Tag Archives: Coffs Harbour Library

Oral History interview with Dorothy and Ken Briggs - 2001

Dorothy and Ken Briggs are members of Woolgoolga library. Dorothy talks about the purpose built library building and the involvement of Woolgoolga Art Group in the project.

Oral History interview with Carol Ruby - 1988-2015

Carol Ruby is one of the longest serving active volunteers at the library. Carol compares various libraries she has visited to Coffs Harbour 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.

National Simultaneous Storytime - 2001

Coffs Harbour Library becomes involved in the annual campaign to promote the value of reading and literacy for young children throughout Australia.

Learning English as a second language - 2005

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.

The Digital divide and the library’s efforts to close the gap - 2012

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.

Interview with Eric Bennett - 1965

Eric Bennett is a long standing member of Woolgoolga community who talks us through the opening of Woolgoolga’s first public library and his family’s use of it. Eric also discusses a number of other buildings that the Woolgoolga Library has inhabited.

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.

Coffs Harbour’s most wanted! - 2014

Want to know what books stand the test of time? Check out Coffs Harbour Library’s ten most borrowed titles.

The Book Club Hub - 2009

Coffs Harbour City Library launched its book club service in 2009 to promote and support a reading culture in the local community.

Public Internet Access - 1996

Coffs Harbour Library’s journey to join the information super-highway began in 1996 with coin-operated internet access!

Interview with Lorraine Vass - 1977

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

Children’s activities in the library’s early days - 1978

Looks back at the children’s activities held in the courtyard of the Harry Bailey Memorial Library in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Coffs Library inundated with water! - 1996

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.

Legal information now on offer! - 1993

Mayor John Smith opened a new legal information service at Coffs Harbour City Library on 16 August 1993.

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.

Interview with Jan Arnett - Retrospective

Jan Arnett is one of our regular library members who can frequently be seen at the library researching family and local history.

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.