There's more to discover at Brisbane Libraries

They say don't judge a book by its cover and with more than one million items available to borrow from Council's 33 libraries, there's more to see and do at your local library. From borrowing the lastest best seller, streaming documentaries for free, or seeing your favourite author speak in person - there's something for all ages and abilities.

Libraries are more than books

Your memories of libraries might only be borrowing books for a university assignment or a thrilling paperback, but our modern libraries aren't limited to the printed page. With your free membership you can borrow e-books, audiobooks, magazines, stream and borrow music and movies, access online encyclopaedias and academic journals, and participate in children's literacy sessions, book clubs, author events and more.

Queue your next page turner

Finished looking up The New York Times bestseller list and want to read them pronto? No problems. Log on to the library catalogue and search for your next page turner. If it is already checked out or at a library not local to you, place a hold which costs just 80 cents and you'll get an email from the library once it is in and ready to collect. Simple!

Help foster the next generation of book lovers

Brisbane children can develop their reading skills with Brisbane Libraries' Gold Star (6-12 years) and Little Stars (0-5 years) Reading Club programs running at each branch from 1 May until 31 July 2019. By reading a minimum of two to three books of their choosing a month and recording the details in their pocket book, children can collect gold stars and a monthly incentive prize. There are medallions and certificates for children who collect all six (Little Stars) and nine (Gold Star) stars.

Turn the pages of the latest glossy magazines from Australia and overseas

If you seek inspiration from international catwalks, want to know the latest European architecture trends, or have a niche hobby, the library's digital collection of magazines lets you read the latest magazines from Australia and overseas from your internet browser, tablet or smartphone. Log into RBdigital via the library catalogue and get set to save on your monthly magazine budget.

Don't worry though, if you love the feel of the glossy page as you read the newest Vogue or House and Garden, Brisbane Libraries MagRack collection offers the latest copies of magazines to browse and borrow.

Host a workshop or meeting

If the freelance and location-independent, flexible work-life is the new 9 to 5, Brisbane Libraries' well-equipped meeting rooms offer you a local and professional space to host your next meeting. Rooms are available at many libraries and can be hired for free by non-profit community groups or at very reasonable rates for business use. Contact your local library to find out more.

Fast facts

Did you know...

  • more than six million customers visited a Council library in 2017-18
  • more than 9.4 million books were loaned or downloaded in 2017-18
  • the Harry Potter series is the most loaned digital audiobook
  • The Midnight Line by Lee Child was the most borrowed book of 2017-18.

Can't get to your local library? Keep an eye out for Council's pop-up library at selected parks, community events and festivals or borrow from our mobile library service.

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Last updated:24 October 2019
Topics: things to do