Reader's Lounge

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

Red Hot Reads is a changing collection of the latest, recently reviewed titles – both fiction and non-fiction.  They can be borrowed for one week only, can’t be renewed and attract late fines of $1.00 per day. They cannot be reserved.  There are Red Hot Reads available at all three branches.

Hidden Gems are books which in the opinion of library staff are good reads. Some are old favourites, some are literary prize-winners and some are just a great read – all are worth a second look.  Hidden Gems are lent for three weeks and can be reserved and renewed. They are located in the beginning of the Adult Fiction section at Bowen Library. 

Collection Highlights include fiction, non-fiction and biography.

The current collection is called As seen on TV and is a collection of books that television series have been based on – you might be surprised to find that your favourite TV show was actually a book first.

The Collection Highlights shelf is opposite the circulation desk at Lionel Bowen Library in the adult fiction area.  These books 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.

2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist

Since 1957, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been presented to a novel which in the opinion of the selection committee, is of the highest literary merit and represents Australian life.   

It was established through the will of the late Miles Stella Franklin (My Brilliant Career). Its purpose is to foster Australian literary talent. 

The 2017 longlist has been announced:

The Easy Way Out by Steve Amsterdam 

The easy way out cover 

An isolated incident by Emily Maguire

Cover of An Isolated Incident

*eBook also available



The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O'Flynn

Last days of Ava Langdon Cover

*eBook also available



Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O'Neill 

Their Brilliant Careers Cover

*eBook also available



A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe

LOving Faithful Animal Cover 

*eBook also available


Waiting by Philip Salom

Waiting Cover

*eBook also available



Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Where the trees were 


Hold by Kirsten Tranter

Hold Cover 

*also available as an eBook

Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Extinctions Cover


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