A new larger purpose-built library opens in Castle Street in 1973 and is named after the late Shire President who was instrumental in establishing the library service in Coffs Harbour.
November 23, 1996 saw Coffs Harbour City Library inundated with a 40cm wall of water which ruined over 11,000 items and resulted in the library being closed for a week.
A novel adaption of an R-rated film was found in the hands of a 14 year old boy sparking calls for censorship in libraries.
The library regularly conducts outreach storytime sessions to support local festivals and family activities in the City Centre.
Coffs Harbour City Library marked 10 years of regular weekly storytime in 2008.
Once the bookmobile service was withdrawn, it was time to start thinking about a new library in Woolgoolga….a very small one!
Mayor John Smith opened a new legal information service at Coffs Harbour City Library on 16 August 1993.
Coffs Harbour City Library launched its book club service in 2009 to promote and support a reading culture in the local community.
The Library Act 1939 was landmark legislation which resulted in the development of free public libraries throughout NSW
Coffs Harbour City Council’s central library is renamed The Harry Bailey Memorial Library in remembrance of long serving Councillor W. H. Bailey who died in 1965.
Carol Ruby is one of the longest serving active volunteers at the library. Carol compares various libraries she has visited to Coffs Harbour Library.