Readers & writers

Readers

Summer's Made For Reading

Summer's made for reading.

It's time to relax, refresh and recharge – and we have everything you need!

Explore all the options below to escape into a great read or click here for the latest books to hit the library shelves. Prefer to read online? Our Instant Reads shelf will have you reading in no time.

Find your next read

That's what our friendly librarians are for. Contact your local library or email our ask a librarian service and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests. We have a huge collection of digital reading material. Our librarians can help you find an ebook or eAudiobook that you can download direct to your device at home.

Our reading websites can also help you search for and discover your next read. See our eLibrary page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including NoveList Plus, Who Else Writes Like...?, Storygraph and Goodreads.

For more information about our eBooks and eAudiobooks, see our eLibrary page. Never used our digital platforms before? No worries! Our staff can help get you started over the phone or you can follow our setup instructions from our connect with us at home page.

Can’t find the book you are looking for? You can request the purchase of books, large print books and audiobooks not found in our catalogue through Suggest a Purchase.

Want to meet an author?

2023 is already filling fast with amazing authors launching their latest book at Gold Coast Libraries. Meet popular international authors and brilliant debut authors who are writing fantastic books for your reading list. Remember when you read an author for the first time? Our debut author could be your next favourite!

To name a few, take a look at Jack Heath, Michelle Upton, Ben Hobson and Nicci French. Be sure to sign up to our eNewsletter below to be the first to know who is coming to your local library.

We host touring authors online and in person throughout the year, from household names to famous faces of the future. Keep an eye on our social media channels and events calendar for more information.

 

Readers & Writers eNews

Stay up to date with upcoming writers workshops and events, live author talks, and the latest releases and resources for writers.

Writers

Writing Friday

Writing Fridays

Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre have teamed up to offer Gold Coast writers a space to cultivate their habit of writing and connect with other writers in the community. Following the Pomodoro technique, Writing Fridays is a free, volunteer-led program for local writers at all levels. Come along for a great writing space, meet other writers, and find a new tool for guaranteed productivity. Join us at Helensvale Library or Elanora Library from 10am. Check What's On for December and January session times.

Are you a Gold Coast author?

Gold Coast Libraries supports local writers by providing expert workshops, spaces to work and the opportunity to share your work with our library customers.

If you’re a local author who’s been self or independently published, we encourage you to submit your publication to be assessed for adding to our collection.

To be considered, your book must have been published within the last 3 years, and you must be a Gold Coast Libraries member.

Submit local author request

If you’re a Gold Coast resident, but not a member, you can join free – sign up online or at your local library.

If your publication is about or set on the Gold Coast, but you’re not a Gold Coast resident, please contact us via Ask a Librarian.

Writers' Block

Gold Coast Libraries present professional free workshops for local writers. Each month there is a new theme and presenter either in person or livestream. Covering a wide range of topics, including world building, self-publishing, developing characters, poetry, memoirs and more, you are guaranteed to learn something new to improve or start your writing process. Book your seat today, and stay updated by subscribing to our eNewsletter.

2023 workshops

Our Writers' Block workshops will commence again in March 2023. Subscribe to the eNewsletter to stay up to date, or check back here int he new year.

If you are looking for short or long courses to do on writing, creative writing and more? Head to LinkedIn Learning via our library website, enter your library card and pin and enjoy access to thousands of courses delivered by professionals, all at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

Book clubs

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Ben's Book Club Christmas Special

Ben Hobson and author Maya Linnell will be discussing her latest rural romance, Paperbark Hill. Joining them is podcaster and florist Rebecca Noble, who hosts "Dish the Dirt" and advocates for locally grown flowers and farmers. Kristi Brooks from Mount Gambier Libraries will also pop in for a great book chat. So save the date Wednesday 14 December, 6pm and join in the fun. Book your seat here.

Virtual Book Clubs

Looking for great book recommendations, author talks or a vibrant book discussion? Ben's Book Club hosted an author a month discussing their latest book and writing. Library Lovers with Maya Linnell hosted an author, a lifestyle expert and a librarian for some fun book chats. Click the links below for all 2022 sessions.

Connect with other readers through our Facebook page. We share reading recommendations, new releases and author content.

Open book clubs

Create your own book club and meet at your local library to discuss the books you have read. Ask staff about Book Club Kits to access books for your club.

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan. Each kit contains 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

If interested in registering to use our book club kits, please complete the Book Club Registration form available at your local library. Once registered, you can book your kits online using your book club's library membership card.

Genre reads

Find your genre

Discover an author in your favourite genre or try something new altogether. From epic sagas to thriller and suspense we have you covered. Drop into your local library for a bookmark! Each bookmark features 20 authors and a box next to each name so you can check them off as you read. You will also find a QR code for another extensive list of authors in that genre. Or while you are here, click a genre below for great reading recommendations.

Australian rural romance

Lust in the dust. Tales of love and fortune lost and found in rural regions and the great Aussie outback.

Award winning fiction

The finest in fiction. Outstanding authors who have celebrated a literary prize or two.

Cosy mysteries

Often in a small community, these whodunnits are crime without the gore.

Domestic noir

Suburban crime. Drama unfolds in the place most people feel safest – the family home.

Epic sagas

Follow generations of families through drama, love and tumultuous times.

Fresh & flirty

Light-hearted modern romance for the perfect escape. A great beach read.

Historical fiction

Set in historical places and times, these stories relocate you to a world gone by.

Humorous

Laugh out loud, feel good and smile as you follow crazy adventures and fun stories.

Nordic noir

Focused detectives solving crimes in challenging and often freezing settings.

Otherworlds

Magic, fantasy, escapism and the epic hero story. Journey into the impossible yet believable.

Paranormal romance

Love of another kind with steamy shapeshifters and loveable monsters.

Rom-com

Romantic comedies that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside

Sci-Fi

Stranger than fiction stories set in space, parallel universes and beyond.

Swoonworthy romance

Guaranteed to give you heart-eyes and fill you with positive emotions.

Time travel

Travel without a passport. So many worlds, so many endless possibilities.

Thriller & suspense

Edge of your seat suspense with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Uplifting reads

Feel good, life affirming stories that warm the heart and feed the soul.

Urban fantasy

Magic set in the world we know. Supernatural meets reality.

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