Lane Cove Council is Promoting Street Libraries

A Street Library is where people share, leave and take books (for free).  It is a place where you meet fellow book lovers.  It’s also a way to ensure books are reused and recycled.

The Street Library movement has been gathering momentum for a while.  A not for profit organisation called Street Library has created a register of street libraries.

One Lane Cove street library is registered on their list.  It is located in Longueville on the corner of Stewart and Dettmann Avenue.  Find out more here.  It is lovingly nicknamed the Tardis (you can see from our cover photo why this is an appropriate name).

Another “street library” is located in Nibu Café.  Nibu Café is located in the Village Shopping Centre.  This street library was created by Lane Cove local Em Patterson.

Lane Cove Council has installed two street libraries in Lane Cove.  You can find these Council-initiated libraries at Yorks Corner, Riverview and Helen Street Reserve, Lane Cove North.

These mini wooden houses hold books that you are able to donate, borrow and/or swap. And it’s free! There are no associated fees or memberships to use Street Libraries. The Libraries aim to celebrate a sense of community, create opportunities for neighbourly connection and encourage literacy skills.

Each Street Libraries have a local Custodian who will be the local hero and caretaker of a designated Library. They are responsible for promoting the Library to the local community, keeping the Library clean and tidy, and communicating any issues to the Council representative. Council provides and maintains all functional equipment, initial book stocking.

To suggest a future location or become a local supporter who helps to monitor the libraries, email

Street Libraries – Artist Call Out

Lane Cove Council will be expanding its street library presence with another four street libraries.  They are currently seeking four original, colourful and appropriate designs. The project is open to artists who reside in the Lane Cove area and greater Sydney.

The Street Libraries Project encourages the community to donate, swap and borrow books from mini wooden houses located within community parks and streets. By decorating with painted artworks, the Libraries enliven the local streetscape, raising awareness of the Libraries and reducing the likelihood of vandalism.

Designs need to:

  • Be original, colourful, appropriate for public display and engage with a literary theme and/or convey a sense of the local area.
  • Replicate the dimensions of each Street Library: 56cm (h) x 53cm (w) x 36cm (d)
  • The artwork must cover all exterior sides of the Library and any text must be minimal. The interior of the Library must also be painted in a light neutral colour.
  • Consideration must be given to a circular area of approximately 10cm diameter which will be covered by a Love Where You Read sticker by Lane Cove Council.
  • To reduce the likelihood of graffiti tagging occurring, designs must only have small areas of block colour.
  • Designs can be an original artwork previously developed by the artist provided that Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights remain with the artist.
  • The design proposal will engage with a literary theme and/or convey a sense of the local area.

For more information and details on how to make a submission please view the Full Artist Brief.

Completed submissions are due by Monday 28 January 2019 with artworks to be completed in February 2019.

Do you know of any other street libraries in Lane Cove? Would you use a street library?


The Nibu Crew in front of the Street LIbrary wearing aprons that are made from the same material as first-class QANTAS seats – read more here.

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