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.

Mural project with Sioux Tempestt

The Whitford Library foyer is being transformed by artist in residence, Sioux Tempestt. Sioux creates abstract, mural, sculptural and digital art and several of her large-scale murals can be found throughout Perth.

Community workshops were held with seniors, schools and children throughout June to develop concepts for the mural. In the next phase of the project, Sue will set up her workshop as Artist in Residence in the Whitford Library meeting room from Monday 27 June to Tuesday 12 July.

You are invited to drop in and visit Sioux every Monday and Tuesday between Monday 27 June and Tuesday 12 July. Sioux will be developing the ideas from the workshops into her distinctive style. See how the project goes from a concept to the finished piece, and what it looks like ‘in the middle’ when the magic is being created. The  developing designs of the project will be on display as well as some examples of her previous work in an impromptu gallery.

Sioux will be holding a free Discovery Session to share the creative process she engages, her inspiration and artistic achievements.

Book Discovery Session

About Sioux Tempestt

Transcending creative disciplines Sioux creates abstract, mural, sculptural and digital art which meaningfully contributes to its context. Her work aims to create a narrative and connection as Sioux believes art plays an intrinsic contribution to our wellbeing, health, and happiness – more so now than ever.

Sioux is passionate about working with the community – young people in particular, mentoring and facilitating creative workshops for local governments and schools. She constantly pushes the boundaries of her practice to communicate and share her tremendous positivity and energy for life.

Large scale murals form part of Sioux’s practice and you’ll find several painted throughout Perth. Among other clients, Sioux has produced artistic projects for Curtin University, the City of Perth, the City of Melville, the City of Stirling, the City of South Perth, the City of Vincent, the Town of Victoria Park, the City of Subiaco, the Town of Claremont, Coles, Dale Alcock and Hawaiian.

Sioux has delivered 10 solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group shows. Among other achievements Sioux’s ‘Dirty Beats’ music video is an official selection of the 2022 Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Sioux received a Highly Commended, City of Bayswater Art Award, 2021; was a Finalist, City of Busselton Art Award, 2021; Finalist, Perth Royal Art Prize, 2019; Finalist, City of Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards, 2019; Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, 2021; Finalist, Town of Claremont Art Awards, 2021; Highly Commended, City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award 2018; Highly Commended, Town of Bassendean Visual Art Award 2018; Finalist, City of Joondalup 2018 Community Invitation Art Award.

Sioux is curator of the Darlington Arts Festival Sculpture on the Scarp 2022. Her work is held in public and private collections.


This project was made possible with assistance of DLGSCI and Lotterywest.

Interlibrary lending

Library members can request materials from other libraries through the interlibrary loan service, if the title is not held in the City’s collection. The following items cannot be requested on interlibrary loan:

  • Items less than 12 months old
  • Music CDs or DVDs
  • Multiple copies for book clubs.

There are exceptions for people with special needs including disabilities, housebound and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds where books in languages other than English are needed.

Request an interlibrary loan

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an interlibrary loan limit?
There is no interlibrary loan limit per borrower per year.

Can we request new items?
Anything 12 months old or less cannot be requested. This includes all categories and formats.

Can we request music CDs?
Music CDs cannot be requested.

Can we request DVDs?
Only if the DVD title forms part of a series.

Can we request audiobooks on CD or MP3?
Yes, providing it is not less than 12 months old.

Can we request junior or young adult items?
Yes, providing it is not less than 12 months old.

Can we request/lend materials in Languages other than English (LOTE)?
LOTE items are exempted from the restrictions. They can be requested regardless of age.

Purchase requests

Some unfulfilled interlibrary requests may be considered for purchase. These are assessed against a criteria, then ordered by the Library to be added to the library collection as locally owned stock.

Not all requests are purchased. The criteria for purchase are:

  • Item has been published or released in the last five years or is a classic
  • Item is experiencing high demand or interest
  • Item fills a subject or series gap in the current collection
  • Item must be due for publication within three months, otherwise you can resubmit the request closer to the publication date.

Members can make purchase requests after logging in to the library catalogue.

Make a purchase request


Relevant formats for people with Disabilities. Access to information for people with disabilities in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it – as per Disability Service Regulations 2004.

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.

National Simultaneous Story Time

National Simultaneous Story Time is back for its 21st year on Wednesday 19 May. Join us as we blast off into space.

Every year a picture book, written by an Australian author is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places across Australia.

The book chosen for 2021 is Give me Some Space! written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.

This year is extra special because the book is read by the astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station.

Watch the broadcast of  Dr Shannon Walker reading from space.

Get involved – Monday 17 May to Saturday 22 May

Come along to Story Time at Duncraig, Whitford and Woodvale Libraries to listen to the story and then watch the broadcast from space. All sessions begin at 10.00am.

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


Can’t make it to Story Time?

You can enjoy Story Time at home, at any time with Story Box Library. Your library membership gives you access to hundreds of free story books for children read as a story time presentation.

You can also check out storytimefromspace and watch Astronauts on board the International Space Station conducting science experiments and reading space-themed stories.

Books by Design

Books by Design is a fresh approach aimed at offering customers a new and exciting way of selecting books of interest.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team at the City of Joondalup Libraries will design and curate topical and popular collections, presenting them in a convenient and attractive manner.

If you’re short on time, then browse the themed Book Bundles range for junior to adult readers.

Whether you choose to grab one of our Book Bundles and go, or take your time to browse our Curated Collections, we’ll have something of interest for young and old.

This new concept is now available at all City of Joondalup Libraries and is a fabulous way to discover something new and different on your reading journey.


Lego® Club

Challenge, create, construct. Join in the fun of creative Lego® play. Each week there will be a different theme to inspire the creativeness in every builder.

Get involved

  • Suitable for ages five to twelve
  • Sessions run during school term
  • No bookings are required
  • Cost is $2.00 per child.

Where and when

Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday
Whitford Woodvale Duncraig Joondalup
4.00pm to 5.00pm 4.00pm to 5.00pm 4.00pm to 5.00pm 2.00pm to 3.00pm


  • Understanding of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) concepts
  • Cooperation and social skills are strengthened
  • Problem solving skills are utilised
  • Literacy and fine motor skills are developed
  • Creativity is enhanced.

To keep up to date with Lego® Club and other Library events and programs:

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.


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Joondalup Library


Joondalup Library is one of the busiest public library in Western Australia. Joondalup Library opened its doors in 1997 as part of a civic and administration centre. Since then it has been proudly serving Joondalup’s community, providing access to meeting rooms, technology and a vast range of books, DVDs, CDs and other formats, just to name a few.

Reference collection

Located on the lower ground floor within the Joondalup Library, the Reference area houses a large collection suitable for students and researchers of all ages.

Local History collection

Joondalup Library houses the purpose-built Local History areas on the lower ground floor.

Facilities and services



Library opening times

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.

View Library COVID-19 information.

Operating Hours

Joondalup Duncraig Whitford Woodvale Local History
Monday 9.00am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm  9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm  9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm 9.30am – 7.00pm  9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm 9.30am – 6.00pm  9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm 9.30am – 1.00pm 9.30am – 1.00pm 9.30am – 1.00pm 9.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday 1.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed Closed Closed

2022 public holiday library closures

  • Easter
    • closed Friday 15 April
    • open Saturday 16 April
    • closed Sunday 17 April
    • closed Monday 18 April
    • reopening Tuesday 19 April 
  • Anzac Day closed Monday 25 April – reopening Tuesday 26 April 
  • Western Australia Day closed Monday 6 June – reopening Tuesday 7 June
  • Queen’s Birthday closed Monday 26 September – reopening Tuesday 27 September 

Items on loan can be returned through the after-hours chutes and/or renewed online according to borrowing conditions.

Your 24/7 library

For your convenience there is 24/7 access to the Library catalogue where you can join, browse, renew and reserve items. You can also download from thousands of digital titles such as eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines or stream films.

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 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:

Learn computer coding


CoderDojo is a volunteer led, worldwide movement running free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people. Come along to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and much more. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun and sociable experience.

  • Learn from others and provide peer support
  • Develop 21st century computer skills
  • HTML, Scratch, Python programming
  • Improve your skills in the language of code
  • Suitable for ages seven to 17.

Get involved

  • Sessions run 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Sessions held during school term
  • No bookings are required and sessions are free. Due to social distancing requirements, attendees will be limited to 25 ninjas at each session.


Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, it is recommended that students bring their own laptops.


Day Library
Monday Whitford
Wednesday Joondalup


To keep up to date with CoderDojo and other Library events and programs:

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.


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

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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Emerge Stronger – Digital Helpline

Helping you navigate access to online services

Many businesses, organisations and services that are normally accessed in person have changed the way they interact with you, their customer. The City of Joondalup understands some residents will be new to using technology, searching the internet and doing things online like shopping or communicating with family. To assist our residents, the City of Joondalup has established a team of people ready to help with your questions about how to get online.

What is the digital helpline?

If you are a novice and need general help, give the City a call or email for assistance. The Digital Helpline is manned between 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Call 9400 4183 or email.

City of Joondalup staff can help you with:

Signing up to Libraries

 Instant messaging

  • How to send a Text Message/SMS on Apple or Android phones
  • How to send and receive an email
  • How to use WhatsApp
  • How to use Messenger

Social Media

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat

Face to Face Video links

  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Getting setup for video calling NOTE: please call 9400 4183 for a booking.

Online Shopping

  • Woolworths
  • IGA priority shop

Register with specialist agencies

  • MyGov
  • Centrelink
  • Healthdirect

Online banking

The City can talk you through the general process and how to set this up with your financial institution.

  • Banking

Are you ready to connect?

  • Do you have an internet connection or Wifi?
  • Do you have a device, such as mobile phone, iPad, laptop, home computer?

YAAS! – Young Adult Art Space

Young Artists are invited to showcase their work at the new City of Joondalup Libraries – Whitford Young Adult Art Space.

If you are a young artist (12 – 18 years old) who lives or goes to school in the City of Joondalup, or an art teacher who would like to showcase your students’ work, YAAS is for you. 

Artworks will be displayed for up to two months and can be submitted by the artist or their teacher.

Guidelines and Submission form are available below.

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, support your child to learn a second language or to improve early literacy and numeracy.


These databases and research subscriptions can assist you with your genealogy research, general history questions, antique enquiries and world history homework.

Newspapers and magazines

Browse millions of newspapers and magazines on every imaginable topic. Read The West Australian daily with the full-text online version or get expert, unbiased product advice on thousands of consumer products from Choice magazine online. Only available with your library login.

Online learning


Learn another language, choose from over 100 languages for beginners to advanced speakers via Transparent Languages Online. Learn English in preparation for the International English Language Testing system exam with Road to IELTS.

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

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, photos and the opportunity to record an oral history with John Lockwood.

Does your family have links to the early settlement of Joondalup, especially prior to 1950? 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 school memorabilia
  • Annual reports
  • Council documents and minutes
  • Community News articles
  • Stories and suburb history.

Ask a librarian

  • Need help with your research question? Have a question that you can't find the answer to? We can help!

    Staff will endeavour to respond to your research enquiry within 2 working days.

    For general enquiries check out our other pages:

Local history for schools

Resources in the library

Local History, located on the lower ground floor at Joondalup Library, has a range of resources including photographs, oral history interviews, newspapers and other material documenting how the local area has changed over time, suitable for use by teachers to support the HASS curriculum.

Resources to borrow

Using their school’s Institutional Bulk Loan Membership, teachers can borrow the Investigating Joondalup’s Past School Resources Kits. Each kit contains:

  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Oral history excerpts
  • Stories from the Suburbs booklets which document the history of each suburb.

To assist teachers with meeting outcomes in the primary history curriculum the Local History staff have developed the resource My Learning Journal which is available for loan on USB. This is relevant for years two to five, and topics covered include:

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?
  • How has the community changed?
  • Which environmental features have been lost and which have been retained?
  • What contribution has been made by different groups and individuals in the community?
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

School tours and activities

School groups are welcome to participate in curriculum-linked activities as part of a Civic Centre and Library tour. Teachers and home-schoolers are welcome to contact Reference and Local History staff to organise library visits for students wishing to undertake research.

Year 12 ATAR Geography students can access resources and information supporting a Unit 3 case study focussing on the Ocean Reef Marina site and adjacent coastal areas.

Family and Local History events

Local History hosts events during the year to help customers understand and improve their family history research skills:

Genie Exchange

Experienced volunteers provide research support and advice to participants seeking assistance to develop their family history.

Sessions are held at:

  • Joondalup Library, Local History – Fridays, 9.30am – 12.00noon
  • Woodvale Library – Tuesdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Events relating to family history research, the use of DNA in genealogy and local history may be programmed throughout the year. To keep up to date with Local and Family History events:

Family and local history newsletter

Local History publishes a quarterly Family and Local History newsletter filled with informative articles about the local area, and information, tips and hints to help with your family history research.

Printed copies of the latest edition can be picked up from any City of Joondalup Library and the publication is advertised in the Libraries’ Newsletter.








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.


  • 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 and only run during school term.

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

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

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:

Story Time

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


  • 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
Woodvale Whitford Whitford
(STEAMing into 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.

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

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.


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 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

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.

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.


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: so you won’t miss any eNewsletters or important notices.

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

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.


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.

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.


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

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

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.

To keep up to date with library events:

Library meeting rooms

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

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

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

Available to book on weekends during library opening hours.

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.


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.

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.

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


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

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

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.



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


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.


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.


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:

School holiday activities

City of Joondalup Libraries host events for children every school holidays. The sessions are fun, interactive and educational. A variety of presenters and creative sessions are included.

Events are suitable for children aged five to 12 years. Each event costs $4.00 and must be paid online. Bookings are essential and open two weeks before the start of the holidays. Bookings can be made direct on the City’s events calendar or by calling the Library.

Book July 2022 activities

To keep up to date with school holiday activities and other library events:

Promote a community group

Joondalup Libraries support the local community and encourage schools and not-for-profit community groups to promote their services and programs.

Library displays

Displays are an excellent opportunity to showcase student work, promote your community group to encourage new members, educate and inform about your services and programs. Bookings are required at least two months in advance to allow for the scheduling of space and equipment. Please contact your local library.

Community information

Libraries provide community information boards for posters and brochures about local groups. Information must be of a not-for-profit nature. View our Community Information and Display Guidelines for eligibility. Contact the Community Information Officer to discuss your material.

Community directory

The City’s Community Directory is a great source of local information and your community group may be eligible for a listing. Your events may also be eligible for promotion in the City’s Event Calendar. Registration forms for both services are available under Related Services.

Events for children

The Joondalup libraries offer events for children all year round. These events are designed to be fun and educational.

Literacy events


To keep up to date with Library events:

Community events calendar

The City’s event calendar details events delivered by the local community as well as events run by the City of Joondalup.

You are able to browse by list or calendar view and tailor your search to specific categories. You can book and pay for most City run events online. Stay up to date with what’s on.

Please note: For City of Joondalup events, refunds will not be issued if you are unable to attend an event.

Browse the calendar


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

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.