Readers' Lounge

Randwick City Library has books, magazines, CDs and DVDs as well as eBooks, eAudiobooks and spoken word books. There are also a number of special collections.  

Red Hot Reads - a changing collection of the latest, recently reviewed titles – both fiction and non-fiction,  one week loan, no renewals, no reserves.

Bestsellers - 10 copies of current popular books. This collection is constantly updated to reflect retail book sales.  Three week loan, no renewals, no reserves. Available at Lionel Bowen Library.

Hidden Gems - specially selected by library staff; some are old favourites, some are literary prize-winners and some are just a great read – all are worth a second look.  Three week loans and can be reserved and renewed. They are at the start of the Adult Fiction sections at Lionel Bowen Library and Malabar Library and the end of the Adult Fiction section at Margaret Martin Library.

Collection Highlights include fiction, non-fiction and biography. This collection is at Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra.

The current Collection Highlights - Secrets, includes stories about many types of secrets – personal, political and criminal; including true crime and espionage, secrets of the heart and secret lives.

The Collection Highlights shelf is next to the Hidden Gems. They can be reserved and renewed.  The Highlights change and we will be featuring various genres, literary prize-winners, and world literature throughout the year.

All three branches feature new books – just ask our staff to show you where they are.

2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award Winner

The Yield by Tara June Winch

The White Girl by Tony Birch

cover of The White Girl

*Shortlisted *eBook also available

Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng

Cover of Room for a Stranger

*eBook also available


Islands by Peggy Frew

Cover of Islands

* Shortlisted *eBook also available


No one by John Hughes

Cover of No One



Act of Grace by Anna Krien

Cover of An Act of Grace

*eBook also available


A Season on Earth by Gerald Murnane

Cover of A Season on Earth

*eBook also available


The Returns by Philip Salom

Cover of The Returns

*Shortlisted *eBook also available


Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

Cover of Exploded View

*Shortlisted *eBook also available



The Yield by Tara June Winch

Cover of The Yield


*eBook, eAudiobook and Book Club in a Box set also available


The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Cover of The Weekend

*eBook and Book Club in a Box set also available

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