We have produced a wide range of 'LibGuides' to assist clients with using our services, finding materials in our various collections, and practical how-to information.
Copies of all 'LibGuides' are available for download and printing.
Your gateway to genealogical and historical research, with more than 3 billion names in over 6,000 databases. Available FREE at Cairns Libraries from all public access computers.
A guide to birth, death and marriage records held by Cairns Libraries, City branch.
The British Newspaper Archives allows you to search over 200 newspaper titles from the 18th to 20th centuries – with nearly 4.7 million digitised pages, and millions more to come.
A guide on how to access newspapers online including the Cairns Post.
A guide to convict records held by our City branch.
A guide to immigration and shipping records available at our Libraries.
A guide to Indigenous family history resources available at our City branch.
Trace your family tree
The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (National Library of Australia) started digitising newspapers in July 2007 with the aim of scanning just over 4 million pages over 4 years.
There are public access computers available at all Cairns Libraries. They are free of charge to all library members. Visitors may use the computers at a charge.
To Print at the City, Smithfield, Earlville and Manunda libraries you will need your library card.
You can reserve up to fifteen (15) items that are out on loan or at another library by using our catalogue either in the library or at home.
The catalogue allows you to search items available from all Cairns Libraries’ branches, tells you which collection they belong to, whether they are currently on loan, the number of copies held and where they are located.
Library Elf is a personal email reminder service that lets you keep track of what’s due, overdue and ready for pickup.
You can print to our library printers remotely using your personal computer/laptop or your portable smart device (Apple or Android smartphone or tablet).
How to access Technology Training
Library membership is free to Queensland residents upon proof of 50 points of identification (such as a driver’s licence, rates notice, health card, Medicare card). If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must show these.
You may borrow up to thirty (30) items at a time for three (3) weeks at all Cairns Libraries provided you or your family members have no overdue items or outstanding charges.
Cairns Libraries subscribes to a number of useful databases, including self-paced computer training, fun children’s learning resources and genealogy databases.
Cairns Libraries provides access to many authoritative, subscription-only databases via the State Library of Queensland on any PC with internet access.
Storytime is a fun way to introduce your child to the fabulous world of books and the welcoming environment of your local library.
A complete guide on using the WiFi at the libraries for both members and guests.
Cairns Libraries now offers a range of eAudiobooks to download for FREE to enjoy on your computer or your portable device such as an iPod or MP3 Player.
We have eMagazines to download for FREE either to your PC or by using the Zinio app for Apple, Android, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire.
Cairns Libraries hold an extensive collection of books, microfilm/microfiche and CD-ROMS to help you research your family history (including Birth, Death and Marriage indexes, The Cairns Post on microfilm) and more!
Enjoy a wide variety of resources including fiction and non-fiction for children and youth, including some in large print format and languages other than English. We also offer Magazines, Music CDs, DVDs, downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks (via the free App, Borrow Box), PC games and talking books in CD & MP3 Playaway format.
Residents who live in the Cairns local government region, may apply to receive a Homebound Library Service.
Cairns Libraries holds a selection of newspapers at each branch, most of which are retained for the previous 7 days. Free access to back issues of most titles is available online via Library Press Display on the State Library of Queensland website.
Mango Languages teaches you practical grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural skills in over 60 languages. Road to IELTS is a preparation and practice course aimed at International English Language Test System (IELTS) candidates, but it is also useful for those preparing for other higher level English language exams.