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New Molong Library now open!


Cowra Library Makeover


Canowindra Library on the move

Canowindra Library has relocated to the Freemasons Hall - Masonic Lodge


Family Literacy Programs Return

Family Literacy Programs have returned to Central West Libraries for School Term 1. Enjoy!


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Welcome to Central West Libraries

Our Libraries at Blayney, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange are welcoming spaces for everyone. Come and see us for all your reading, watching and listening enjoyment as well as access to research, databases, newspapers, free WFi, family literacy programs, school holiday activities, author events and more…

Please enjoy all our online activities – Story Box Library, author talks, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines through Borrowbox, Indyreads, Libby and Hoopla, and stream movies: Kanopy Kids, Kanopy and Beamafilm. Access these services on your own device anywhere anytime using your CWL Membership Card.  If you need assistance with your membership, please call us on 6393 8132. Thank you.



Central West Libraries Update

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

Enter the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

This year marks 160 years since Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born at Narrambla, Orange, and Central West Libraries announces the call for entries in the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards on his birthday, Saturday 17 February. Established in 1991, the awards honour Banjo, acknowledged as a great writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition encouraging Australian content. However, entries do not have to be written in Banjo’s style of bush writing.

The categories are:

Short Story: First Prize $2,000

Contemporary Poetry: First Prize $2,000

ABC Radio Central West Children’s Writing Award: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100 and Third Prize $100.

Adult Entry Fee $15, Children Entry Fee $5.

Entries are due Friday 10 May 2024 at 5pm. They can be emailed to: [email protected] or posted to Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, PO Box 194, Orange  NSW  2800.

Check the 2024 Entry Form for full terms and conditions and include with your entry.

Previous winning entries can be found at Central West Libraries’ online resource Recollect for inspiration.

The awards are supported by Orange City Council, ABC Central West, and the Central Western Daily newspaper.


Family Literacy Programs Return for School Term 1

Our free family literacy programs have returned for the School Term 1 2024. We have lots of fun and children and carers are invited. If you have any enquiries please call the Library you wish to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

Storytimes –

Blayney: 1st and 3rd Thursdays 11am

Cowra: Mondays 10am

Forbes: Birth to Kinder Rhyne Time Fridays 10.30am

Molong: 3rd Friday of the month 11.15am

Orange: Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 11am

Ten Minutes A Day – Orange: Mondays at 11am and Thursday at 9.30am

1,2 Books –

Cowra: Wednesdays 10am

Orange: Mondays and Tuesdays 10.15am – 10.45am

Music For Little Ears – Orange: Wednesday at 10am – 10.20am, and Fridays 10.30am – 10.50am.

Code Club – Orange: Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Lego Club –

Molong: Last Friday of the month 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Orange: Mondays 4pm – 5pm

Inklings Book Club – Orange: 2nd Monday of the month 4pm – 5pm

Make/Do Teen Meet Up – Orange: Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm

Canowindra Library on the Move

Canowindra Library has relocated to the Freemasons Hall (Masonic Lodge) at 39 Blatchford Street, Canowindra while renovations take place at the Gaskill Street address.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new space. See you soon!

New Molong Library Grand Opening

Come and visit the recently completed Cabonne Community Centre – home to the new Molong Library at 98 Bank Street.

We can’t wait to show you this community space!! It looks fantastic!!!

Cowra Library has re-opened to the community after refurbishment

Cowra Library space has been transformed with new murals, flooring, carpets, painting and shelving. You are invited to come and see the lovely welcoming space. There is something for everyone.

Family Literacy Programs 1,2 Books and Storytime resumed in the New Year and the Library chute is also open – making returning your items easy.

If you have any questions, please contact Cowra Library on 6340 2180.

Thank you for your patience and support while the extensive renovation took place. We look forward to seeing you in Cowra Library and if you are not a member – why not join? It is free.


2023 Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners

The winners of the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards announced at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 5 August are:

The Banjo Paterson Writing Awards were established in 1991 to honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer, and favourite son of Orange, with a competition to encourage Short Story or Poetry writing with Australian content. The call for entries is announced each year on 17 February, the anniversary of Banjo’s Birthday.

Congratulations to all who entered the competition and the 2023 winners. the Short Story and Contemporary Poetry winners take home cash prizes of $2,000 each.

Keep up the writing everyone!


Recollect Central West

A digital space to capture and share history, heritage and stories of Central West NSW.




The CWL app is live!


Download the new Central West Libraries app to streamline your library experience.

Available on your phone or tablet, the app brings the library to you!

Download now by searching for Central West Libraries in your app provider, or visit one of our branches, call on 6393 8132 or email us at [email protected]