Welcome to Gold Coast Libraries, where you’ll find an amazing array of services and resources, helping you to connect, learn and grow.

Our libraries offer a wide range of programs and activities designed to inspire, generate new ideas, inform and encourage active participation in our community. Our libraries also provide relaxing places and dedicated spaces to meet, write, study or work. And yes, we also have books! In fact, you can browse and borrow from almost one million items held across our physical and digital collections, so you’re sure to find your next great read, be it fiction or fact.

Gold Coast Libraries are proud to embrace the diversity of the community we serve. We offer safe, inclusive, welcoming spaces and provide collections, resources, services and programs which promote and reflect diversity, inclusion and wellbeing for all. For more information view the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) website. Gold Coast Libraries endeavour to provide an unbiased source of knowledge, information and ideas through a comprehensive and balanced collection – both in print and online – while responding to a broad range of community needs. The collection includes material in print, audio-visual and digital formats. The library service is obligated to comply with decisions made under State and Federal law. Some digital content from third party suppliers is unclassified.

Council is therefore not a censoring body. Material will not be rejected or removed from the library collection because it may be viewed as controversial or because of concerns that children may access some materials intended for use by patrons over the age of 18 years. Supervision of material read or accessed by persons under 18 years of age remains the responsibility of the parent or caregiver. Parental controls are available for some digital products. Individuals, parents and caregivers are encouraged to choose books which align to their own family values and beliefs.

For more information about the library collection, please refer to our Collection Statement(PDF, 2MB).

If you believe there are unsuitable items in our collection, you can submit a request to review our collection content.

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the people of the Yugambeh language region both past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live here today.


Membership is available to all Gold Coast residents and ratepayers, as well as visitors to our city. Explore our website and make the most of your membership today.

The Gold Coast's first public library opened in Southport in 1958, as the new city of Gold Coast began to grow. Read more about our history. Our network now has 11 libraries, along with a mobile library, Local Studies Library and our Ormeau Community Lounge and Library

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