The Parkes Library and Cultural Centre was officially opened on Friday 13th November by The Hon. Sam Farraway Member for the NSW Legislative Council alongside Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton, fellow councillors, library staff and community members.

The new architecturally designed indoor and outdoor facility offers the local community an innovative and modern expansion to deliver new dynamic art, cultural and education spaces plus a brand-new intergenerational Makerspace Studio which will provide a wide range of creative learning opportunities, experiences and events.

Other features of the newly refurbished facility include lounge areas, meeting and quiet study spaces, local studies room with access to and expanded indoor and outdoor spaces for children's and early learning programs.

Parkes Shire Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton said, "Lifelong Learning is the first objective of the Parkes Community Strategic Plan and this fabulous new space will allow all members of our community and visitors to our region, to come and enjoy the educational, cultural and social opportunities the new Parkes library has to offer."

"We are really proud of the new space and encourage our community, members or not, to come and visit and make the most of the fabulous free facilities," said Cr Newton.

"In regional communities Library's play a pivotal role in providing a safe, inclusive learning space for the whole community. The Parkes Library and Cultural Centre truly embraces the notion of Lifelong Learning. The new facilities provide opportunities from birth through to tertiary opportunities to support those who are wanting to further their education, and  encouraging the more mature members of our community to share their knowledge and skills and learn new ones. The NSW Government is very proud to have supported this wonderfully inclusive project", said Hon Sam Farraway MLC.

State Library NSW Manager Public Library Services, Cameron Morley said "Parkes Library is a consistently high performer in comparison with other libraries across NSW, and the significant enhancements to the building will ensure that the people of Parkes will continue to enjoy a first-rate library service for many years to come. The State Library is very pleased to have been able to support the project and congratulates council on its commitment to library services."

A smoking ceremony was also conducted as part of the official ceremony in acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri people and recognising the language and culture that is so important in education and culture within the community.

The $3.4M Parkes Shire Library Expansion Project is funded through NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, NSW State Library Infrastructure Grants and Federal Government Drought Communities Programme.

The Parkes Library and Cultural Centre will also be home to the new establishment of a Country Universities Centre (CUC) which will provide our regional community with opportunities for higher education study without having to relocate to the city, this facility will be officially opened later in the month.