National Year of Reading 2012

Why libraries?

Libraries are free, fun and useful for everyone.

  • If you have young kids, there are storytimes to entertain children and help them develop an early love of books and reading.
  • For teens, there are quiet places to study, homework clubs and library staff to advise about where to go for information.
  • Libraries have books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers in many languages and if you can't find what you're looking for, your local library can often arrange to borrow a book from elsewhere.
  • If you have some spare time, libraries are often looking for volunteers to help run events and activities.

Becoming a library user can add an extra dimension to your life.

“I don't know what I'd do without my library, I couldn't afford to buy all the books I read.”

“My library is a lifesaver during the school holidays. Where else can you go that will keep kids entertained for a couple of hours and it's completely free?”

“Retirement sounds good when you're working, but the reality is that after a few weeks you can get really bored. I spend the best part of a day a week working at my local library and it means I enjoy the rest of the time more because I feel I deserve it.”

“I love that the library is for everyone, young and old, people from all cultures. I love that it crosses barriers and unites us all.”

“I don't have a computer at home so I go to the library to catch up on emails. Without their PCs, I wouldn't be able to stay in touch.”

“I can download ebooks from the library's website, without even going into town.”

How to find your nearest library

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can download our free app, which will not only tell you where your nearest public library is, but will also give you information about events and activities in your state and territory. If your local library isn't listed, don't worry, more libraries are being added every week.

Which libraries have the items you want – just search OCLC's WorldCat database to discover if the item you want is in a library near you:

You can also find your local library at or look on your council website.

What's available

Libraries do all kinds of things – visit your library or check out the website to find out what's on offer.

Tell us why you love your library

Love2Read is interested in comments from library users and we'd love to hear from you. Send us a photo of your local library or tell us your favourite thing about libraries. We'll publish them on our website and we'll add them to our ‘book of the Year'.

Email us here

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