Richmond Tweed Regional Library


Keeping you up to date with the latest news and events at your local library


Keeping you up to date with the latest news and events at your local library

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Library News

Thursday 27 June 2024

New library fees and charges begin 1 July 2024

As a public library serving the community, we strive to keep our fees and charges as affordable as possible. While our goal is to minimise costs, like any other business or service, we are impacted by increasing expenses. While some funding is provided by the NSW State Government, the majority of our funding comes from the local councils in the areas we serve - Lismore, Ballina, Byron, and Tweed.

The Richmond Tweed Regional Library (RTRL) Committee, consisting of two Councillors from each member council, has approved the 2024-25 RTRL Fees and Charges. As the Executive Council of RTRL, Lismore City Council has adopted these fees and charges to go into effect from 1 July 2024.

We remain dedicated to providing high-quality library services at an affordable price. Our core services as set out in the Library Act 1939 are always free. You can still borrow any book from our shelves at no cost, download ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines for free, use our computers and wi-fi without charge, attend various free programs and events, access homework help services, and utilise our collections for research purposes. Our staff are always available to assist you in any way possible to help you connect, discover, and escape at your local library.
Media contact
Craig Yarrow
Acting Business Manager
Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6625 5100

The new Fees and Charges can be viewed at

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Byron Bay Library closed from midday Wednesday 10 July 2024 for essential staff training.

The library reopens as usual on Thursday 11 July. Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby libraries will be open during the closure, and the online library is available all day, every day.  


Stacey Shepherd,
Byron Area Librarian, Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6685 8540

Monday 20 May 2024

The reservation hold period is changing

The period we hold your reservations for will change from 10 days to 7 days at our static branches, and 15 days on the Mobile library—effective Monday 1 July 2024. Reducing the hold period will see items spend more time available or on loan, rather than waiting for collection. A new reminder message will be sent if your reservation isn’t collected within 4 days. This will only be available if you have email set as your notification method. Please speak with library staff if you need to update your alerts.
Business Manager,
Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6625 5100

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Statement from the NSW State Librarian, Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon

You may have seen Cumberland Shire Libraries in the media, read the statement from the NSW State Librarian at

UPDATE 14 June 2024 Airconditioning works are now complete. Thank you for your patience.
Tuesday 14 May 2024

Air conditioning replacement at Ballina Library

The air conditioning at Ballina Library is being replaced between now and 16 June. You may notice a few things in the library, like the current air conditioner not in operation and extra noise at times. We’re doing our best to minimise the impact on visitors and appreciate your patience during this time. We’re open as usual, as are our libraries in Alstonville and Lennox Head. The online library is available 24/7.
Media contact: Jackie Birch
Acting Ballina Area Librarian, Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6686 2831

Tuesday 12 September 2023

Celebrating 50 years of Richmond Tweed Regional Library

On 5 November 1973, Lismore City Council and Ballina Shire Council agreed to a joint provision of library services across our region—and Richmond Tweed Regional Library (RTRL) was born. It wasn’t long after, that Tweed, Byron, and Mullumbimby Councils joined the successful model which went on to become one of the largest regional library services in NSW. Our libraries currently provide access to knowledge, information, and entertainment to more than 200,000 Northern Rivers residents through its 12 static branches and a mobile library.

Regional Library Manager, Lucy Kinsley said, “Over the years, the face of the library has transformed. Buildings have changed and staff have come and gone, having provided their own unique and invaluable contribution to this essential public service. Libraries are bustling, dynamic community meeting places, open to everyone. They’re filled with progressive minds and exciting opportunities. The success of our regional library service is due to the staff and the community.”

Lucy Kinsley also said, “In 2023, we say thank you to our supportive Councils, library users, communities, and staff. It’s the perfect time to visit your local library and help us celebrate by sharing your library experience.”

RTRL staff and family—past and present—are invited to express their interest in attending an official celebration in Ballina on Sunday 12 November 2023. Please email and more information will be provided. When posting your library memories to social media, please tag the library and use the hashtag #RTRL50.
Media contact:Brenda Gradwell
Business Manager, Richmond Tweed Regional Library
02 6625 5100

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