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Recollect Central West

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


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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.

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.


New Molong Library Grand Opening

Come and visit the recently completed Cabonne Community Centre – home to the new Molong Library – Friday 1st December from 5pm – 8pm.

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 flooring, carpets, painting and shelving. You are invited to come and see the new welcoming space. There is something for everyone.

Family Literacy Programs 1,2 Books and Storytime have resumed. 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]