Readers & writers

Readers

If you want to get the most from your reading or connect with other passionate readers or writers, we have year-round events, book clubs and resources just for you!

Find your next read

That's what our friendly librarians are for. Contact your local library or email our ask a librarian service and ask us for advice on what might suit your reading interests. We have a huge collection of digital reading material. Our librarians can help you find an ebook or eAudiobook that you can download direct to your device at home.

Our reading websites can also help you search for and discover your next read. See our eLibrary page for help finding new reads similar to those you already enjoy reading, including NoveList Plus and Who Else Writes Like...?

For more information about our eBooks and eAudiobooks, see our eLibrary page.

Never used our digital platforms before? No worries! Our staff can help get you started over the phone or you can follow our setup instructions from our connect with us at home page.

Meet an author

We host touring authors online and in person throughout the year, from household names to famous faces of the future. Keep an eye on our social media channels and events calendar for more information.

Top Reads 2020

Check out these top 20 reads from this year and find out why these were the most borrowed books of 2020.

  1. The last paradise - Di Morrissey
  2. Blue moon - Lee Child
  3. The night fire - Michael Connelly
  4. The godmothers - Monica McInerney
  5. Last survivor - Tony Park
  6. The drover's wife - Leah Purcell
  7. A silent death - Peter May
  8. Westwind - Ian Rankin
  9. The long call - Ann Cleeves
  10. Beyond recall - Gerald Seymour
  11. A minute to midnight - David Baldacci
  12. Lost - James Patterson
  13. Criss cross - James Patterson
  14. The girl in the painting - Tea Cooper
  15. The runner - Stephen Leather
  16. Launch code - Michael Ridpath
  17. The guardians - John Grisham
  18. A madness of sunshine - Nalini Singh
  19. You don't know me - Sara Foster

Writers

Woman checking out book from library

Gold Coast Libraries provides both supportive workspaces and regular workshops for writers. These will help you develop your craft and connect with other writers, whatever stage of your writing career you're at.

We have a range of online activities and resources to help you get more from your writing. Browse our catalogue for useful books and other resources.

Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local

Gold Coast Libraries is excited to be part of the Sydney Writers' Festival - Live & Local project in 2021! One of Australia's best-loved forums for literature, ideas and storytelling, Sydney Writers' Festival will be streaming its headline events from Carriageworks in Sydney direct to select libraries on Friday 30 April, Saturday 1 May and Sunday 2 May.

Prepare to be engaged by conversations, debates and discussions, as the Festival brings some of the world's finest authors and esteemed thinkers to Gold Coast Libraries in real time via digital live-streaming project, Live & Local. As well as hearing new ideas from great thinkers, audiences will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions at each event, sending questions direct to the Sydney stage.

Head to our What's on page for event times, locations and bookings.

Writing Fridays

Gold Coast Libraries and Queensland Writers Centre have teamed up to offer Gold Coast writers a new supportive space to focus on your writing, free of distractions, every week. We're following the lead of the best writers and employing the Pomodoro technique of time management. With a facilitator on hand throughout the day, it's the perfect opportunity to turn your brilliant ideas into great pieces of writing. Join us at Helensvale Library every Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Find out more.

Writers mailing list

Join our writers mailing list and we'll send you occasional emails about our upcoming workshops and events for Gold Coast writers.

Just email your name and email address to us and we'll be in touch!

Book clubs

Connect with other readers through our Facebook page. We share reading recommendations, new releases and author content.

When our services return to normal, you're also invited to join us at one of our many open or community-run book clubs across the city.

Open book clubs

Our open book clubs run across our libraries - share your thoughts and ideas on books you are reading in a friendly and social environment. There's no need to book - just turn up, listen and chat about what you're reading.

Set up your own book club

Want to connect with other local readers and form your own book club? We have lots of tips on creating your own book club.

When you've started your book club, you can access our range of book club kits available for loan. Each kit contains 10 copies of a title for the exclusive use of your book club.

If interested in registering to use our book club kits, please complete the Book Club Registration form available at your local library. Once registered, you can book your kits online using your book club's library membership card.

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