Borrowing policies


The library has a huge collection of print and digital resources for all ages available to borrow:


Our hard-copy resources include:  

  • books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • local and family history resources
  • HSC resources

Visit one of our library branches or search the catalogue.


We have an extensive collection of electronic resources, including:

  • eBooks
  • eAudiobooks
  • eMagazines
  • eMusic collections
  • streaming service
  • online databases

Find out what's available through our 24/7 eBranch.

For the first two months of membership, members are limited to three items on loan at a time. Temporary member privileges remain at this level. After the first two month period you may have up to twenty items on loan at a time with a limit of ten DVDs and ten CDs.

Different items have different loan periods. Remember, always check your loan receipt or log in with your library barcode and PIN to view your due dates.


You can place reservations for items currently on loan. You will be notified when the item is available for pickup.

Bulk language loans (LOTE) from the State Library are available free of charge. Please see library staff to submit a request.

Requests can also be made for items that are not held at our library but are available from other library services. Charges apply for this service.

Inter-library loans

To submit an Inter-Library loan request please visit one of our branches to fill out an Inter-Library loan request form. Fees apply.

Returns and renewals

Items can be returned to either Cessnock or Kurri Kurri Libraries. An after hours return chute is available at both locations. Please do not return our items to other library services (e.g. Maitland or Newcastle).

Renew your loans before the due date by logging in to your account or phoning the library. Items on loan can be renewed twice unless reserved by another borrower.


Your borrowing rights will be automatically suspended if resources are not returned within thirty days of the due date. To have your borrowing rights restored you must return the items or you must pay for any items that are lost, stolen or damaged while on loan to you.