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Anyone can join and borrow from the City of Perth Library.  Make sure you bring your City of Perth Library card with you to borrow items. 

Maximum number of items and loan period

Item Type Max items Loan Period
Item TypeBook Max items30 Loan PeriodThree weeks
Item TypeMagazine Max items30 Loan PeriodThree weeks
Item TypeCD Audiobook Max items30 Loan PeriodThree weeks
Item TypeDVD Max items30 Loan PeriodThree weeks
Item TypeHigh Demand Max items30 Loan PeriodOne week (no renewals)
Hot Now 2 Three weeks (one renewal, no reservations)

To renew or reserve items visit the Library catalogue.  You will need your library card number and PIN to access your library account.


Items can be renewed up to three times if the items are not overdue and have not been requested by someone else. From Tuesday 5 March 2019 the Library will automatically renew your library items (if possible). The Library will send you an email or letter with details of items that could not be renewed, and any items that were automatically renewed will be listed with the new due back date.


You can reserve items that are on loan or on the shelf.  Reserve items in person, over the phone or through the Library catalogue

Additional Information

  • Library cards

    Your Library card must be presented for all City of Perth Library transactions. If you think your Library card has been lost or stolen, please let us know as soon as possible to avoid fraudulent use. Replacement cards are available for a nominal fee when we have confirmed your identity.

  • Inter-library loans

    If the item you need is not listed in the City of Perth Library catalogue we can attempt to borrow the item on your behalf from another library on inter-library loan. Request an inter-library loan in person, over the phone or through the Library catalogue.

  • Fees and charges
    Overdue or damaged items
    Admin fee for overdue items $5.00
    Lost / damaged items (admin fee per item in addition to replacement / repair cost) $6.00


    Other Library fees apply to:


  • Book sets

    Get some friends together and start your own book club with the Library’s free book sets. Come in and visit us to see the popular and acclaimed titles ready for you to borrow.

    A book set can be borrowed for six weeks and renewed up to three times if it hasn’t been requested by another member. Please ensure all items in the book set are returned at the same time and in good condition. Please return the set to the Library during opening hours, as it can’t be returned through the 24 hour returns chute on Hay Street.

  • Home delivery

    Want to borrow from the Library but can’t visit due to illness, injury or a disability?

    If you are a resident of the City of Perth and are permanently or temporarily housebound, we can deliver Library items to you. This is a free service for residents in the City of Perth’s local government area. We visit regularly and can make the selection for you.

    Our friendly staff will discuss your preferences with you. Choose from our wide range of books, DVDs, BluRays, audiobooks and magazines. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

  • Mixed bag service
    If you’re a Library member but don't have time to browse the collection, you may want to try our Mixed Bag service. Contact us to register and we’ll take your preferences. Library staff will then hand-pick items for you and let you know when you can visit the Library to collect them.