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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!


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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 WiFi, family literacy programs, school holiday activities, author events and more…

Please enjoy all our online activities – Story Box Hub, 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.



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

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Orange Readers and Writers Festival 2 & 3 August

Snuggling up beside the fire with a good book is one of winter’s pleasures. We aim to inspire your reading with incredible guest authors at this year’s Orange Readers and Writers Festival.

Writing Workshop: Making Your Writing Shine

 Friday 2 August | 10am – 1pm | Cost $45 pp | Hotel Canobolas | Tickets here|

Writers are often told about the importance of ‘polishing’ their work, but how do we go about it? Editing is the answer. In this workshop from award-winning writer and editor Kim Kelly, you’ll get a book industry insider’s view of the importance of the editorial process. You’ll learn what editing is, how can we learn to do it ourselves, and when to ask for help. You’ll gain an understanding of how polished your writing needs to be in order for it to be publishable. Most of all, be inspired by how editing can make you more confident in your words.

Bring along writing from your first paragraph, first page or first chapter.

Saturday Main Festival Event

Saturday 3 August | 10am – 4pm | includes morning tea and lunch |

Hotel Canobolas 248 Summer Street, Orange | Cost $75 Prior to 15 July| Cost $95 After 15 July | Purchase Tickets here

Enjoy a lively program of non-fiction and fiction authors with:

* Indira Naidoo – The Space Between the Stars

* Rhys Gard – Four Dogs Missing

* Gabbie Stroud – the things that matter most

* Ian W. Shaw The Golden Gang: Bushranger Frank Gardiner and the biggest gold robbery in Australian History

* Rachael Mogan McIntosh – Mothering Heights

Meet all of these talented authors at this intimate Readers and Writers Festival to be held at the Hotel Canobolas on Saturday 3 August, during the Winter Fire Festival.

The Festival is supported by Collins Booksellers, Orange. Books by the authors will be available for sale and signing at the Festival.

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Now Closed

Entries into the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards have now closed. Winners have been notified by phone on Wednesday 19 June and will be 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.

Book in for all our events and programs listed on here or call your local library. See you soon!

Family Literacy Programs Return for School Term 3

Our free family literacy programs return for School Term 3 in July 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.

Book in for all our events and programs listed on here or call your local library. See you soon! We look forward to seeing you!

Storytimes –

Blayney: Now held each and every Thursday at 11am during School Term. This Term will feature fun stories with Science experiments.

Canowindra:  Fun and engaging storytimes are held each and every Thursday at 10.15am.

Cowra (Returns Monday 22 July): Mondays 10am.

Forbes: (Returns Friday 26 July) Birth to Kinder Rhyme Time Fridays 10.30am

Molong: Now held on 1st and 3rd Friday of the month 11.15am – 12 noon during school term 

Orange: (Returns 23 July) Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays 11am

Ten Minutes A Day – Orange: Mondays at 11am and Thursday (Returns Monday 22 July) at 9.30am

*Please Note*: 1,2 Books at Cowra is now Rhyme Time

Cowra Rhyme Time: (Returns Wednesday 24 July) Wednesdays 10am

1,2 Books

Orange: (Returns Monday 22 July) Mondays and Tuesdays 10.15am – 10.45am

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

Code Club – Orange: Thursdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Lego Club –

Blayney: Tuesdays 3.30pm – 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

*New* Chess Club – Orange: (Begins 26 July) Fridays 4pm – 5pm

Homework Help – Blayney Library: after school

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.

Cowra Library has installed a Book Locker providing 24 hours collect and return service, seven days a week to the Cowra community. It is a first for the Central West Libraries service.

Funded by the State Library’s Public Library Infrastructure Grant program, the 24/7 Book Locker adds to the Library’s technical resources. It is the final item as part of the recent Cowra Library transformation to create a modern welcoming community space.

When reserving items choose “Cowra Locker” as the pick-up location.  You will be notified when the item is ready for collection from the book locker, touch the screen, enter their Library Membership Card Number and the respective locker opens and they collect your item.

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.




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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]