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Cook Shire Libraries

Join your local library today to access a world of education and imagination! Cook Shire has libraries at Cooktown, Bloomfield, Lakeland, Laura and Coen. Our libraries stock magazines, CDs, DVDs, large print books, audiobooks, books in other languages, language learning kits, and an extensive range of adult and junior fiction and non-fiction books.

Library Services

  • Computers - charges apply for printing. 
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Photocopying and laminating
  • Children's activities such as storytelling and craft
  • Community language materials
  • Reference services
  • Inter-library loans
  • Local history collections
  • Community information
  • Library tours for community groups and schools
  • LOTE (languages other than English) and dual text items are available on request
  • E-resources
All our libraries offer free WiFi - ask our friendly librarians how you can login. 
Other facilities include an inter-library loan service, allowing access to the collections of the Queensland State Library and other libraries around Australia, and photocopying and reading areas where tea and coffee is on offer. Click here to access the online library catalogue.


Your library card can unlock a world of information and entertainment - including e-books, magazines and movies - with our range of e-resources.

QLDLibraries app

Download the QLDLibraries app to access library services from your phone, including searching the catalogue, reserving books, DVDs and more, downloading e-books and audiobooks and managing your loans and reservations. Download the app via Google Play or the App Store then sign in with your library card or join online. Click here for more information.

State Library resources

One Search uses the Ex Libris Primo system to provide access to all of State Library's collections. It allows searching across collections and across numerous online resources at the same time. You can add your own tags to the records of any State Library resources, as well as saving your favourite records and searches. Visit the State Library's website for more information on how to access the database.

Ebooks and digital publications

There are thousands of ebooks in the State and Rural libraries collection. You can read e-books online using an internet browser, download them to your mobile device and print or copy pages. Visit the State Library's website for information on accessing their ebook collection or visit the Rural Libraries website to access their ebook collection.


Story Box Library is an online platform of narrated ebooks for children with interactive storytelling features. Content is mainly by Australian and New Zealand authors and narrators. Activity sheets accompanying the stories are useful for home use and library programs. Visit the site. 

Borrow Box

Borrowbox includes many of the latest Australian titles as ebooks and e-audiobooks. Library members can download up to 4 titles every 14 days. Find out more.


OverDrive e-audiobooks are accessed via the Queensland Regional OverDrive Consortium (QROC) and include the latest fiction and popular titles. Library members can borrow up to 10 titles at a time. Find out more.


Freegal Music is an online music service for downloadable and streamed music free to any digital device. New songs are added each week. Library members can:

  • Download up to five (5) songs to keep each week
  • Stream eight (8) hours of music every day (songs not music videos) and create playlists for easy streaming

Find out more. 

For more details

For a full list of e-resources available through the State Library of Queensland, visit their website. For a full list of e-resources available through the Rural Library of Queensland, visit their website.


Library membership is free for permanent residents of Cook Shire. 

Becoming a member is easy - simply fill out a membership form, visit your local library and provide two forms of identification that show a local residential address. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian will need to sign for you. If you are not a permanent resident, we also offer tourist memberships.

Fees and Charges

Click here to view the Library Fees and Charges.

Contacts and hours

Library name Opening hours

Contact details

Bloomfield Library

Wed: 9am-12pm and 12.30pm-3.30pm

(closed 12-12.30pm for lunch)

Sat: 9 am to 12 noon

(New hours coming February 2024)

Ph:  4060 8342


Address: 24 Third Street, Ayton

Coen Library

Fortnightly on Mondays: 2-4pm

Ph: 4069 5009


Address: JS Love Building, Coen

Cooktown Library

Mon to Fri: 10 am to 5 pm

(closed between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm)

Sat: 9am to 12.30pm

Ph:  4069 5009


Address: 33 Helen Street, Cooktown

Lakeland Library

Fortnightly on Tuesdays: 10am-4pm
Every Wednesday: 2-5 pm

Ph: 4069 5009


Address: Lakeland Community Hall

Laura Library

The second Monday of every month
10.30am - 3.30pm 


Address: Laura Town Hall 

Cook Shire Libraries receive financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland. 

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday