Parkes Shire Council wishes to advise that the Parkes Library & Cultural Centre, including the Parkes Country Universities Centre, will remain closed to carry out the flood damage repairs following the storm event on Saturday 2 January.

Council's Director of Planning & Environment, Brendan Hayes said "Repairs have commenced and at this stage we hope to reopen Monday 15 February at 9.30am, pending the completion of the repairs."

Despite the closure of the facility, the following services will still be available:

  • Online Collection for all members - eBooks, eAudiobooks, Beamafilm, emagazines, StoryBox, Computer School, and much more.
  • Library programs - keep an eye on the Parkes Shire Libraries Facebook page for details on where programs and activities will be held
  • Local and family history enquiries via phone or email - 6861 2339 or
  • Returns chute is available at the Bogan Street entrance - there are no overdue fines & current loans can be kept past the due dates until the library reopens
  • One computer will be made available for free public use at Parkes Shire Council's Administration Office at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes. This includes accessing the Internet and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Use will be limited to 30 minutes - bookings can be made by calling 6861 2333.

Manager Cultural, Education and Library Services, Kerryn Jones said "The Parkes Library is an integral hub for our community, and it is disappointing to see the doors closed as a result of the recent storm. We look forward to being able to reopen this fantastic space for our community members to enjoy again."

Although the Parkes Country Universities Centre (CUC) is closed, the Centre Manager Jacob Cass, is still available to assist students to navigate their study options for 2021. Head to the CUC Parkes Facebook for more details.

The branch libraries at Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore will continue to operate as normal.