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.
While our Library is closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, you can now continue borrowing library items through our Click and Collect Service.
- Search our Online Catalogue from home and reserve up to 5 items
- Log in using your library card number (under the barcode on your card) and password (your birthday DDMMYYYY)
- Search catalogue
- Click on title
- Click on reserve title
- Select branch for pick up
- Click on Proceed
- This item will then appear on a list for the library staff
If your reserves are located at another branch or are on loan, it may be some time before the item is available as we have extended our loan periods.
Library staff will contact you by phone when your reservations are ready to be collected from the library and to book a time for collection. Collection days are Tuesdays and Fridays If you are elderly or vulnerable, please organise someone else to collect your items
When you collect your items please maintain physical distancing
For members with no online access at home, you can call your local branch and request up to 5 items.
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)
- magazines and
- graphic novels (comics)
eBooks, eAudioBooks 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.
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 and selected large books), and newspapers, including the Parkes Champion Post, Parkes Phoenix, The Land, the Financial Times and the Sydney Morning Herald.
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.
Access at https://booksonprescription.com.au/
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.