Take a look at just some of the vast range of resources that are offered by your libraries.

Audio Visual

The audio visual collection includes DVDs, CDs, Audio-books/talking books and literacy.


Including popular movies, television shows, documentaries and many others. New titles are added every month, so click here to find out the latest: New Fiction and DVD Titles on Order.


Classical and contemporary music, as well as talking books for both kids and adults.

Community book clubs

Hornsby Shire Council provides a range of kits that will allow everybody in your community book group to be on the same page.

Community languages

A large collection of material in Chinese, including books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs and CDs. Hornsby Library also holds collections of Hindi and Korean books.

If you require books in another language staff can arrange to borrow them from the State Library of New South Wales. For more information please contact your nearest library.

Discovery kits

Hornsby Shire Libraries offer a range of STEAM devices and kits you can use to discover, explore and create.

Drug and alcohol information

There are a range of books and booklets that address issues surrounding drug and alcohol use. These include everything from how to talk to your children about recreational drugs to alcohol guidelines and how to cope with a drinking problem.

Another helpful resource is the State Library of NSW Drug Info website.


eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and high quality databases are all available at your fingertips from anywhere in our eLibrary.

Energy Meters

Would you like to reduce your electricity bill? Hornsby Shire libraries can help you do so with energy meters and Save Power Kits.

Family history

Everything you need to research your ancestry including books, local newspapers, shipping records, nation-wide data from Births, Deaths and Marriages, convict records and much more. Find out more about the Family History collection.

There are also Family History Volunteers who can help with your research, while the Hornsby Shire Family History Group meet once a month, February to December, at Hornsby Central Library Library. Please call 9847 6813 for further details.

Large print

Large-print books for children and adults are available in all libraries, including fiction, non-fiction and biographies.

Legal information

Hornsby Library is part of the Find LEGAL answers network, providing up-to-date legal information. Click here to find out what the library provides. For more information click here.


Literacy resources for adults learning to read and learning to speak English, including graded readers that come with CDs and simplified versions of popular books. These are mainly held at Hornsby library, but can be transferred to any of the Shire’s libraries on request.

Local studies

Hornsby Library has a vast array of local studies resources on Hornsby Shire and the surrounding region including books, photos, newspapers, maps, plans, Council reports and archival material. Search our extensive online local studies database Hornsby Shire Recollects for digitised local studies content.

If you’re looking for detailed statistics a great source is the Australian Bureau of Statistics.