Joondalup Library celebrates 25 years

On 13 July 1997, Joondalup Library opened its doors for the first time after 20 months of construction. This July the City celebrates your Library’s 25 year milestone. To commemorate the occasion, Joondalup Library is offering a stylish new library card for members who join at Joondalup Library. This is a limited edition print run, so cards will only be available for a short time.

The card features the work of local artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers who designed and painted the beautiful mural in the Joondalup Library Children’s area.

Members who join at other branches during the celebrations can choose from four membership card designs plus a brand new card featuring the Western Australian native, Eucalyptus Kruseana (Bookleaf Mallee).

About Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a multi-disciplinary Australian Visual Artist. You may have seen his wonderful silo artwork in Merredin.

His work is inspired by nature, the built environment, human behaviour, and how these subjects intersect. Kyle expands on these ideas by exploring colour, abstraction, form, line, and incorporating narrative where relevant.

He has been exhibiting his work since 2005 including solo exhibitions in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, The United States and Austria.

In addition to his exhibition works, Kyle has created artwork / murals in 12 countries and has 6 children’s books published in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, China and Turkey. Explore his gallery of work here.

What is all the hoopla about?

Joondalup Libraries’ members now have access to a huge new digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video, comics and, for the first time, music albums.

The hoopla service is compatible on your browser, phone, tablet, TV products, Alexa, Android Auto and Apple’s Car Play.

Choose from:

  • 587,792+ eBooks and audiobooks for 21 days
  • 306,815+ Music Albums for 7 days
  • 22,760+ Comics for 21 days
  • 17,723+ videos for 3 days

All this digital borrowing is in addition to the existing BorrowBox, cloudLibrary, Libby|Overdrive and Kanopy services.

Install the hoopla app to get started or see staff for connection alternatives.

hoopla app

2022 Reading Challenge

How are you progressing with the City of Joondalup Libraries’ 2022 reading challenge?

It’s not too late to get started if you missed the launch in the summer event and programs booklet. Download your copy and get reading. Not matter how you like it, books, eBooks, audiobooks, it all counts.

Take the challenge

Book clubs

Add another layer of interest to your regular reading by joining in a book club. Joondalup Libraries have a variety of online options you can join as you have time in your busy schedule.

  1. OverDrive using the Libby app offer quarterly Together We Read / Big Library Read titles which are promoted through the Libby app and our Facebook page.
  2. Online Book Club uses the Freading app to deliver three concurrent titles every 10 weeks for you to read and discuss.
  3. Ben’s Book Club is a digital online book club available exclusively to Australian and New Zealand libraries using Libby, hosted by best-selling author Ben Hobson. Follow Joondalup Libraries on Facebook to stay up to date with recent titles being offered.

Christmas at Joondalup Libraries

Joondalup Libraries have changed operating hours in the lead up to Christmas.

All branches will be closed on  Friday 17 December 2021 from 12.00noon, City Libraries will open at the usual times on Saturday 18 December 2021.

Christmas and New Year

City Libraries will be closed Friday 24 December 2021 from 5.00pm and will remain closed until the New Year. Libraries will reopen at as usual on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Items on loan can be returned through the after hour chutes during this time or renewed online according to borrowing conditions.

Your Online Resources are accessible seven days a week. This means that thousands of eBooks, magazines, audiobooks, films and other online resources can be accessed with your library card and login.

View all the Library hours.

Literacy for beginner readers

Literacy for beginner readers

Joondalup Libraries’ Beginner Reader collection supports your child while they’re learning to read with books that are age and ability appropriate, as well as entertaining. Each level is designed to gradually increase your child’s reading ability and confidence. Being at ease with letters, sounds, and words is an important foundation for learning throughout life and reading with your child each day will help them to become great readers.

This specially chosen collection is found in your library’s junior reading area. Each reading level is given a coloured star, making it easy to browse and choose books to meet your child’s reading abilities.

Red Star

Starting to read – Simple repetitive words with lots of colourful illustrations.

Blue Star

Reading with help – Simple sentences with more complex words to increase your child’s vocabulary and confidence.

Yellow Star

Reading independently – Chapter books with small paragraphs and less illustrations.

Green Star

Reading proficiently – More challenging stories with longer chapters and engaging characters and plots to challenge your child’s growing interests.

Once your child has developed their reading abilities and confidence, there are thousands of fiction and nonfiction books, eBooks, audiobooks, comics and magazines for them to choose from in the dedicated junior area of their library or online through the kid friendly website for Overdrive and Borrowbox.

If you need help finding books suitable for your beginner reader or reluctant reader, don’t hesitate to ask the library staff for recommendations.

About City libraries

About City libraries

The City of Joondalup Libraries are one of the largest and busiest public library services in Western Australia with a range of items available to borrow, events to attend and facilities to enjoy. The City has four libraries – Duncraig, Joondalup, Whitford and Woodvale – including a specialist reference and local history collection within the Joondalup Library.

The City’s libraries have opportunities for all ages and lifestyles and offer the following:

  • Free membership
  • Over 385,000 items to choose from
  • A mobile friendly catalogue to explore and manage your membership
  • Fiction and nonfiction books
  • Popular magazines and journals
  • Music CDs and audiobooks
  • DVDs of films, TV series and documentaries
  • Free computer access, internet and WiFi
  • Hundreds of events and clubs to meet all interests
  • An extensive collection of databases, online learning and eBooks available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The library spaces are available to all residents, tourists, families and businesses to enjoy without membership. Please note that the City’s libraries charge for some programs, meeting spaces and overdue fines.

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Publications and merchandise

While the City’s libraries offer a predominantly free service, merchandise items and printing/copying services have a small charge.

Connect

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Children’s online events

Children’s online events

It is not always possible to get to the Library, so now the City of Joondalup Libraries can come to you. Staff have created a range of online alternatives you and your children can enjoy at home.

  • Story Time Online – encourages a love of reading and develops literacy and social skills.
  • Toddler Time Online – sing songs and rhymes that include lots of action for your energetic toddler. Sessions encourage the love of books and language.
  • Chop Chop Stories – a fresh, colourful and interactive program of laughs and storytelling.
  • Read, Learn, Grow – Sing it, Read it, Imagine it and Make it. Develop your child’s early literacy skills.

Each video has been specifically crafted to convey a love of reading to your children. With these videos your children will associate learning to read with laughter and fun.

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

 

 

Adult online events

Adult online events

Connect with your City of Joondalup Library even when you are at home. Staff have created a range of online alternatives you can enjoy at your leisure.

Topics discussed by these professional guest speakers reflect some of our most popular adult events and presenters: Meet the Author, Discovery Session and practical workshops are available to view in this collection of videos.

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Groups and club membership

Groups and club membership

Clubs are great places to make new friends or pick up a new hobby. There are many benefits to joining a social club including:

  • Meeting new people
  • Picking up a new skill
  • Keeping mentally active and involved
  • Developing a sense community
  • Discovering new interests.

Book clubs

Book club members broaden their range of reading, increase their knowledge and meet new people by meeting to discuss their latest book. Book clubs meet once a month at all four City of Joondalup Libraries. Some clubs meet during the day and others the evening to accommodate most schedules. Contact the City on 9400 4758 to register your interest as numbers may be limited.

Brain games

Come along to Joondalup Library every Monday at 2.00pm for an hour of puzzles, quizzes and games, designed to exercise and stimulate the brain. These challenging activities, held in a fun and social environment, will get the grey matter firing and help improve cognition. Sessions are also held at Duncraig Library on the second Saturday of the month at 10.00am.

Camera club

The aim of the camera club is to assist members to improve their photographic skills and techniques by submitting regular works, through challenges, workshops and outings. Meetings are held monthly on a Friday afternoon, with additional excursions and workshops organised throughout the year. Contact the City on 9400 4761 to register your interest as numbers may be limited.

Chess afternoon

A session for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess or just have a friendly game. Join in at Woodvale Library every Thursday at 4.00pm. All welcome. Chess sets are provided. No bookings required.

Crochet group

Do you crochet? Would you like to crochet with others in a friendly, social group? Join in every Wednesday at either Whitford Library, 10.00am or Woodvale Library, 9.30am. All adults welcome. No bookings required.

French conversation group

These informal sessions would suit people travelling to French speaking countries or for those who just wish to practice speaking French. Attendees must have some French language skills to participate. Currently, weekly meetings are held at Joondalup Library on Thursday evenings. Contact the Joondalup Library on 9400 4712 to register your interest as numbers may be limited.

Games in the Library

Libraries have a great range of games for patrons to enjoy. They are for use in the libraries only, but can be played for the whole day. Bring a friend or two to your local library and enjoy the challenge. Alternatively, come along to scheduled Game On! sessions – Monday afternoons, 2.00pm, at Woodvale Library, or Joondalup Library on Thursday mornings at 10.00am. Choose to play Scrabble, Upwords, Backgammon, Yahtzee, Rummikub, card games and many more. No bookings required.

Jigsaw group

Meet other jigsaw enthusiasts at Duncraig Library every third Wednesday at 2.00pm. Have fun tackling different types of jigsaws whilst improving your memory and visual-spatial reasoning. All welcome. No bookings required.

Knitting groups

Knitting groups provide an opportunity for adults who knit or crochet to get together and socialise. Meet new people, create community craft projects, knit for charity or simply complete your own knitting work in the company of fellow knitters. All welcome. No bookings required.

Day Time
Duncraig 1st Wednesday 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Joondalup 4th Saturday 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Whitford Every Thursday 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Mahjong

Mahjong is a popular and challenging game and will help keep the brain active whilst having fun. For further information regarding available sessions in the libraries, please call 9400 4761.

Tabletop games

If you love board or tabletop gaming, or have been waiting for the opportunity to start, here is your big chance to play some really interesting games. The group meet weekly at Whitford Library, on Saturday mornings at 9.30am. Ages 16+. No bookings required.

Writers’ group

This group share their work, give and receive feedback, provide support and motivation, exchange ideas and expand and develop their writing. All forms of writing are encouraged. Meetings occur twice a month on Sunday afternoons. Contact the City on 9400 4761 to register your interest as numbers may be limited.

To keep up to date with clubs, groups and other Library events:

Justice of the Peace services

Justice of the Peace services

A Justice of the Peace (JP) is available to witness documents such as Affidavits, Statutory Declarations, Enduring Powers of Attorney/Guardianship and certifying documents and wills at the following City facilities. Select local JP services can be found on the Community Directory.

Joondalup Library

  • Thursday – 5.00pm – 6.45pm
  • Saturday – 10.00am – 12.30pm

Woodvale Library

  • Saturday – 9.30am – 11.30am

No appointment is necessary to consult with the Joondalup Libraries Justice of the Peace service, however it is recommended to phone the library on the day to confirm the attendance of the JP.

Certified copies

Please provide your own copies, as well as the original document. There is a coin operated copier at the Library which will copy colour and black and white, A4 and A3.

Witnesses

Please bring someone with you to be the second witness if required (for instance Wills; Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA); Enduring Power of Guardianship (EPG); Advanced Health Directives (AHD)).

Libraries – Click and Collect service

Libraries – Click and Collect service

A Click and Collect service is available through Joondalup Libraries to ensure everyone can continue to borrow library items in a low contact manner if they choose. Reserve any item showing as available on the catalogue, call or email your local library to arrange a time to collect (non-contact). Conditions apply.

If you are not sure how to reserve an item, contact your local library for assistance.

Not a member?

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Library online resources

Library online resources

Joondalup libraries offer a range of online resources accessible 24/7 with your library membership. The City has options to satisfy your research questions, assist with homework or to help you learn at your own pace. Choose from almost any topic you can imagine.

For kids

Children of all ages will benefit from these resources. Get answers at any time from reliable and child safe sources. Resources include support for early literacy and numeracy, learning a foreign language or undertaking research using the Britannica online encyclopedia.

Genealogy

Ancestry.com and find My Past are available in each of the Libraries’ branches to assist you with your genealogy research.

Newspapers and magazines

Read The West Australian and the Sunday Times – available online the day following publication. Browse the online version of Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques from the comfort of your home. Access Choice magazine online from within each Library branch.

Online learning

Languages

Learn another language, choose from over 100 languages for beginners to advanced speakers via Transparent Languages Online. Or learn English with tuition available in over twenty languages. KidSpeak provides tuition for children in a range of languages.

Personal and professional development

People skills, computing, finance, writing, public speaking and lots more employment and business skills. Arts, crafts, hobbies, skills and DIY on every possible topic.

Research and reference

Use Australian and international databases, encyclopaedias and other sources to find reliable answers to your health, science, technology, arts, business, humanities, social science and literature questions. Includes free access to millions of articles, reports, journals and reference texts.

Go Digital

Joondalup Library – local history collection

Joondalup Library – local history collection

Local history is a dedicated collection located on the lower ground floor of the Joondalup Library. Local history collects, preserves and celebrates the Joondalup region’s rich local heritage. It contains a variety of resources on the history, development, environment and culture of the Joondalup and Wanneroo area, and provides researchers with a picture of life in the region from Aboriginal times to the present day.

If you would like to consider donating items to the local history collection, please see the article on Local history donations.

For information about resources for teachers and visits by school groups view Local history for schools.

Help update local history records

Joondalup Library’s local history collection is a treasure trove of information about the early settlement of the City of Joondalup and Wanneroo areas. The local history team collects, preserves and celebrates the rich heritage of the area, and it’s always exciting when new historical details come to light.

Recently, the Lockwood family approached the City of Joondalup, detailing their family’s historical connection to the land around Lake Goolellal. The family operated a piggery from 1940 – 1969. The local history team have had the opportunity to add valuable documents and photos to the collection, and to to record an oral history with John Lockwood.

Does your family have links to the early settlement of the Joondalup region, or to the development of the modern city? The local history team would love to hear from you, please email or call 9400 4746.

Local history resources

  • Books, reports and unpublished theses
  • Oral histories
  • Maps
  • Ephemera and memorabilia
  • Posters
  • Annual reports
  • Road Board and Council documents and minutes
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Stories and suburb histories

Oral history – expression of interest

Oral history – expression of interest

Complete this form to express your interest in participating in the Oral History program.

Oral history interviews are conducted by trained interviewers who will ask questions about significant events and experiences. The resulting interview will be recorded to CD and added to the oral history collection which is available to the general public.

  • Address

Community Directory registration

Community Directory registration

Toddler Time

Toddler Time

Come along for stories, songs and rhymes with lots of action for your energetic toddler. Toddler Time is designed for children 18 to 30 months and their parents.

Benefits

  • Encourage the love of books and language
  • Allows your child to move about
  • Develop your child’s pre-literacy, communication and social skills
  • Learn to value the enjoyment of reading together
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

Sessions commence at 10.00am.

Toddler Time runs during school terms at Joondalup, Duncraig and Whitford Libraries. At Woodvale Library sessions run throughout the year.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Whitford Duncraig Woodvale Joondalup Woodvale
(Family Time)

A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Toddler Time session.

Please note, some sessions may be cancelled during Children’s Book Week (Monday August 15 – Friday August 26, 2022). Check the Events Calendar for up-to-date information.

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Please check the events calendar.

Younger children aged 0-18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Services for immigrants

Services for immigrants

The Community Directory has a range of services and groups of interest to new migrants:

  • English language classes and training.
  • Refugee support.
  • Settlement assistance.
  • Interpreting services.
  • Nationality groups.
  • Migrant resource centres.

Story Time

Story Time

Story Time sessions are designed for children aged two to four years. Come and enjoy the stories, songs, and creative play.

Benefits

  • Encourages a love of reading
  • Stimulates the imagination
  • Develops literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Develop creativity and dexterity through play.

Where and when

  • No bookings required
  • Free library activity
  • A parent or guardian must accompany the child and participate in the Story Time session.

Current sessions

All sessions are at 10.00am

 Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Duncraig Joondalup Duncraig
Joondalup
Woodvale Whitford Whitford
(STEAMing into Stories)

Please note, some sessions may be cancelled during Children’s Book Week (Monday 15 August – Friday 26 August 2022). Check the Events Calendar for up-to-date information.

STEAMing into Stories

Saturday STEAMing into Story Time program combines encouraging a love of reading with STEAM activities. Sessions are suitable for children from two to seven years old.

Family Time

Family Time is an action-packed program full of stories, songs, rhymes and making noise in the library. Aimed at children from 18 months to four years, the songs and actions will grab the attention of younger children, while the older children will be entertained by the fun-filled stories.

Stories in the Park

Stories in the Park occur in March and November. Join City of Joondalup Libraries staff in one of your favourite parks.

Other options

Check out the Online Story Time sessions.

Younger children aged 0 – 18 months may prefer Baby Rhyme Time, or Toddler Time for 18 – 30 months.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Parenting workshops

Parenting workshops

Tailored specifically for parents of babies and toddlers, these information sessions focus on learning, language and development. Topics include:

  • Baby signs
  • Water safe babies
  • Beyond babbling
  • Baby tastes
  • Baby sleep.

Sessions

Presentations run for one hour and refreshments are provided. The workshops are held once a month and babies up to 18 months are welcome.

Bookings

Bookings are essential through the events calendar. A cost of $5.00 is payable when booking online.

Please note: There will be no refunds if you are unable to attend an event. Refunds will only be issued if the City of Joondalup Libraries have to cancel.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Renew library items

Renew library items

You can borrow library items for up to four weeks. You are entitled to two renewals, unless another library member has requested the item. This can give you up to 12 weeks to enjoy your loans.

Renew now

  • You must have set up a password/PIN to use this service
  • If you haven’t got a password/PIN, please contact staff
  • If you’ve forgotten your password/PIN, use the ‘Forgot Your Password‘ link in the Catalogue.

By phone

Call during opening hours for staff to renew your items.

In person

Ask staff to renew your loans on your next visit. Alternatively, use the self serve computers or catalogue computers to renew items using the online process above.

Pay library fines

Pay library fines

Library fines and charges can be paid in a number of ways:

Online

Log in to the Library catalogue and navigate to My Membership. There is a Pay Online tab where you can use SecurePay for a credit card transaction.

Pay by credit card now

Phone

Contact staff during opening hours to make a credit card or EFTPOS payment.

In person

Visit any Joondalup Libraries branch to make cash, EFTPOS or credit card payments.

Overdue library loans

Overdue library loans

When library items are lost, damaged or not returned it’s an expense to the Joondalup libraries and an inconvenience for other library users. For these reasons, Joondalup libraries charge overdue fines when library items are returned late.

As a courtesy, the City provides reminders to borrowers:

  • Loan transaction receipt
  • Three day loan reminder – email only
  • One day overdue loan reminder – email only
  • Three day overdue loan reminder – post or email.

Should an item not be returned the City will commence cost recovery in the following ways:

  • 28 day overdue invoice
  • 56 day overdue referral to Debt Collection services.

Borrowers will be charged an additional, nonrefundable debt collection charge of $12.80 which is payable even if the items are returned.

Renew

To ensure items are not overdue, these options for renewing library items may be of assistance.

Email notifications

Many email providers now have folders for bulk mail and/or spam. The library’s emails are considered “bulk mail” and may be sent to these folders. To ensure you receive all emails from the library, please be sure to authorise the library’s email address: libraries@joondalup.wa.gov.au so you won’t miss any eNewsletters or important notices.

New library releases

New library releases

Joondalup libraries offer a custom, email notification service for you to stay up to date on new releases at your library.

This is an automated service where you receive tailored email notifications to meet your interests. This could be your favourite author, books on a topic or items matching a format such as cooking magazines or fiction DVDs.

How does it work?

  1. Log in and access your dashboard on the Library catalogue.
  2. Select New Alert Profile on the menu.
  3. Complete the form to receive emails featuring new Library items matching your interests.
  4. The email contains links and descriptions for you to review and quickly place reservations.
  5. Emails can be scheduled to arrive daily, weekly or monthly.
  6. Create as many Alert Profiles as you like.

Email notifications

Many email providers have folders for bulk mail and/or spam. The library’s emails are considered “bulk mail” and may be sent to these folders. To ensure you receive all emails from the library, please be sure to authorise the library’s email address: libraries@joondalup.wa.gov.au so you won’t miss any eNewsletters or important notices.

Meet the Author

Meet the Author

Meeting a published author, listening to their story, and finding out what makes them tick is a great way to spend an hour or two.

Libraries hold regular Meet the Author events and are proud to partner with Dymocks Joondalup to bring you a range of fascinating guest speakers and book launches. Libraries host local, national and international authors including high profile best-selling writers.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Lost or damaged library items

Lost or damaged library items

Some of the common ways items get damaged include water damage, sand, food spills, scribbles, animal and baby chews.

Reporting

If you know you have lost or damaged a library item, let library staff know as soon as possible to avoid additional overdue fines.

Payments

Payments can be made online or at your library.

If you return the lost item within 12 months from when it was due, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge of $6.00.

Debt collection

Please note that Joondalup libraries will employ Debt Collection services if accounts remain unpaid.

Lost library card

Lost library card

Please advise library staff immediately if your library card is lost or stolen.

Note:

  • An alert will be placed on the card to prevent it being used.
  • A lost card will incur a replacement fee of $6.00.
  • Stolen cards will require a police report to be replaced free of charge.

If you find your card after reporting it lost/stolen, please confirm your identification with staff on your next visit to reactivate it.

Reserve library items

Reserve library items

Library members can use the Library catalogue to reserve items up to 50 items.

How to reserve

Simply go to your Library catalogue and log in. Browse for the item and place your reservation.

Notifications

You will receive either an email notification or posted notice when your reservation is ready to collect. There will be a collection deadline, so don’t miss out.

Automatic new item alerts

Regular users might like to sign up for personal email alert notifications when new items are added to the collection.

Can’t find a title?

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, a Library staff member can help.  Complete Interlibrary Loan Request and someone from the Library will be in touch.

Staff are able to track down items on your behalf. Libraries in WA and interstate have a mutual lending agreement to share some stock. Conditions apply.

Library home delivery service

Library home delivery service

Books on Wheels is a free delivery service that caters to City of Joondalup residents who are unable to reach a City Library because of frailty, disability or limited mobility. Receiving the Books on Wheels service is not necessarily related to the age of a person.

Available for loan

  • Books – large print or standard print, fiction and nonfiction
  • DVDs – movies, TV series or documentaries
  • Audiobooks
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs

An agreed number of preselected items are delivered fortnightly to your home by experienced library staff. All members also have access to download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Eligibility guidelines

Customers must live in the City of Joondalup and may:

  • Not be able to visit a library due to:
    • frailty, illness, compromised mobility, or disability
    • long recuperation period at home or in care
    • live in an aged care residential establishment or nursing home
  • Be able to visit a library but are too frail to navigate the library or carry library items.

Books on Wheels is not servicing customers who are isolating or in government imposed lockdown. Alternative services may be activated during a COVID-19 emergency. Please contact your nearest Library for options.

Transport difficulties

If transport is a barrier to accessing your Library, the City offers a monthly community transport service to Joondalup Library.

Joining

Contact staff for further details and to discuss your eligibility and reading interests.

Library catalogue and member log in

Library catalogue and member log in

Manage your library membership through the catalogue website. Bookmark this site for quick and easy access.

Browse the catalogue

Your library membership

Log in using your membership number and passcode. If you don’t have a library password/PIN, contact Library staff for assistance.

  • Renew library loans
  • Browse the catalogue
  • Reserve items
  • Download free eBooks, digital magazines, films
  • Access online learning
  • Research over 10,000 online journals and databases
  • Sign up for automatic alerts for new library items

Library borrowing

Library borrowing

Borrowing limits

All family members can have their own library card and borrow up to 15 items each. You can borrow library items for 28 days.

Returning

Items can be borrowed and returned to any of the Joondalup Libraries. For your convenience, each library branch offers 24/7 return option.

Library items are due back at close of business on the due day. Items returned after close of business are considered overdue.

Renew

A maximum of two renewals is allowed, but only if another library member hasn’t reserved the item. This can give you up to 12 weeks to enjoy your loans.

To ensure items are not overdue, these options for renewing library items may be of assistance.

Notices

The City provides reminders to borrowers:

  • Loan transaction receipt
  • Three day loan reminder – email only
  • One day overdue loan reminder – email only
  • Three day overdue loan reminder – post or email.

Email notifications

Many email providers now have folders for bulk mail and/or spam. The library’s emails are considered “bulk mail” and may be sent to these folders. To ensure you receive all emails from the library, please be sure to authorise the library’s email address: libraries@joondalup.wa.gov.au so you don’t miss any eNewsletters or important notices.

Penalties

Joondalup libraries offer a predominantly free service, however, loss or damage to items or membership cards and late return of loans may incur charges.

Overdue fines

Joondalup libraries charge 25 cents per item, per day for any loans returned late. Overdue fines do not apply to eBooks or downloaded titles, however, members will not be allowed to access some digital content with over $10.00 in fines against their membership.

A library member can continue to use all library services so long as their fines or charges don’t add up to $10.00 or more.

Lost or damaged items

Accidents happen and sometimes you may be asked to pay for a lost or damaged library item. Some of the common ways items get damaged include water damage, sand, food spills, scribbles, animal and baby chews.

If you know you have lost or damaged a library item, let library staff know as soon as possible to avoid additional overdue fines.

Debt collection

Please note that Joondalup libraries will employ Debt Collection services if accounts remain unpaid. The City will commence cost recovery in the following ways:

  • 28 day overdue invoice
  • 56 day overdue referral to Debt Collection services.

A library member cannot borrow until charges are paid in full.

Payments

Payments can be made online or at your library.

Lost membership cards

Lost membership cards can be replaced for a small fee of $6.00.

Libraries feedback

Libraries feedback

All library users are encouraged to provide feedback. The City values and encourages all feedback.

If you would like to provide feedback you can:

  • speak to a librarian at your local library
  • fill in the online Customer Feedback Form
  • fill in a Customer Feedback Form at your library
  • contact the City’s Customer Relations Advocate
  • Email the Joondalup libraries.

Surveys

Joondalup libraries conduct regular surveys to encourage users to give feedback on library services, programs and initiatives. The results of these surveys assist with future planning and service enhancements.

English conversation group

English conversation group

The City of Joondalup Library has free, regular sessions to help you improve your English conversation skills in a relaxed and supportive group.

Sessions are held once a week on Wednesdays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.

  • Sessions are held during school term only
  • You can come to as many sessions as you need
  • No bookings required, just turn up
  • Sessions are very relaxed with no written work, just conversation.

IELTS Testing

City of Joondalup Libraries also provides free access to Road to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) practice tests for library card holders. Over 100 hours of activities, training and practice tests for General Training and Academic Entry.

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Library meeting rooms

Library meeting rooms

Library meeting rooms are available for hire during library open times.

Whitford Library

Size 4.8m x 8.2m 2m² Restrictions
Seating capacity (theatre) 30 people Up to 19 people
Seating capacity (tables) 24 people Up to 19 people
Standing capacity 45 people Up to 19 people
Furniture Specify requirements on booking

Technology

All rooms are air conditioned and have an overhead data projector included in your hire. HDMI and VGA connection available. Libraries have free Wi-Fi, but it is recommended you rely on your own data source.

Accessibility

There is accessibility parking adjacent to Whitford Library.
Please note: the doorway openings to Whitford Library meeting rooms are 900mm wide.
 No kitchen facilities. 

Joondalup Library

Room One and Two

Size 6.3m x 6m 2m² Restrictions
Seating capacity (theatre) 23 people up to 18 people
Seating capacity (table) 16 people up to 16 people
Standing capacity 35 people up to 18 people
Furniture 5 tables and 23 chairs

Room Three

Size 12.6 x 6m 2m² Restrictions
Seating capacity (theatre) 46 people up to 36 people
Seating capacity (tables) 32 people up to 32 people
Standing capacity 70 people up to 36 people
Furniture 10 tables and 46 chairs

Ground floor room (weekends only)

Size 12.8 x 8.m 2m² Restrictions
Seating capacity (theatre) 50 people up to 50 people
Seating capacity (tables) 35 people up to 35 people
Standing capacity 50 people up to 50 people
Furniture 5 tables and 35 chairs

Kitchenette facilities are available at Joondalup Library. Refreshments such as tea/coffee/milk are not provided.

Costs

Room Government or commercial hourly rate Government or commercial daily rate Non-Profit community hourly rate Non-Profit community daily rate
Whitford Library
Room $30.00 $200.00 $15.00 $100.00
Joondalup Library
Room 1 or 2 $34.00 $230.00 $17.00 $115.00
Room 3 $46.00 $320.00 $23.00 $160.00
Ground floor $40.00 $280.00 $20.00 $140.00

All prices include GST. Terms and conditions apply.

Technology

All rooms are air conditioned and have an overhead data projector included in your hire. HDMI and VGA connection available. Libraries have free Wi-Fi, but it is recommended you rely on your own data source.

Accessibility

There is accessibility parking in the basement carpark at Joondalup Library with a lift direct to the Meeting Room level 1. Please note: the doorway openings to Joondalup Library meeting rooms are 800mm wide.

Internet and printing services

Internet and printing services

Services available

  • Internet browsing
  • Microsoft Office
    • MS Word
    • Excel
    • Publisher
    • Powerpoint
  • Paid print facilities in colour and black/white
  • Webmail access.

WiFi printing

Don’t have a printer? Run out of ink? Or you’re on the go and want to print from your mobile device? Print from home or on the go.

City of Joondalup libraries have a mobile print service that you can access from any networked device, be it your computer at home, your smartphone or tablet. Charges apply.

Other services

Your library also has:

  • Photocopier (colour and B/W photocopying) *Charges apply
  • Free scanning facilities
  • Free WiFi

Please note that web content filtering is in place to block unsafe material and sites.

eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines

eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines

Members of Joondalup Libraries have free access to a huge range of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks and digital magazines. Download from over 1million titles.

  • BorrowBox – for eBooks and audiobooks
  • cloudLibrary – for eBooks and audiobooks
  • Libby by Overdrive – for eBooks and audiobooks and magazines
  • Online Book Club – Curated selection of eBooks with moderated online chat
  • Kanopy – Movies, TV and documentary streaming
  • hoopla – eBooks, audiobooks, comics and streaming TV and movies

Get started

  1. Join the City of Joondalup Libraries
  2. Download the apps to your mobile device for anywhere, any time access
  3. Sign in with your library membership number

Please note that Library provided eBooks are not compatible with Kindle eReaders.

All digital resources

Not a library member?

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Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time

City of Joondalup libraries, in association with Better Beginnings, are pleased to offer Baby Rhyme Time for babies 0 – 18 months and their parents.

Connect with your baby while singing your favourite rhymes and songs.

Benefits of joining in Baby Rhyme Time

  • Learn new rhymes and songs
  • Develop your baby’s pre-literacy and social skills
  • Relaxed and fun environment
  • Learn the value of reading to your baby from birth
  • Supports parents as their child’s first teacher
  • Free library activity.

Sessions commence at 10.00am and run during school term.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Joondalup Duncraig Woodvale Whitford

Please note, some sessions may be cancelled during Children’s Book Week (August 15 – August 26, 2022). Check the Events Calendar for up-to-date information.

Children aged 18 – 30 months may prefer Toddler Time or Story Time for preschool kids aged two to four years.

To keep up to date with Library events:

Joining the library

Joining the library

Anyone can join a Joondalup Library. Residents of any age, visitors, schools and care centres can join Joondalup Libraries. When you join at Joondalup, Duncraig, Whitford or Woodvale, your library membership will cover all the services offered at all four libraries.

Individuals and families

In person

Visit a Joondalup library and ask staff for a membership form to complete.

Children under 18 need a parent or guardian with ID to join them, but don’t need their own identification. The City’s libraries require official documents showing:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Signature

This can be a single document, such as a driver’s licence or a combination of documents which may include:

  • Driver’s licence
  • Phone/power/water bill
  • Health Care Card
  • Bank statement
  • Rent agreement
  • Passport
  • Proof of Age Card

If you cannot provide documentation showing name, address and signature, please consult staff for other limited or online membership options.

From home

Join online and become an instant digital member. Get access to online resources and eBooks. Digital memberships must be validated in person with identification to borrow physical items.

Join the Library

Joining the library for schools and day centre groups

Who can apply?

  • Schools
  • Adult Day Centres
  • Child Daycare Centres
  • Pre-Schools and Kindergartens.

The organisation must operate within the City of Joondalup.

What does this membership provide?

  • Maximum of 20 items loan limit
  • Free membership
  • Choice of items from the full library collection.

How do I apply?

You can apply by visiting any of the City of Joondalup Libraries branches with the following documents:

  • A request for membership on organisational letterhead, signed by the Manager/Director or Principal
  • Completed relevant membership form.

Wi-Fi printing service

Wi-Fi printing service

Don’t have a printer? Run out of ink? Or, you’re on the go and want to print from your mobile device?

You can send your printing jobs to Duncraig, Joondalup, Whitford or Woodvale libraries from your PC at home, smartphone or tablet, then visit to pay and collect.

A4 printing

Available in colour or black/white at all four Library branches.

A3 printing

Joondalup Library has the ability to print A3 in colour or black/white.

SEND PRINTS NOW

Cost

A3 A4
Colour $2.00 $1.00
Black/White $0.40 $0.20

 

Library newsletter

Library newsletter

Receive a Library newsletter fortnightly by email. Join more than 45,000 current subscribers to receive information about upcoming events, services, reading advice, competitions and more. Subscription is available to both members and non members. When you see an article or event of interest to friends and family, simply forward it on so they can get involved too.

The Libraries Event and Programs booklet, produced seasonally, can be another source of keeping up to date.

Alternatively, follow us on Social media

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Discovery Sessions

Discovery Sessions

Discovery Sessions provide life-long learning opportunities for all adults. They include information sessions and workshops on a variety of topics and give participants a taste of a subject they may wish to pursue in more detail at their leisure. Themes have covered topics such as arts and culture, travel, history, health and well-being and lifestyle.

Sessions

Presentations run for one hour and refreshments are provided. Bookings are made online, a small fee is charged which is payable at time of booking.

Please note: There will be no refunds if you are unable to attend an event. Refunds will only be issued if the City of Joondalup Libraries have to cancel.

Bookings

Due to the popularity of sessions, online bookings are essential through the Events Calendar or by calling the Library.

To keep up to date with Discovery Sessions and other library events:

Where to recycle batteries and other items

Where to recycle batteries and other items

City of Joondalup Libraries

Duncraig Joondalup Whitford Woodvale
Mobile phones
Batteries  √
Ink cartridge
Compact fluoro globes
Corks
Lego

Each library has purpose built recycle bins.

Other locations

Joondalup Customer Service Centre Tamala Park Officeworks Bunnings, Coles and Aldi Woolworths
Mobile phones  √
Household batteries up to 6V lantern size
Printer cartridge
Compact fluoro globes
Long fluoros

 

Library events and programs booklet

Library events and programs booklet

The City of Joondalup will continue to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) changes.

Print copies are available at all City of Joondalup Libraries and selected cafes and community facilities in and around the Joondalup region. Events are also listed on the City’s Event Calendar.

View Event Calendar

For further information call 9400 4751.

City of Joondalup Libraries uphold the companion card fair ticketing scheme. Ticket purchases made by a valid companion card holder are eligible to receive a second, complimentary ticket to an event for a carer or companion (subject to availability). For more information on booking a complimentary companion ticket, please call Adult & Senior Services Officer on 9400 4761 for adult events, or Youth and Children’s Services Officer on 9400 4759 for children’s events.

Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Library collection recommendations

Library collection recommendations

The City’s Librarians are constantly purchasing all kinds of books, DVDs and audio for our members. Libraries welcome your suggestions for purchase. Each recommendation will be carefully considered against purchase or interlibrary loan criteria.

To submit a recommendation, go to the Library catalogue and click the ‘Suggest a purchase‘ link under My Library menu.

Library staff will either:

  • Loan the item from another library service
  • Buy a copy to add to current stock
  • Direct you to similar titles to suit your information needs.

Library parking

Library parking

All City libraries have accessible parking for library customers with designated library bays and more specifically – parents/pram, disability and senior parking bays.

Whitford Library parking is shared with the shopping centre and limited to four-hour visits.

Joondalup Library has dedicated parking bays to accommodate visits of varying duration. Customers are encouraged to follow parking signs to one-hour parking in front of the library and two-hour parking in the Joondalup Library undercroft.

For longer visits, we suggested you use the paid parking options on the roadside or in the adjacent multi-story Reid Promenade Car Park.

Public transport

For visitors relying on public transport, each branch is conveniently located within a short walk from bus stops. The Joondalup CAT bus stops directly in front of the Joondalup Library linking visitors to the Joondalup Train Station, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Health Campus and Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre.

Community Directory

Community Directory

The City provides a dedicated information and events phone line as well as a free online database of community services, facilities and activities. Staff will answer or direct your enquiry on anything to do with or being hosted within the City of Joondalup.

The Community Directory covers:

If you would like to add your group, club or event to the database, please phone the City’s Community Information Officer.

Donating to the libraries

Donating to the libraries

Unwanted books, DVDs and CDs can be donated to the City libraries.

Items accepted include:

  • Fiction and nonfiction books such as novels, biographies, history, art craft and more
  • Music CDs and DVDs
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Travel guides up to two years old
  • Textbooks and finance books up to two years old
  • Car manuals.

Items not accepted include:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Damaged, dusty, yellowed or tatty items
  • Brochures or pamphlets
  • Video tapes or cassettes
  • Magazines
  • Workbooks and personal journals.

If the item is of a local, or historical nature and suitable for inclusion in the local history collection it may be considered.

How to donate

Before donating, please check that your items are eligible for donation. Contact your most convenient library to arrange a time for staff to receive and discuss your donations. Donations are not accepted outside of opening hours.

Book sale

Some items may not be added to library stock and are set aside for library book sale which raises funds for the libraries’ literacy programs.

Please note the City’s libraries do not have the capacity to dispose of items in poor condition.