At Manly Library, there are a number of initiatives to help young adults find the information they are looking for.

Young Adult Collection

The Youth Area of the library is situated on the ground floor and holds a diverse collection of Young Adult literature including Graphic Novels, Manga and Zines.

Join Manly Library's Young Adult Book Club

The Young Adult Book Club at Manly Library is open to all High School students. Meet new people, read and talk about books with others your own age and keep all the books you read for Book Club.

The Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month (during school terms only), 4-5pm in the Youth Area of Manly library.

For further information: visit Manly Library, or email, or call the Library on 9976 1747.

 What to read next?

Follow these links to some great websites designed just for teenagers interested in books and movies.

Reading Challenges

The Premiers Reading Challenge is an initiative of the NSW State government that runs every year from February to September. The Premier's Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

The Challenge aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and to enable students to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read to read more and to read more widely.

The Summer Reading Club runs from December through to February each year. Participation is simple:

  • Register at the Library.
  • Read anything you like! Books and magazines, or listen to an audio book.
  • List everything on your record sheet.
  • Join in the competitions.

Nintendo Wii and Board Games

Manly Library now offers a range of popular Nintendo Wii games for you to use within the library. The Wii is available after 3pm Monday to Friday (during school terms) and all day during weekends and school holidays. Also available to play are a variety of board-games . Just ask at the front desk. 

Board Games 
Wii Games 
Chess Uno Mario Kart Sonic Colours
Balderdash Connect Four Wiii Sport Sonic unleashed
Kids Trivial Pursuit Scrabble Wii Play Virtual Tennis
Tri-ominos Scrabble Junior Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Star Wars Lego III
Rummikub Simpson's Guess Who  De Blob Transformers
Monopoly Yahtzee

The Golden Compass

Star Wars Force Unleashed (M15+)
Mastermind Cards 


Spiderman (M15+)

Checkers  Puzzles Mario and Sonic at 2012 London Olympics  
 Dominoes  Articulate    


The Northern Beaches HSC students have their own web page with subject links and a blog at the Inside Break website.

Inside Break is a HSC resources website full of information and links to lectures, library resources, past exams, and more. Established in 2007 as a collaborative project by Warringah, Manly and Pittwater Council libraries, our partnership has expanded to include public libraries across New South Wales.

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Manly Library features its own HSC reference and borrowing collection on level one, consisting of current and up to date materials covering all HSC subjects.

Manly Library hosts several 'HSC lock-ins' during the exam period for year 12 students outside of opening hours. The lock-ins offer library resources free of charge and an opportunity to study, research, prepare and share notes in a safe and quiet environment.

Online Resources

Members of Manly Library have access to a wide range of online resources useful for students, teens and young adults. Resources cover contemporary, historical, local, educational and recreational needs. For a full description visit the Online Resources page.

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The Youth at the Beaches blog is a young adult online resource to find out about what events, workshops and competetions to win cool stuff are on around Manly. It is also a place to share ideas and read and write reviews on books, gigs and shows.

Career Resources

Information available at Manly Library

Information available online

Manly Library's Annual Zine Fair

Zines are commonly a small circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. Manly Library hosts its annual Zine Fair each September as part of The Manly Arts Festival. The fair has been steadily growing since its inception in 2010, with new stalls and workshops added each year.

Want to make zines?

Zine making workshops are held concurrently with the Zine Fair in September. Want to have a stall at the Zine Fair?

Want more people to read your zines? Bring them in to Manly Library. Suitable zines will be added to our ever growing Zine Collection to browse or borrow.

Manly Youth Expressed

Every year the Library exhibits selected works from Manly Art Gallery’s ‘Express Yourself’ Northern Beaches Visual Arts HSC student exhibition. The works are exhibited in the Library for the year, which provides great exposure for the young local artists and in turn keeps the Library colourful. The Library also welcomes local High Schools to hold exhibitions and launches in the Library. To find out more about the ‘Express Yourself’ annual exhibition visit the Manly Art Gallery and Museum.

Call the Library on 9976 1747 or email for further information.