Shorelink Library Network

About Shorelink

The Shorelink Library network is made up of five Lower North Shore Council Libraries: Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, Stanton (North Sydney) and Willoughby. Your Shorelink library card currently allows you to borrow items from any of these libraries, although they may have differing guidelines.

Shorelink is managed by a joint Committee which has representatives from all Councils. North Sydney Council is currently the Council responsible for administering Shorelink’s financial and administrative operations.

Willoughby City Library withdrawal from Shorelink - December 2017

Why did Willoughby Council choose to withdraw from Shorelink?

The Shorelink Consortium is a costly way for Willoughby to provide library services that do not cater for the specific needs of the Willoughby community. Willoughby Council chose to withdraw from Shorelink in order to deliver library services tailored specifically to the needs of the Willoughby community. The decision followed careful consideration and independent studies into the future of libraries.

When will the changes come into effect?

Willoughby City Council will formally exit Shorelink in December 2017. Library members will have access to the Shorelink network until December 2017.

How can I borrow from libraries outside of Willoughby?

From 2018, library members will continue to have access to collections from around Australia through Willoughby Library’s Inter–Library Loan Service. Library members will also continue to have access to eBook services through our subscriptions.

Will there be changes to services?

Customers will no longer be able to return Willoughby Library items to other Shorelink libraries and vice-versa. Members of other Shorelink libraries will need to join Willoughby Library to access our collection.

How will library customers benefit from the withdrawal?

Willoughby Council will have more control over how the library is managed. This means services and programs can be tailored to the Willoughby community.

How will I find out about changes?

We will keep you informed of any changes that may affect you. Information will be available at our libraries, on Council’s website or by phone and email.

For more information on library services, you can visit the Chatswood Library, Lower Ground, The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, phone 9777 7900, or email library@willoughby.nsw.gov.au.

Find information and locations of other publics libraries in New South Wales from the State Library of NSW.