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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.

Masks are no longer required in the library; we support your personal choice to wear, or not wear a mask. Hand sanitiser is available in our libraries.

Thank you for your kindness, patience and understanding during this challenging time for everyone in the community as we adapt to changes. Your support is much appreciated by the Library team.

Please enjoy all our online activities – Story Box Library, author talks, ebooks, audiobooks, magazines through Borrowbox, Indyreads and Libby, 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 is a regional library service with branches at Blayney, Canowindra, Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong and Orange


2022 Banjo Paterson Writing Award Winners

Winners of the 2022 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards were announced at the 6th annual Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday held at the Hotel Canobolas. Congratulations to all the winners!!

Cr Glenn Floyd with prize winners David Judge, Ebony Inman

Short Story: John Scholz, SA, Steeple

Contemporary Poetry: David Judge, VIC, I am who they have been

Children’s Awards:

1st Place – Nemi De Silva, QLD, Blood Ties

2nd Place – Ebony Inman, Mullion Creek, Runaway

3rd Place – Ava Reckerman, VIC, Rosellas


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]


From the blog...

World of Fantasy at Orange City Library

Fraser, Hannah and Hattie discovered a fantasy world full of activities through the “Hobbit Door” at Orange City Library these school holidays. We are celebrating 130 years of JRR Tolkien and are inviting children to try our Eye Spy Test, … Read more…

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