Your library from home

Parents and children sitting on couch watching video on computer

Our free online resources are available to members with their Willoughby Library card. We've got something for everyone to stay entertained during lockdown!

Join now and then email us at library@willoughby.nsw.gov.au to complete your membership from home, or phone 9777 7900 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).

School holiday fun!

Online quizzes - brought to you by our children's librarian

  • The 91-Storey Treehouse pop quiz - How well do you know the hilarious book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton?
  • Harry Potter pop quiz - Test your knowledge of Harry Potter with this pop quiz based on all 7 Harry Potter books.
  • Little Lunch pop quiz - Stream the first three episodes of the funny Little Lunch TV show (based on the books by Danny Katz and Mitch Vane), or free on Kanopy (you will need an adult’s Willoughby library card to access) then try this quiz to see how much you remember!

Virtual escapes - created by our children’s librarian for the family to enjoy and best viewed on a desktop screen

 Holiday reading

  • eReading for kids - a selection of great eBook and eAudiobook titles you can access for free with your Willoughby library card
  • eReading recommendations - ask our children's librarians for suggestions from our digital collections tailored to a young person's reading interests

Online activities and more!

  • BusyThings - games and learning activities (3-6 years)
  • Kanopy Kids - educational and engaging video streaming content for kids of all ages, including ABC Kids, Australian family movies and more. (you will need an adult’s Willoughby library card to access)
  • Story Box Library - Auslan story reading, Premier's Reading Challenge titles and home activities for Book Week, including Choose Your Own Adventure quizzes and puzzles. (Preschool age)
  • The Ultimate STEM guide for kids - 239 cool sites about science, technology, engineering and maths

Library online events and programs 

Children's Books about COVID-19

Online Bookclub titles

BorrowBox has the following eBooks available as simultaneous loans - borrow a copy for yourself and tell a friend to do the same so you can read along together during lockdown.

  • Sorrow and bliss by Meg Mason
    Spiky, sharp, intriguingly dark and tender, full of pathos, fury and wit. For fans of Sally Rooney, Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Fleabag.
  • Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce
    Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird is a love letter to female friendship, Blitz spirit, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter-writing itself.

IndyReads™ has a range of titles with simultaneous loans. We've put together some recommendations for Book Clubs, so all your members can read the same book together.

Reading for leisure

Digital Newspapers are available. Register your Willoughby Library card details to access PressReader via the State Library eresources page.

Download eAudiobooks, eBooks or eMagazines for leisurely reading. There's a range of titles for all ages across our digital collections.

Need some reading inspiration?

  • Good Reading - The Hub for Book Lovers. Quickly see the latest reviews and popular titles for all ages.
  • Gale Books and Authors - Answer the age-old question, "What do I read next?". Search and match your reading interests to books, authors, genres or topics.

HSC help

HSC resources - free to access, developed by the State Library of NSW

Gale OneFile - Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline or date. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers.

Bored Of Studies - Australia's largest student community. Access HSC notes, guides and past exam papers.

COVID-19 trusted information

NSW Health: latest updates for the community and businesses

Translated information: NSW Health COVID-19 resources available in other languages

COVID-19 Vaccine information: Australian Government Department of Health - information about COVID-19 vaccines translated into multiple languages

SBS: COVID-19 information in your language

Beyond Blue: Mental health and wellbeing support services during the COVID-19 outbreak

Learn new skills

Learn a language

Mango Languages has over 70 languages to choose from: Turkish, Finnish, Shakespearean English.. even Pirate - Shiver me timbers!

Research your family history

For a limited time, library members can access Ancestry® Library Edition remotely:

  • Log in to the library catalogue with your Willoughby Library membership details
  • Once logged in, you will be directed to the user dashboard, from here click Home on the top left to return to the main page
  • On the right hand side, under Digital Collections, is a link to Ancestry
  • This link is only available while you are logged in, and is available until 31 December 2021

Learn new technology skills

Tech Savvy Seniors videos are available. Topics include Smart Phones, Internet & cyber security, and Emails.

Discover Willoughby

Listen to our local oral histories. Search for 'Oral history' in the catalogue.

Check out our Picture Willoughby Photo Editing Competition. The annual Picture Willoughby outdoor exhibition showcases new digital artworks featuring iconic images of Willoughby City from the library's Picture Willoughby photo archive, a collection of 9000 images from the 1890s to present day. 

Listen to a podcast series produced by Willoughby Council Sustainability Team that inspire us how to live a more sustainable life.

Enjoy free access to the NSW State Archives webinars during August.

Online Library Events and Programs

Check out our Events and Programs.

Subscribe to our enewsletter for updates on our Library services and programs.

For an extensive list of our collections visit our Digital Library.