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 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.  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 and the end of the Adult Fiction section at Margaret Martin Library.

Collection Highlights include fiction, non-fiction and biography.

The current collection is called Angels and Demons and is a collection which explores the concept of good and evil, and includes both books and DVDs.

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.

2018 Stella Prize Longlist announced

The Stella Prize named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, celebrates Australian women’s writing and recognises Australian women’s contribution to literature.  It was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.  The shortlist will be announced on International Women's Day - 8 March.

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and her Work by Bernadette Brennan

*eBook also available


Anaethesia: the gift of oblivion and the mystery of consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams


Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman


The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

*eBook also available


This Water: Five Tales by Beverley Farmer


The Green Bell: A memoir of Love, Madness & Poetry by Paula Keogh

*eBook also available


An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

*eBook also available


The Choke by Sophie Laguna

Cover of The Choke

*eBook also available


Martin Sharp: his Life and Times by Joyce Morgan


The Fish Girl by Mirandi Riwoe


Tracker by Alexis Wright

*eBook also available

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