is not the responsibility of library staff. As libraries are busy public places, staff cannot judge which members of the public present a possible danger to children. If children under ten are found to be without adult supervision, library staff will attempt to contact their parents or care providers. If parents or care providers cannot be reached or ignore the Library User Guidelines, Rules & Regulations on the supervision of children, library staff will contact the NSW Police and or the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) to ensure a child's safety.

Food and dress

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

  • Wear footwear at all times
  • Keep food and drink away from computers
  • Respect cultural norms and sensitivities of others with their attire

Internet and computer usage

  • Library members may access the public computers up to 2 hours daily
  • Non-library members are permitted a computer access guest pass for 30 minutes daily
  • Bookings are essential and members must use their own library card
  • Access to the Internet facilities is free and conditions apply. You must not use our internet computers for illegal, actionable or criminal purposes including accessing explicit content or content that degrades a specific gender, ethnic or racial group. All portable drives must be scanned for viruses before use.

Additional guidelines

It is prohibited to:

  • Bring animals into the library (assisted care animals permitted)
  • Bring bikes, balls, skateboards, roller skates and scooters into the library
  • Distribute literature in the library
  • Undertake soliciting or selling in the library
  • Take photos in the library
  • Photo and video consent at library events

What can library staff do?

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.

Need help?

If you consider another person's conduct to be inappropriate, offensive or threatening please seek help from a library staff member. If you have any questions about the Library User Guidelines, Rule and Regulations or other matters ask a staff member.



  • It is your responsibility to return items by their due date and all notices are sent as a courtesy only
  • If an item is lost or damaged, we will charge for its replacement plus a processing fee
  • The library asks for your co-operation in maintaining an environment for study and for the enjoyable use of our libraries
  • Your library card must be shown to borrow materials and to make a computer booking
  • Visitors shall not interfere with others use of the library or with a library employee's performance of their duties
  • Library computers are not to be used for illegal, actionable or criminal purposes, nor are they to be used to access inappropriate material that contain sexually explicit content or that degrade a specific gender, ethnic or racial group

Resource care code

The library provides many resources for the community to share.

  • Library users are required to take care of all the collection, equipment and resources they use.
  • Treat library resources with respect Remember that these resources are shared by all community members
  • Report damaged resources to library staff

Damage includes:

  • Cutting/ripping pages
  • Marking or highlighting material
  • Hiding or deliberately misplacing library resources
  • Defacing or damaging furniture


Accessibility Inner West Council is strongly committed to ensuring people with a disability have equal opportunity to take part in local activities and have fair access to Council and community programs, services and resources. All Inner West Council library branches have step free entry, though please note there is no accessible toilet at Stanmore Library.


Fees and charges

Link to fees and charges


Library facilities

Public computers

Reserve a computer

A limited number of computers across all library branches include access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite including: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more.


Printing and photocopying

Printing and photocopying is cashless with tap and pay at the release stations. Library members have the option to pay with their library credit account by Visa or MasterCard.

For remote printing, use the PrinterOn app to print and pick up from the selected library branch. Download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Or select the library location below to upload and print.

Ashfield Library - upload your document

Ashfield Library Level 3, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

Balmain Library - upload your document

Balmain Library 370 Darling Street, Balmain

ETC Library Dulwich Hill - upload your document

Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library 362-372 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill

Haberfield Library - upload your document

Haberfield Library 78 Dalhousie Street, Haberfield

Leichhardt Library - upload your document

Leichhardt Library Piazza Level, Italian Forum 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt

Marrickville Library - upload your document

Marrickville Library and Pavilion Patyegarang Place 313 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Stanmore Library - upload your document

Stanmore Library Stanmore Reserve, Douglas Street, Stanmore

St Peters / Sydenham Library - upload your document

St Peters/Sydenham Library 39 Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham


Book a study room at Marrickville Library

Reserve a room - click 'Reserve a room' from the top menu in the next screen

Marrickville Library has plenty of study space on three floors. There are also three rooms available on the ground floor and three rooms on the first floor with accessible Wi-Fi and power supply.

Terms and conditions:

  • Rooms are limited to one person per room, while social distancing requirements are in effect
  • Study rooms are available for bookings by library members only, up to a maximum of 2 hours daily
  • Bookings maybe made up to three days in advance
  • Patrons must check in as the service desk on the ground floor to confirm bookings
  • Last booking of the day ends 30 minutes before the library's closing time
  • Unclaimed bookings will be cancelled if more than 15 minutes late
  • Rooms must be left tidy
  • For private or study use only, not for paid lessons, workshops or other commercial activity
  • Users must adhere to the Library User Guidelines

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Page last updated: 30 Jul 2021