Inner West Council


The following collections and services are available. Please ask for help if you cannot find the items or information you require.

Fiction is arranged on the shelf in alphabetical order by the first four letters of the author's surname. Paperback novels are shelved in categories on stands. The new library also has allocated genre rooms for your convenience. These rooms include Romance, Australian, Scifi/Fantasy, and Crime.

Non fiction is arranged by subject according to the Dewey Decimal Classification. The new library also features non-fiction genre rooms. Genre rooms include 'Graphic Novels' 'Lifestyle' and 'Mind and Body'. 

CD's are available. They are arranged into Popular, Rock, Jazz, Classical, World, Youth and Children's categories.

DVD's are available for loan. They are arranged in categories such as Movies, Children's, Hobbies, Health, Travel, Music, Language and Computers.

Magazines in English and other community languages are available.

Reference (not for loan) - these items are available for use in the library only. These include: encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, atlases, etc; LIAC, and a collection of books.

Drug info @ your library Di@yl provides up to date information about alcohol and drugs on this website and through local public libraries in New South Wales.
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The Local History Collection includes books, maps, newspaper cuttings, Council publications, etc relating to the Ashfield Municipality. Other records include the Sands Directory held at Ashfield.

A Community language collection of adult books is available in Chinese, Italian, and Gujarati. Other languages are available upon request via Inter Library Loan from the State Library of NSW. Find Community languages holdings by library or language here.

Children’s and Youth Collections

The Library provides books, CD's, DVD's and Toys for children including novels, picture books and non fiction books, as well as a collection of books and periodicals to assist parents.
Books are in alphabetical order by authors surname and broken down into the following collections.

Picture Books and Board Books: Board and picture books for mother and child to share together.

Readers: Simple readers perfect for those learning to read.

Junior Graphic Novels: Short  graphics novels to build reading confidence. Great classic titles such as TinTin and Spiderman as well as a whole range of new titles!

Junior Fiction: Fiction books and audio books. A great mix of modern and classic!

Yong Adult Collection:  Fiction & non-fiction books, magazines, graphic novels to support life skill development and broaden the mind.

Parenting: Orange Label A collection of books, magazines and AV material that are designed as tools for parenting. Majority of collection located in kid's room at Ashfield Library.

Toys This collection is located at Haberfield Library. Please note that parents/caregivers should be present at all times when children are using toys and that this collection is designed to be used under strict supervision by the parent/caregiver. Please take the time to make toy selections that are age appropriate for your child.