Library services and collections for Children & Youth

NSW Premiers Reading Challenge

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It's not a competition as such, but a challenge to each student to read, to read more, and to read more widely. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is open to all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 10, in government, independent, Catholic, and home schools.

The 2023 challenge has now closed for student entries.

Learn to Read

The library has special collections of home readers to borrow or download. more

The Readings Childrens Book Prize

The Readings Prize continues to support new and outstanding Australian voices across three separate categories of fiction—Children’s, Young Adult, and New Australian. The Readings Prize is unique in the Australian literary landscape being the only prize currently run by an independent Melbourne bookshop and supporting emerging local voices. It's also a great place to find your next great read! more

Ebooks & Eaudiobooks

Download free eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library more

KOALA Awards

Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. You can join in too, by reading, nominating, and voting for your favourite books in K.O.A.L.A. (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards). You will help give recognition to the authors and books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened, and engaged you! It's also a great place to find your next great read! more

CBCA Book of the Year Awards

The annual CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) Book of the Year Awards are Australia's premiere children's book awards. It's also a great place to find your next great read! more