Nourish your love of reading while relaxing in our modern library overlooking beautiful lagoons. Discover local, genealogical and North Queensland military history whilst browsing unique Heritage Collections. Free computer and Wi-Fi access and a travellers library via Tourist Cards are among the many services provided for your convenience.


The Collections held by Hinchinbrook Shire Library service include:

  • Print material
  • Fiction and non-fiction books suitable for all ages
  • Large Print fiction and non-fiction for vision impaired readers
  • Newspapers are delivered daily for reading within the library
  • Magazines on topics ranging from science to fishing; gardening and home decorating to finance; politics to parenting
  • Community Language collection – books in languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Catalogue
  • E-Resources
  • Online Databases – subjects include Art, Music, Science, Health, Humanities, Newspapers, Reading, Law, Literature and Encyclopedias
  • Talking Books for vision impaired readers
  • DVDs and CDs
  • Ancestry – Library Edition
  • Special Collections (link to Heritage/Culture page)
  • Local History Collection – a collection of files, books, newspapers and photographs relating to the history of the Hinchinbrook region.
  • Kennedy Regiment Library – A collection of files, objects, books, military records and manuals, serials and photographs concerning the history of the 31st, 2/31st and 31/51st Battalions


Access a variety of eBooks, eMagazines and Music – all free for members of the Hinchinbrook Shire Library. eBooks can also be borrowed through the library’s online catalogue. Click on the Search tab of the online catalogue. Click on the eplatform link at the bottom of the screen, sign in using your library login (ask the library staff for your login details if you are unsure) and begin browsing and borrowing the ebook collection.

Alternatively, click on the links below for access to free eResources. New to ebooks? Read this guide to learn how to get started with borrowing ebooks through the Hinchinbrook Shire Library. For any questions or issues with installation, please see a staff member at the library.

Bolinda digital eAudiobooks

Borrow Box app (for iOS devices)

Clue Detective Agency

Freegal Music

OneClick Digital unabridged eAudiobooks

QROC – Queensland Regional OverDrive Consortium


Wheelers eBooks

Zinio eMagazines


Instantly access (24/7), a powerful database that provides a direct, secure link, to more than 6,000 Technology Tutorials, offering – immediate, quick-lesson education. Access easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions covering an extensive and varied range of “How do I?” learning topics.

As a library member you will have full access to – Technology Training Directory. Click on the Computer School logo below, enter your library borrower number (the barcode from your library card), and click the Submit button.

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Inter-Library Loan Service

The Inter-Library Loan Service obtains material for members that are not available from Hinchinbrook Libraries or the RLQ catalogue. Before requesting an Inter-Library Loan, please check our online catalogue to make sure that the item required is not available through the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) network.

  • A staff member at any of our branches will record your request for an Inter-Library Loan. Alternatively patrons can email a request through to the Library at [email protected]. If using Email please enter clearly in the Subject field of the Email the words “Inter-Library Loan”. Supply as much information as possible in the request. The library staff will pass the information onto the Inter-Library Loans officer who will try to source the item for you.
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Libraries provide Inter-Library Loans free of charge. However some other libraries charge a fee which will be passed on to the patron placing the request.  Staff will contact you prior to processing your request if a fee is applicable.
  • Delivery times cannot be guaranteed and requests may take between 4 – 6 weeks to be supplied. Processing of the request will be assisted by providing full and accurate details.
  • Inter-Library Loan items will have a Due Date that is set by the lending library. Please check your loans receipt carefully.
  • Items borrowed must be returned by the due date. If an extension is required, this must be requested before the due date by contacting your library.
  • Extensions may be granted on Inter-Library Loan items, but this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Photocopied articles and book chapters are yours to keep.
  • Occasionally, when old or rare items are requested, the supplying library will insist that Hinchinbrook Libraries retain the item within the library – in these circumstances you will have to read the material in one of our branches.
  • The library will notify you when the material is ready for collection. Please ensure that your postal address details and contact telephone number are always current and correct in your library membership record.


Membership is free and open to all Hinchinbrook residents. All that is required is photographic proof of ID and residence. Special Tourist Cards are also available, with conditions. Visit the Hinchinbrook Shire Library or Halifax Sub Branch to complete your membership application and collect your library card. A responsible adult (parent or guardian) must sign the enrolment forms for children under 16 years of age.

  • Borrowing – In order to borrow items you must be a member of the library and have your borrower card.
  • Loan period – Items such as Books, Audio Books, Magazines, DVD’s etc may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks.
  • Loan limits – Each member may borrow up to 20 items.
  • Renewals – All items may be renewed online, by telephone, or in person, except if reserved by other borrowers.
  • Overdue items – When an item is due to be returned, a reminder notice is sent by email if an email address has been supplied. NO FINES are charged but your co-operation would be appreciated by all library members. You may renew items through the online catalogue or by phoning 4776 4614.
  • Lost and damaged items – The borrower will be invoiced for the cost of damaged and lost items.
  • Reservations – If an item is out on loan to another borrower, you may place a reservation on it.
  • Inter-Library loans – If the item you require is not held by any library in the RLQ network, we may be able to borrow the item from other libraries through the Inter-Library Loan service, although some loans from other libraries do incur a fee.
  • Collection of reservations – Reserved items and inter-library loans must be collected from the library within 7 days of notification. You will receive a phone call to notify you that your reservation is ready to collect.

Opening Hours

Hinchinbrook Shire Library

73-75 McIlwraith St., Ingham

Open Daily 10.00am – 4.00pm

Afterhours book return 24hrs 7 days

Halifax Sub Branch

15 Macrossan St., Halifax

Monday 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Wednesday 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm

Afterhours book return 24hrs 7 days


As a member of the Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) network – access a catalogue of more than 300,000 items online, at any time of the day or night.

Local library members can access the entire Rural Libraries Queensland (RLQ) catalogue, including bestsellers, audio books, popular DVDs, large print books, magazines, ebooks, and free music downloads. So in effect, we borrow the item from another library so you can borrow it from us.

WebOPAC (Online Catalogue)

  • Search the catalogue
  • Check your loans
  • Renew your loans
  • Reserve library items

State Library Queensland

The State Library of Queensland provides free access to numerous databases for all members of Queensland’s Public Libraries.

For free access –

  1. Register for a QPL account. All you need is your Hinchinbrook Shire Library card and an email address – don’t forget when you are registering to select Hinchinbrook Shire Library as your library!
  2. Once you have successfully set up your QPL account login –
  3. Select a database that suits your information needs
  4. Click
  5. Log on to your QPL account and
  6. Begin searching
  7. Ask the library staff if you require assistance.


Borrow one of the Library’s iPads, laptops or computers for use within the library. ID (photographic ID) must be deposited with staff in exchange for use of the iPads and laptops. With free WiFi connection, the laptops can be used to connect to the Internet, Skype or to use Microsoft Office Suite. Printing can only be done from computers and charges apply. Not available at Halifax Sub Branch.


Free WiFi is available to library patrons with their own laptops or smartphones. WiFi access is available inside or outside the Library building. Hours of WiFi access are 8am – 6pm. Not available at Halifax Sub Branch.

Scanning service

Scanning of documents is available free to library patrons. Please NOTE – The scanned image is retrievable from the Library’s PC’s so a booking should be made to access a PC prior to coming in to scan documents. Not available at Halifax Sub Branch.

Media Booths

Connect to the screens and DVD players located in the media booths or just use them as a study area. Patrons can connect their own laptop to the screens to share their work with others in a group in the comfort of the booths. Not available at Halifax Sub Branch.

Upcoming Events @ the Hinchinbrook Shire Library…

Coding & Robotics Workshops

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Coding Club will pioneer the Robo-Schools Connect program this month with three, 45 minute sessions. The sessions will begin with a basic coding and programming overview and will build on the students knowledge as the weeks progress.

Primary Schools of the Hinchinbrook Shire are invited to participate in upcoming workshops in August 2019. Schools are advised to book their preferences with the Hinchinbrook Shire Library as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you require further information or would like to book a session, please do not hesitate to contact the Hinchinbrook Shire Library on (07) 4776 4614.