Digital Downloads Goes Live

Sutherland Shire Libraries now offers members digital media for download. Our collection currently includes audiobooks and e-books that you can download to your PC, MP3 player or burn to CD and we may include music and video in the future.

The official launch is coming up on Friday 7 November at 11.00am at Sutherland Library but we are allowing you to try out the service now so we can iron out any bugs. Please let us know if you have problems accessing the downloads site by sending an email to

First Look at RFID

RFID is now up and running at Caringbah and Engadine Libraries.

The aim of RFID is to make tracking materials easier and to free up Library staff to provide more services and events, which means less time performing manual tasks. To that end, as each branch gets RFID you will be encouraged to collect your own reserves from open hold shelves and check out your own books.

Of course there will always be staff available to answer your questions and provide assistance when required.

You can see how easy the self service stations are to use in this short video.

RFID @ Sutherland Shire Libraries from Sutherland Shire Libraries on Vimeo.

1st Time Novelist wins 2008 Man Booker Prize

Cover: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Indian writer Aravind Adiga's first novel, The White Tiger, was announced the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Born in a village in heartland India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coals and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape - of breaking away from the banks of Mother Ganga, into whose depths have seeped the remains of a hundred generations.

The White Tiger is a tale of two Indias. Balram’s journey from darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.
Man Booker Prize web site
The White Tiger was one of six shortlisted titles for the prize. Also shortlisted for this year's prize were:
  1. Cover: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian BarryThe Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
  2. Cover: Sea of Poppies by Amitav GhoshSea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
  3. Cover: The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda GrantThe Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
  4. Cover: The Northern Clemency by Philip HensherThe Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
  5. Cover: A fraction of the Whole by Steve ToltzA Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

HSC Countdown 2008

Feeling stressed? Stop worrying, Sutherland Shire Libraries have a lot to offer HSC students.

Study guides from Excel, Macquarie, Get Smart and Top Notes on a wide range of HSC subjects and English prescribed texts; Board of Studies Student Answers; past examination papers and other support material are available either for loan or for use in the reference libraries.

You don’t even have to leave home to access great resources! Look at the links available on the For HSC Students page.

Need some outside help? With your Sutherland Shire library card you can take advantage of Yourtutor. A free online tutoring service for students in years 4-12, from Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm. Yourtutor connects library members with expert tutors for live,
one-to-one individual learning sessions via the Internet. Subjects include Maths, English, Science, Assignment Research and Study Skills.

The quiet Reference areas at Sutherland and branch libraries make ideal places for individual study and the Sutherland Reference Library provides free lockers for bags. Please note, however, some libraries will be closed for renovations