This section answers all your frequently asked questions about membership, borrowing, requests, services and facilities at our Stirling library branches.

Library cards and membership

Why do I need to show my card to borrow?

Having to show your card is a measure of security, as each person is responsible for the items borrowed on their card. It prevents other people from giving your name and address when taking items out.

Why do I have to show a photographic ID to join the Library?

As the signatory for your library card, we will need your current address, signature and photographic ID as proof. This stops fraudulent use of someone else's membership or identity.

What age do you have to be to join the Library?

There is no age restriction. However, if you are under 18, we would require the details and signature of a parent or guardian.


What can I borrow?

You can borrow up to 20 items at a time, including:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • DVDs

There are no limits on the physical types of items you can borrow—it could be 20 magazines or 20 DVDs if you wish.

Please note, there is a limit of 2 Bolinda e-audio books per person at a time.

Why can I only take out 3 project books per family?

Because children in the same class are often given the same assignment, we try to give them all equal access to the information they need. Therefore, project books are limited to 3 per family.

Can I borrow a book that is on display?

Yes, books and other items are displayed in order to encourage readers to loan them out.

What happens if I lose a book?

Please check your home again very carefully. If you are still sure that you have lost the book, please tell the library staff and you will be sent a tax invoice to replace the item.


Can I request books from other libraries?

Yes, you can request books from any City of Stirling Library. 

How will I be notified that my request has arrived?
There are 2 ways you can be notified when your request is ready for collection:

  • By post (standard postage charges apply)
  • By email—if library staff have your email address

We hold all requested items for 7 days.

If I request a book how long will it take to arrive?

It depends on a number of factors:

  • If the book is out on loan you will be notified when it is returned. Items requested by another borrower cannot be renewed.
  • If the item is available at another library, it will take between 2 to 5 working days to be delivered to the requesting library.
  • If the book is in high demand, we will try to get more copies so that you do not have to wait too long. However, new books take time to acquire and process before they are available for loan.

Services and facilities

Does the library have storytime?

Yes. Go to the Rhymetime and Storytime page for more information.

Does the library have classes on using computers?

We have a great new online resource called 'The Computer School' which offers a range of online tutorials you can use to teach yourself many basic computer skills.

Ask our one of our librarians to show you how to use our online library catalogue and the many electronic resources you can get to through our online databases.

Do the Libraries have public toilets?
Not all libraries have public toilets. Please ask the staff for directions.

Why doesn't the library have a book return chute?
Osborne Library has an after-hours returns chute.

Remember also that you can return your books at any of the 6 libraries in the City of Stirling during opening hours, and there is a library open every day of the week. You can also renew your books by telephone or online.
Visit the Library locations page for information on our 6 locations. 

How much does it cost to use the photocopier?
Photocopier charges are:

  • Black and white—20c per copy.
  • Colour—$2.00 per copy.

Colour copiers are located at all libraries.

Where are the local toy libraries?
A list of current toy libraries can be found on the Community Information Database. You can ask the library staff for assistance in using database.