Readers' 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 sections at Lionel Bowen Library and Malabar Library the end of the Adult Fiction section at Margaret Martin Library.

Collection Highlights include fiction, non-fiction and biography.

The current collection highlights have all been written by authors using a pen name or pseudonym.  It comprises both well-known classics and modern works, and includes authors such as Lewis Carroll and A.J. Finn.

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.


2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist announced

The award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize and was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.  This year's shortlist represents a diverse range of original Australian voices.

The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ahmed

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A sand archive by Gregory Day

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A stolen season by Rodney Hall

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*eBook also available


The death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones


Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

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*eBook also available


Dyschronia by Jennifer\ Mills

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