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Discover more about what you can borrow from the libraries

What you can borrow

You may borrow up to 20 physical items at a time. This includes:

Some of these items are for in-library use only. Not all items are available at every library.

In additions to this, members may borrow

Loan Periods

Books, audiobooks, Edison robots, Makey Makey kits 4 weeks
Magazines, DVDs, CDs 2 weeks
Overdrive ebooks 3 weeks
BorrowBox ebooks and eaudiobooks 2 weeks
Laptops, tablets, Osmo, Bee Bots, gaming consoles, & games & puzzles In-library use only
Digital magazines, English language training, eresources Unlimited use


Items can be returned to any of our City of Darwin Libraries locations. All libraries have 24hr/7day return chutes located near their entrance.

You can renew your items once, provided no one else has requested the item, and it is not overdue. You can renew items online, at the Library self-serve kiosk, or over the phone.

Automatic Renewals

For your convenience, City of Darwin Libraries will automatically renew item/s on their due date, provided there are no requests for the item/s and they have not been previously renewed.

If an item cannot be automatically renewed, you will be emailed that the item/s are now overdue and should be returned at your earliest convenience.

Automatic renewals do not apply to ebooks, eaudiobooks or interlibrary loans.

Our Collections

We have more than 100,000 items in our collections. Of course many of these are books, but did you know about some of our other collections?


Local, and interstate newspapers are made available at each Library on a daily basis. 


Our magazine collections cover a wide range of titles, from Harvard Business Review to favourites such as National Geographic. A growing collection of digital magazines are available 24/7 through RBdigital on your internet enabled device.

Children's Collections

As well as our picture, story and non-fiction books, we have board books for babies, DVDs, CDs, magazines, readers, audio books, graphic novels, Edison Robots and Makey Makey kits. We also keep submissions to the Young Territory Authors contest annually. In the library, we have a wide variety of games and puzzles available.

Parenting Collection

Our collection for parents include non-fiction items, picture books, and magazines that are intended to support you in your caregiving role. If you require information on pregnancy, toddler milestones, feeding tips or family relationships then this is the area for you.

DVDs and CDs

The DVD collection ranges from popular blockbuster films, music, art house, TV series, through to practical health, hobby and travel guides. The CD music collection contains popular genres from rock and jazz to country and easy listening.

Ebooks and eaudiobooks

We have a growing collection of thousands of free ebooks and eaudiobooks. 24/7 access - borrow online, anytime, anywhere - through Overdrive and BorrowBox. Where possible these collections reflect popular authors and genres.


We offer a large audiobook collection with both fiction and non-fiction titles to cater for commuters, the elderly, Books on Wheels customers and those with a vision impairment.

We also offer eaudiobooks through BorrowBox and Overdrive.

Graphic novels

The Adult, Young Adult and Junior Fiction collections also include graphic novels. A graphic novel is a novel in comic-strip format.

World Languages

Our World Languages Collection contains many books in a variety of different languages. The largest collections are Chinese and Greek. We have a growing collection of ebooks in both of these languages on Overdrive and magazines in German.

This collection also houses a variety of resources that aim to meet the needs of members whose first language is not English or wish to learn a language for recreational purposes. This collection is based at Casuarina Library in the Non-Fiction section. Members can also access our Road to IELTS English learning program online.

Large Print

A large print collection exists at each of the four libraries. This collection aims to mainly meet the needs of those whose vision is not adequate to easily read normal print but is available to all customers to borrow. Where possible this collection reflects popular authors and genres.

Aboriginal Collection

This collection is housed at City Library only but is available for loan by Library Members upon request. This collection comprises print and audiovisual material on the subject of Australian Aboriginals and/or written by Aboriginal Australians, plus material in Aboriginal languages. Material is collected at both adult and junior levels and is suited to general public library use.

NT Collection

Each Library has a Northern Territory Collection which house non-fiction, including biographical, material relevant to the Northern Territory.

Online Resources

Online resources are available at each Library and online. These consist of academic, Australian, general reference, children and youth, health, science and environment, literacy (specifically International English Language Testing System), and life skills specialised database indexes, and or abstracts. Access to the Library online resources aims to provide reference material in electronic format that is more up-to-date than print resources and is supplied as part of membership to the library.

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