Using the library

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

  • Membership is free and open to everyone
  • Proof of current home address is required e.g. drivers licence, rent receipt
  • Join online via the library website and finalise your membership at Inner West Library when you visit. Those under 18 years need the approval of a parent or guardian. Easiest proof of relationship to a child is a Medicare card.

Borrowing information

  • 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
  • It is your responsibility to return items by their due date and all notices are sent as a courtesy only. A fee will be charged for items returned late (see published fees and charges or ask a staff member).
  • If an item is lost or damaged, we will charge for its replacement plus a processing fee
  • Link to fees and charges (PDF 60.8KB) Link to fees and charges (DOCX 26.9KB)
 

Facilities

  • Public computers

Book a computer

  • Free WiFi during business hours
  • Affordable copying, printing and scanning, in colour and, black and white
  • Remote printing available at:

Ashfield Library
Balmain Library
Emanuel Tsardoulias Community Library, Dulwich Hill
Haberfield Library
Leichhardt Library
Marrickville Library
St Peters/Sydenham Library

Library user guidelines

Behaviour

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
  • Consume hot food outside the library
  • Respect cultural norms and sensitivities of others with their attire

Internet and computer usage

Members can use the library service computers for 90 minutes per day and then be extended in 30 minute time periods if available. Guests may only access the computers for 30 minutes a day, but remember, it's free and easy to become a member. Bookings are essential and members must have their library card. Please note, other people are not permitted to use your membership benefits.
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 discs 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

What library staff can 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 www.legislation.nsw.gov.au 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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 information

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.

Rate this page

  • Rate as The content was useful23.08% The content was useful votes
  • Rate as The content was not useful76.92% The content was not useful votes

Thanks for your feedback. We will use this data to improve the content of this page.

Page last updated: 31 Oct 2018