Joining and Borrowing


Joining and Borrowing Books

Library membership is free. To join the library, visit your local branch and provide proof of residential address. You will also need to agree to the library's terms and conditions.

Children under 18 years must be joined by a parent or guardian who must show proof of current address.

All new members receive a library card. The library card enables members to borrow books and items from all RLQ libraries and access their library account from anywhere at any time of the day.

Public Library Directory

Members can borrow up to 10 items at a time for 4 weeks (28 days).

Items can be renewed once, as long as the item has not been reserved by another borrower. Members can renew their items through the online library catalogue, over the phone, or in-person at any of our library locations.

Online Catalogue 

Reservations can be placed on items that are not currently available or that are held at other branches. To place a reservation, access the online library catalogue or ask library staff to help. Members can have up to 10 items reserved at any one time.

Library items can be returned to any library branch regardless of where they were borrowed.

The St George Library has after-hours access chutes which can be used by members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lost library card: If you think you have lost your library membership card, or if it has been stolen, notify your branch library as soon as possible.  Replacement cards are available upon confirmation of identity.

Tourist Membership

Tourist library membership is free to anyone who is residing or travelling within Regional and Outback Queensland.

New tourist members may join the library service online, a card will be mailed to your home address or PO Box within 5 working days.

Tourist members can also join in person at any branch of the RLQ. A list of RLQ libraries can be found in the Public Library Directory.

Children under 18 years must be joined by a parent or guardian who must show proof of current address.

Inter-Library Loans

You may wish to borrow an item that is not held in an RLQ library. To search the State Library's OneSearch catalogue visit:

If it is not available online, contact your local librarian for more assistance, who can arrange an inter-library loan on your behalf.