• EBooks, EAudioBooks, streaming movies, online databases and much more!


Welcome to Central West Libraries

Central West Libraries is a regional library service with branches at Blayney, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange.

More Services Available!

It has been wonderful to see so many of our members back in our libraries since we re-opened on 1 June. The good news is we have increased the services available.


Yes you can:

  • Borrow and return items
  • Use our PCs and access our WiFi
  • Sit in the Library to study, research and read
  • Use our photocopiers and printers
  • Book in for Storytime, 1,2, Books, Ten Minutes a Day
  • Book in for Pageturners Book Club
  • Meet with Family History volunteers on Fridays 10am – 3pm at Orange


Newspapers and  group visits will not be available at this stage.

Orange, Cowra and Forbes Libraries will continue to open with restricted hours.

Please note social distancing & hygiene rules will apply including sign in.

We will continue to monitor the situation and review restrictions to keep everyone safe as COVID-19 rules ease.

Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates and check our COVID-19 FAQ Page.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The CWL team.

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News and events

To keep up to date with the latest library news and events please follow Central West Libraries on the blogfacebook, instagram or check Eventbrite.com (click on events button) for event listings.

COVID-19 Special online offerings

Introducing beamafilm, an independent movie streaming site known for its collection of signature Australian documentaries and independent feature films from around the world. All available with your Central West Libraries card. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Check out the COVID-19 Specials page for extra titles in e format for children and adults. Thanks to TumbleBooks who are offering free access to their content during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Follow the links below and use the Username and password provided.  We thank them for their generosity of spirit. We’d love to know if you enjoy them! Send us a message

Try indyreads!

Announcing our newest eBook platform, indyreads™!

indyreads provides access to a statewide collection of independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudio format. With over 10,000 titles there is sure to be something you’ll enjoy! Learn more


Storytime sessions in the Library are back!  Enjoy Ten Minutes a Day, 1, 2 BOOKS! and Storytime at Orange City Library!

Bookings are essential and Covid-19 health precautions apply. 

You can also enjoy the many videos available online at StoryBox Library

2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Congratulations to all the entrants in the 2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. We are pleased to announce the winners:

Short Story: Literally the worst by Jaclyn Riley-Smith of Margate, TAS – formerly of Orange.

 Contemporary Poetry: Aurora Australis by Joanne Mills, Darlington, WA.

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards

1st The Crow by Maxyn Dorz, Korora, NSW

2nd Decimation by Sebastian Merrell, Orange, NSW

3rd Alone Together by Jessica Grabham, Marrickville, NSW


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