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Welcome to Central West Libraries

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

Libraries to Re-Open with Limited Services




Central West Libraries is planning a staged re-opening from Monday 1 June. Our libraries in Blayney, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange will provide limited services and access.  Orange, Cowra and Forbes Libraries will open with restricted hours

The first thing we will be offering is lending and returning of items.

Please note that computers, printing, photocopying, Justice of the Peace, newspapers, research and studying opportunities will not be offered during this first stage. 

Please note social distancing & hygiene rules will apply.

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.

You can also head over to the Australian Library & Information Association’s page and complete the Your Library: Tell us how you missed us survey. This will be used to show government how important libraries are for Australia 

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 Online!

 All of our storytime sessions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

But… you can now have Storytime at your house with Fiona. New story videos released each day.

You can also check out the many videos at StoryBox Library


Banjo Paterson Writing Awards


Entries for the 2020 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards have now closed. Winners will be publicly announced on Saturday 1 August. Previous winning entries can be read on the Orange Wiki


From the blog...

National Simultaneous Storytime 27 May

Book in for virtual National Simultaneous Storytime with Children’s Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky by the State Library of NSW reading the wonderful story Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford. Whitney and Britney are two gorgeous chooks, Fluffy and silky … Read more…

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