Something for everyone

Collections and resources available at Parkes Shire Libraries.

You can borrow off the shelf or online from our wide collection of books, music, magazines, information databases and more.

Collections available at all our libraries include

  • fiction (all ages)
  • picture books
  • student readers
  • large print books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • talking books (fiction and non-fiction)
  • music CDs (all ages)
  • DVDs (all ages)
  • non-fiction (all ages)
  • biographies
  • magazines and
  • graphic novels (comics)
Digital Collections

eBooks and digital magazines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week...and they're FREE for all library members!

For more information about online resources, visit Council's My Online Library page.

Reference / In Library Resources

Parkes Library holds an extensive local and family history collection. This includes births, deaths and marriages for most of the Australian states, and a large number of local history resources. The Library's local/family history expert is on hand to answer any queries. Call 02 6861 2309 to make an appointment.

At Parkes Library there are a range of resources that can be accessed while you are at the Library. This includes a reference collection (dictionaries, telephone number books and street directories), and newspaper, including the Parkes Champion Post, Parkes Phoenix, The Land and Sydney Morning Herald.

Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription, a special collection that can be borrowed, is a scheme to help the community use reading to understand and manage mental health and wellbeing. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries across Central Western NSW. This is an Australian pilot based on a very successful program run in the United Kingdom by the Reading Agency.

Health professionals have recommended all of the books in the collection. The books have also been tried and tested by people with experience of living with the conditions. Library staff are available to help find the books that are in the collection. They can be borrowed for free for four weeks at a time.

There is also a website to support the collection and to provide more information about the books and other online resources available to help manage mental health and wellbeing.

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State Library of NSW Resources

The Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) is a free legal information service for NSW residents, provided through public libraries, managed, maintained and supported by the State Library of NSW. Through this initiative Parkes Shire libraries provide legal information - from plain language guides, pamphlets through to more complex materials. The two main resources that make up this collection are the Hot Topics, plain language information for students and others who want to understand a recent legal issue or change in the law, and the Legal Tool Kit, a regularly updated collection of plain language books about the law.

drug info @ your library is a joint initiative of the State Library of NSW and the NSW Premier's Department. Through this initiative Parkes Shire libraries provide drug information you can trust.

Visit any of the Parkes Shire Libraries for more information.