Our FAQs are here to answer any questions you might have about the Northern Beaches Libraries. Here you'll find information about memberships, locations, library fees, programs for children and much more.

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How do I join the library?

You can join the library online or you can visit any of our branches to present your ID and proof of address. 

Does it cost to join the library?

No, it is free to join. 

Where is the library?

There are six libraries on the Northern Beaches located in Belrose, Dee Why, Forestville, Manly, Mona Vale and Warringah Mall. 

How many items can I borrow and for how long?

You can borrow up to 30 items and most items can be borrowed for three weeks. Some popular fiction titles are 10-day loans and various reference titles are 7-day loans.

Your items can be returned to any of our six branches

Can I renew my items?

Renewals can be made online, through your library app, in branch or over the phone.

Our Read Now and Back in 10 (10-day loan) items cannot be renewed. Other items can be renewed once for a three week period from the renewal date, unless the title has been requested by another borrower.

What if I've forgotten my PIN?

Your library pin is a four digit combination. 

Please try your date of birth in the form DDMM. For example, 15 May is 1505. If this unsuccessful, you can reset your pin online(Opens in a new window). Alternatively, you can contact us or ask a staff member on your next library visit. 

What are the overdue fees?

An overdue fee for a single item is calculated at 30 cents each day the item is overdue. This will accumulate until the fee reaches $10.00. You will be unable to borrow, renew or place a hold on any item until your overdue fees are reduced to less than $10.00.

Fees can be paid by credit card or eftpos at any of our branches or online via your library account. Simply login to your account and follow the links to find and pay for your charges using a Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card.

What happens if I've lost or damaged an item?

If you think you may have lost an item, contact your branch as soon as possible in order to extend your loan, allowing time to find the item. 

If an item can not be found, or is damaged, you will be required to pay the original cost of the item plus a $6 processing fee. Please contact your branch for further information. 

Can I suggest an item for purchase?

You can suggest an item for our collection by completing our online form, or asking in branch. 

Can I donate items to the library?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept donations. 

Charitable organisations may accept donations however it is best to check prior to donating as all titles may not be accepted. We recommend checking with Lifeline AustraliaThe Salvation Army or Australian Books for Children of Africa.

Does the library provide JP services?

A Justice of the Peace service is available at all branch libraries. Check the calendar for days and times convenient to you. No bookings are required, but we encourage you to call the appropriate library to confirm a volunteer JP is available on the day you plan to visit.

Does the library have Internet and computer facilities?

All of our branches provide free Wi-Fi and computer access. Printing, copying and scanning facilities are charged as follows - 

  • Photocopy BW A4 - 20c per page
  • Photocopy Colour A4 - $2.00 per page
  • Photocopy BW A3 - 40c per page
  • Photocopy Colour A3 - $3.00 per page
  • Scanning - Free per scan (up to 50MB)

Do you have events for children?

We have a range of children's programs available at all branch libraries. These programs are free and run during NSW school terms. Unless indicated, no bookings are required.

For more information about our early literacy programs including Baby Bounce, Rhyme Time and Story Time, please visit the What's On page. 

What's in your eLibrary?

Our eLibrary includes eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as many research databases and online tutorials. All these services can be accessed via the library website and are free with your Northern Beaches Library card. 

Can I return my items when the Library is closed?

Yes, a returns chute is available at every library branch

Can I ask for an item to be sent from one of the other branches?

Yes. For an item that is available at any of our library branches, it is free to have it transferred. Our courier travels between branches regularly Monday to Friday. 

What if the library doesn't have the item I want?

If we don't have the item you want, we would welcome your suggestion for purchase or you may request an item from another library service.