Readers & writers

Readers

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Cosy up with a good book and win!

Now’s the best time to curl up with a great read and discover new books, authors and genres! Join our Winter Reads Challenge for a chance to win a murder mystery book and game pack.

Pick up a challenge bookmark, complete six reading challenges and return it by 27 July to enter the prize draw. Every library will have a winner, so that’s 12 prize packs up for grabs!

Find your next read

For personalised reading ideas, just ask one of our friendly team. You’re also invited to join us at our special author events and winter book clubs. Stock up on reading material now, escape into a great book, and meet or share your recommendations about books you’ve enjoyed with fellow book lovers! Pick up a copy of our Winter Reading Challenge leaflet in your local library, for more ideas.

See what’s trending and what’s new at the library for the latest suggestions and lists of our newest titles.

Can't find the book you are looking for? You can suggest we buy books and audiobooks not found in our catalogue using Suggest a purchase.

Want to meet an author?

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

Book Nook Facebook Group

Join our community Facebook Group, Gold Coast Book Nook, to chat with like-minded readers and find great reading recommendations. The group is a place for you to discuss, recommend and be inspired about all things book related, and you can share, comment and post your favourite books, current reads, bookshelves, best reading spots and favourite authors.

eNews for readers

Stay up to date with library news, be first to find out about author visits and other events and get our latest suggestions on new and great reads.

Writers

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Writers Plus!

We've got everything to support your writing journey. Whether you're just starting out or already published, we have something to help take your writing to the next level. Attend one of our monthly Masterclasses, led by an industry expert, to learn and extend your knowledge and skills. Drop into a writing session utilising the Pomodoro Technique at Writing Friday, Writing Saturday or Writing Sunday. Or just use our spaces for free Wi-Fi and creative environments great for your writing projects. Don't forget to check out the latest wring book while you're in there.

Events and workshops

  • Masterclass: Introduction to romance writing. Saturday 1 June, 10am – 12:15pm at Southport Library.
  • Masterclass: Your first year in publishing. Saturday 6 July, 10am – 12:15pm at Helensvale Library.
  • Masterclass: Perfecting Your Prose. Saturday 3 August, 10am – 12:15pm at Nerang Library.
  • Masterclass: Introduction to crime writing. Saturday 7 September, 10am – 12:15pm at Southport Library.
  • Masterclass: Introduction to novel writing. Saturday 5 October, 10am – 12:15pm at Elanora Library.
  • Masterclass: Writing for children. Saturday 2 November, 10am – 12:15pm at Nerang Library.

Writing Rendezvous

In collaboration, Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre present an exclusive opportunity for Gold Coast writers to foster their writing practice and engage with fellow writers. This volunteer-led program, based on the Pomodoro Technique, is open to writers of all levels and is offered free of charge. Join us to enjoy an inspiring writing environment, connect with the local writing community, and discover a new tool that ensures heightened productivity.

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. Stay updated by subscribing to our eNewsletter.

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

Ben's Book Club is an exclusive digital reading community tailored for Australian and New Zealand libraries and led by renowned bestselling author Ben Hobson. Members can instantly borrow the monthly book from Ben's Book Club via the Libby reading app, bypassing waitlists and reservations. Become a member today to access our great collection of digital resources 24/7. If you missed out on a session of Ben's Book Club you can catch up at the Gold Coast Libraries YouTube playlist

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form 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, head into your local library to create your book club membership. Once registered, you can use your book club's library membership card to book your kits online(PDF, 54KB)

New book club kit titles include:

Follow our Facebook page for great reading recommendations, new releases and author content.

Local authors

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. Discover local authors today.

Would you like to see your book in our library collection? If you're a local author and library member 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 resident and Gold Coast Libraries member. All submissions are assessed against our collection selection criteria.

If you’re a Gold Coast resident, but not a member, you can join for free 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.

Physical publications

Our local author process for physical items is managed by our supplier Peter Pal. If you are interested in submitting your book click the link below:

physical book request

Digital publications

If your eBook is already available on Overdrive, Borrowbox or Cloud Library, you can submit your request to have this added to our collection by clicking the link below:

ebook request