As more and more government and business services have moved online there has been a growing demand for the skills of Librarians to help those separated by this digital divide.
The Library Act 1939 was landmark legislation which resulted in the development of free public libraries throughout NSW
Coffs Harbour Library’s services and resources are constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. English Language learning resources are provided to serve an increasingly diverse community of users.
Where it all began! Find out about how the Coffs Harbour Library was first established in 1964.
Coffs Harbour Library’s journey to join the information super-highway began in 1996 with coin-operated internet access!
Coffs Harbour Library becomes involved in the annual campaign to promote the value of reading and literacy for young children throughout Australia.
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.
Woolgoolga Library moves into the old police ‘lock-up’ building with more space and improved services.
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.
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.
Want to know what books stand the test of time? Check out Coffs Harbour Library’s ten most borrowed titles.
Woolgoolga’s first public library opened in River Street in 1965. It shared the ‘Shop 40’ building with the local barber!
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’s first public access computer was purchased in 1985 – this story looks back at the early CD-ROM resources and reflects on the developments in electronic reference resources since then.
Coffs Harbour Library was searching for a new location following the expiration of its lease in Castle Street – was the National Mutual Building a good option?
The introduction of the bookmobile service in 1979 saw a number of outer lying areas in the Coffs region having a library service for the very first time!
The Picture Coffs Harbour project started back in 2008 a few years after Coffs Harbour Museum was handed over to the Council following the disbanding of the Historical Society.
Once the bookmobile service was withdrawn, it was time to start thinking about a new library in Woolgoolga….a very small one!
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.
1978 saw the introduction of the Home Library Service, a service that brings the library to those in the community who are housebound.
Coffs Harbour City Library marked 10 years of regular weekly storytime in 2008.
Looks back at the children’s activities held in the courtyard of the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in the 1970s and early 1980s.