Outback Letterbox Library

Child reading near Darling River

This unique service has been operating since 1977 delivering library materials and services to isolated community members of Far West New South Wales.

Outback Letterbox Library is funded by the Library Council of NSW with the State Library of NSW.


Outback Letterbox Library Service offers free delivery, including return, of library materials. It covers an area approximately 238,000 square kilometres, reaching South Australian, Victorian and Queensland borders.


You can join online or in person.



The borrowing period is six weeks, you can renew items twice if no one else has requested the item. Membership includes all online resources such as eBooks and research databases.

All Outback Letterbox Library members are welcome to visit the library to select their own items and participate in all programs.

In a 2017 ABC article one member said -

"Having a bag of books is like Christmas every six weeks!"

Outback Letterbox Library timeline

1. Your selected books are packaged and delivered by post in our specially designed green sturdy bags.
2. You have them for a period of 6 weeks. Included in the pack is a selection form for the next items you want to borrow.
3. To return the items, flip the address tag to display the library's address and simply put it back in the post, we take care of the rest.
4. Upon arrival, your books are quarantined for the recommended amount of time, before being put back into circulation. After that, we check the selection enquiry from your package and prepare your next shipment.


Complete the below selection request or return a paper copy via mail.


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