Join the Library

How to join the library

  • Membership is free.
  • Residents and non-residents of Lake Macquarie can join.
  • Access all of our collections and services with one card by completing the Online Application Form or visit any Lake Mac Libraries' branch.
  • Bring along identification with your name and current address to complete your application.
  • Under 16? Ask a parent of legal guardian to come with your and make sure they bring identification.

Join online


  • You can borrow up to 40 items.
  • Loan periods are four weeks for most items, or two weeks for popular items such as new titles, magazines, DVDs and CDs.
  • Items can be borrowed from and returned to any Lake Mac Libraries' branch.
  • Items can be reserved for free.
  • You can manage your Library account online.
  • After hours return chutes are available at Belmont, Charlestown, Toronto, Speers Point, Cardiff, Morisset and Wangi Wangi Libraries.

Fees and charges

  • View all Lake Mac Libraries' fees and charges.
  • Overdue fees are charged per item per day (from the 8th day after the due date).
  • Maximum overdue fee per item is $10.00.
  • No fees applies for juniors, institutions or Home Library.
  • Lake Mac Libraries will consider a reduction in late fees up to a maximum 50% for customers in circumstances of hardship. All requests must be received in writing, supporting documentation may be requested.
  • Depending upon the balance of outstanding fees, borrowing privileges may be withdrawn.
  • If you have any questions about our fees and charges please contact your local branch or email