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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 are returning to Central West Libraries for School Term 2. Enjoy!


National Simultaneous Storytime

Share the story Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker with us


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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.

National Simultaneous Storytime Wednesday 22 May 12 noon

Join in at Cowra, Forbes, Manildra, Molong (along with Cabonne Council’s Children’s Services) and Orange City Libraries for an incredible Australia-wide event – National Simultaneous Storytime.

A little birdie told us Blayney Library will be sharing the story on Thursday 23 May at the weekly 11am Storytime. 

Everyone will be reading Bowerbird Blues by Australian author and illustrator Aura Parker!!! on the same day, at the same time across Australia!

This lyrical story follows the journey of a bowerbird on his quest for all things blue, all the while feeling that something is amiss in his life. The bowerbird’s collection dominated by plastic caps, straws and tags invites reflection on environmental pollution and its challenges.

We will all be sharing the story on Wednesday 22 May at 12 noon!! All welcome – come along.

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Now Closed

Entries into the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards have now closed. Winners will be notified by phone on Wednesday 19 June and formally announced at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 3 August 2024.

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.

The next call for entries will be on the anniversary of Banjo Paterson’s birthday 17 February 2025.

Family Literacy Programs Return for School Term 2

Our free family literacy programs return for School Term 2 2024 in late April and May. 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: (Returns Thursday 2 May) Now held each and every Thursday at 11am

Cowra (Returns Monday 6 May): Mondays 10am featuring Science-themes

Forbes: (Returns Friday 3 May) Birth to Kinder Rhyme Time Fridays 10.30am

Molong: (Continues Friday 17 May) 3rd Friday of the month 11.15am

Orange: (Returns 6 May) Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 11am

Ten Minutes A Day – Orange: Mondays at 11am and Thursday (Returns Thursday 9 May) at 9.30am

1,2 Books –

Cowra: (Returns Wednesday 1 May) Wednesdays 10am

Orange: Mondays and Tuesdays 10.15am – 10.45am

Music For Little Ears – Orange: (Returns Wednesday 8 May) Wednesday at 10am – 10.20am, and Fridays 10.30am – 10.50am.

Code Club – Orange: Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Lego Club –

Blayney: Tuesdays 3.30m – 4.30pm

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 has moved

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 Officially Open

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.


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]