Tag Archives: Clarence Regional Library

Oral history interview with Janet Merriman - 1974 -1996

After 22 years of service, Janet Merriman retired as the Deputy Librarian. Janet shares her memories of Coffs Harbour Library separating from Clarence Regional Library Service and other events.


Mother appalled that library lent “lurid sex book” to boy - 1982

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.


Interview with Lorraine Vass - 1977

Lorraine Vass was the first professional librarian appointed at Coffs Harbour Library.


Home delivery for housebound library members - 1978

1978 saw the introduction of the Home Library Service, a service that brings the library to those in the community who are housebound.


Arrival of the Bookmobile - 1979

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!


Electronic resources then and now - 1985

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.


First Public Library in Woolgoolga - 1965

Woolgoolga’s first public library opened in River Street in 1965. It shared the ‘Shop 40’ building with the local barber!


Interview with Lorraine Gardiner - 1975

Lorraine Gardiner is a former staff member who first started working at a small branch at Sawtell Library in 1975 before moving to the Coffs Harbour branch in 1979.


The Harry Bailey Memorial Library - 1973

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.


Coffs Harbour Library opens for business! - 1964

Where it all began! Find out about how the Coffs Harbour Library was first established in 1964.