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Private Lending Libraries

These private lending libraries are run by passionate women who love books and want to share their book collections with others in their community. These libraries often carry books that are not found in public libraries. Some libraries will have a fee to join or other requirements for lending. We encourage you to find out if you have a private lending library in your area!


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Interested in starting a lending library? The Card Catalog at Plumfield and Paideia is a wonderful resource. Learn more

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New South Wales

The Book House
Abermain, NSW
Australia

Contact: Cathy McKay, cathy@livingbookhouse.com

Subscription details are on the website. Application forms available online to join the waiting list.


Wattle Gum Library
Clarence Valley, NSW
Australia

Contact: Erin Hassett, erin@sevenlittleaustralians.com

Over 10,000 books, quality living books, rare Australian titles, children’s fiction and picture books, retro and modern books. Open 3rd Monday of the month. 10am-2pm. We operate via in person only. We host Book Clubs and Parent Workshops. Yearly Membership $50


Queensland

Lilyvale Library
Lilyvale, QLD
Australia

Contact: Ainsley Smith, Scottandainsley@gmail.com

Open 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 1-5pm. $100 annual membership.


Victoria

Living Books Libraries - Geelong Network
Geelong, VIC
Australia

Contact: Lucila, livingbookslibraries@gmail com

Local network of catalogues, specialising in hard-to-find Australian children's literature, amd Ambleside Online curriculum choices. $20 annual fee, plus pay per loan. 6 week loan period, renewals available.



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