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  • PENRITH LIBRARY

    601 High Street, Penrith

    Telephone: Within Australia - (02) 4732 7891
    Telephone: From overseas +61 2 47327891
    Mail:  

    OPENING HOURS
     

    Monday-Friday 9am-8pm
    Saturday 9am-5pm
    Sunday 10am-5pm

    STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Wednesday 10.30am-11.30am

    TOY LIBRARY

    Wednesday and Saturday 10am-Noon

    COLLECTION STRENGTHS

    The library provides a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books for all age groups for loan. They include the latest bestsellers as well as established and more recent authors from Australia and overseas. There is also a large range of DVDs and audio CDs. The children’s section includes picture books, graded readers, first chapter books as well as titles from the Premiers Reading Challenge list. A growing collection of online resources ranging from e-books to newspaper articles to art works and music performances are available both in the library and from home/office 24/7. The YourTutor service is available for students from Years 3 to 12 to get assistance from Australian tutors via an online messaging service. Online services require a current library card membership number to access. The central branch is the major repository of local history material, housing a comprehensive Local Studies Collection in a separate room. A Technical Library, housed in the same room, is a collection of support material for Council staff. The library provides a photographic database of selected historical photographs. All resources are available via the library catalogue.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    Study space
    The central library has desk seating capacity for approximately 180 people as well as lounge seating capacity. It does not have designated study rooms or ‘quiet study’ areas. The Peter Goodfellow Theatrette, which has seating for up to 100 people in theatre seating arrangement or 30 people in table conference mode, is available for hire.

    Technology

    • Check-Out and Check-In Terminals
      Penrith branches 4 self-serve check-out terminals (ie borrowers can check their own books out on their way out of the Library).
    • Internet Access (Paynet)
      Full public internet access in the Library - fees and conditions apply.
    • Internet Access (Freenet)
      Free access provided to a restricted range of selected websites and library subscription services.
    • Word Processing
      Terminals with USB ports are available for word processing, using these programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Paint as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Free Wi-Fi
      A free service available to all library visitors (members and non-members of the library) to use on their own laptops and portable internet devices like smartphones.
    • Educational Interactive Games for Children
      Terminals are available in the children’s area.

    Printing and Photocopying
    A library card or casual user card is required for printing. Credit must be prepaid through the Library's Monitor System.
    Printing Charges: A4 black-and-white - 25c | A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 50c / A3 colour - 80c
    Scanning is available free of charge - bring your USB with you.
    Microfilm and Microfiche: can be scanned to a PC for printing or transferring to a USB.

    Disability Access Equipment

    • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) - a screen reader that enables blind and vision-impaired people to use computers by reading text on the screen in a computerised voice (all Library PCs have this program installed).
    • Hearing Mats
    • Smartview Magnifier - to magnify, and read back to you,your letters, photos, forms, newspapers, etc.
    • Magnifying sheet - a plastic magnifying sheet for use with PC screens.
    • Magnifying Sheet - a plastic magnifying sheet tom use with PC screens.
      • After-hours book return chute for return of books outside library opening hours.
      • Community Noticeboard has information about the library and local events, groups and courses.
      • Community Group Display Cabinets available for not-for-profit community groups to display crafts or collectables.
      • Public toilets and Parent Room facilities are available.

    An exterior shot of Penrith Library

    ST CLAIR LIBRARY

    Shop 12, St Clair Shopping Centre, Bennett Road and Endeavour Avenue
    Telephone: 9670 6853

    OPENING HOURS


    Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm

    Saturday 9am-1pm
    Closed Sundays   

    STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Thursday 10.30am-11.30am

    TOY LIBRARY

    Thursday 10.00am-Noon

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    St Clair Public Library is the third largest (460 m2) of Penrith City Library's branches. Housed in the St Clair Shopping Centre, the Library services nearby primary and high schools as well as a large residential area. The Library offers clients the convenience of a 'shop front' location, surrounded by ample parking.

    COLLECTION STRENGTHS

    St Clair library has over 25,000 items and is regularly refreshed with new stock. The range of lending categories and formats suitable for all age groups, includes print, dvd and audio formats as well as graphic novels, newspapers and magazines. The children’s section includes picture books, graded readers, first chapter books as well as titles from the Premiers Reading Challenge list. The collection does not support specialist or tertiary level print materials. Members are referred either to the online services or to the larger collections at Penrith Central Library. A growing collection of online resources ranging from e-books to newspaper articles to art works and music performances are available both in the library and from home/office 24/7. The Home Tutor service is available for students from Years 4 to12 to obtain assistance from Australian tutors via an online messaging service. Online services require a current library card membership number to access. Most online resources are available both from home and in the library via the library catalogue.  

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    Study space
    Desk seating capacity for approximately 18 people as well as lounge seating capacity. St Clair Library doesn't have designated study rooms or ‘quiet study’ areas.

    Technology

    • Check-Out Terminal
      St Clair branch has one self-serve check-out terminal (i.e. borrowers can check their own books out on their way out of the Library).
    • Internet Access (Paynet)
      Full public internet access in the Library - fees and conditions apply.
    • Internet Access (Freenet)
      Free access provided to a restricted range of selected websites and library subscription services.
    • Word Processing
      Terminals with USB ports are available for word processing, using these programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Paint as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Free Wi-Fi
      A free service available to all library visitors (members and non-members of the library) to use on their own laptops and portable internet devices like smartphones.

    Printing and Photocopying
    A library card or casual user card is required for printing. Credit must be prepaid through the Library's Monitor System.
    Printing Charges: A4 black-and-white - 25c / A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 50c / A3 colour - 80c
    Scanning is available free of charge - bring your USB with you.

    Disability Access Equipment

    • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) - a screen reader that enables blind and vision-impaired people to use computers by reading text on the screen in a computerised voice (all Library PCs have this program installed).
    • Headphones
    • Hearing Mats

    • After-hours book return chute for return of books outside library opening hours.
    • Community Noticeboard has information about the library and local events, groups and courses.
    • Public toilets and Parent Room facilities are available.

    An interior shot of St Clair Library

    ST MARYS LIBRARY

    207 - 209 Queen Street, St Marys
    Telephone: Circulation Desk (02) 4732 7455
    Telephone: Reference (02) 4732 7456

    OPENING HOURS

    Monday - Thursday 9am-8pm
    Friday 9am - 5.30pm
    Saturday 9am - 5pm
    Sunday 10am - 5pm

    STORYTIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS

    Tuesday 10.30am - 11.30am

    TOY LIBRARY

    Tuesday and Saturday 10am-Noon

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    St Marys is the second largest of our branches. The Technical Services section (i.e. the Library staff who catalogue the Library's collection) is also housed in this building. Total area of both these spaces is 920m2.

    COLLECTION STRENGTHS

    St Marys Library provides a full range of lending categories and formats for all age groups. Daily newspapers and magazines are available. Materials in languages other than English are provided. The bilingual picture book collection for children is available in 20 languages. There is also a large range of DVDs and audio CDs for adults and children. The children’s section includes picture books, graded readers, first chapter books as well as titles from the Premier's Reading Challenge list. A growing collection of online resources ranging from e-books to newspaper articles to art works and music performances is available both in the library and from home/office 24/7. The Home Tutor service is available for students from years 4 to 12 to obtain assistance from Australian tutors via an online messaging service. Online services require a current library card membership number to access. Most online resources are available both from home and in the library via the library catalogue.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    Study space
    Desk seating capacity for approximately 30 people as well as lounge seating capacity. St Marys Library doesn't have designated study rooms or ‘quiet study’ areas.

    Technology

    • Check-Out Terminals
      St Marys branch has two self-serve check-out terminals (i.e. borrowers can check their own books out on their way out of the Library).
    • Internet Access (Paynet)
      Full public internet access in the Library - fees and conditions apply.
    • Internet Access (Freenet)
      Free access provided to a restricted range of selected websites and library subscription services.
    • Word Processing
      Terminals with USB ports are available for word processing, using these programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint and Paint as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Free Wi-Fi
      A free service available to all library visitors (members and non-members of the library) to use on their own laptops and portable internet devices like smartphones.
    • Educational Interactive Games for Children
      Terminals are available in the children’s area.

    Printing and Photocopying
    A library card or casual user card is required for printing. Credit must be prepaid through the Library's Monitor System.
    Printing Charges: A4 black-and-white - 25c / A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 50c / A3 colour - 80c
    Scanning is available free of charge - bring your USB with you.
    Microfilm and Microfiche: can be scanned to a PC for printing or transferring to a USB.

    Disability Access Equipment

    • NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) - a screen reader that enables blind and vision-impaired people to use computers by reading text on the screen in a computerised voice (all Library PCs have this program installed).
    • Headphones
    • Hearing Mats
    • Poet Reader - scans letters, newspaper, books or magazine and reads back to you.

    • Community Noticeboard has information about the library and local events, groups and courses.
    • Public toilets and Parent Room facilities are available.

    An interior shot of St Marys Library

  • Christmas/New Year Library Opening Hours

    • Friday 22 December 9am - noon (St Clair 10am - noon)
    • Saturday 23 December - normal operating hours at all branches
    • Sunday 24 December - ALL BRANCHES CLOSED
    • Monday 25 December Christmas Day - ALL BRANCHES CLOSED
    • Tuesday 26 December Boxing Day - ALL BRANCHES CLOSED
    • Wednesday 27 December 9am - 5pm (St Clair closed)
    • Thursday 28 December 9am - 5pm (St Clair closed)
    • Friday 29 December 9am - 5pm (St Clair closed)
    • Saturday 30 December 9am - 5pm (St Clair closed)
    • Sunday 31 December 10am - 5pm Penrith and St Marys
    • Monday 1 January - ALL BRANCHES CLOSED
    • Tuesday 2 January - normal operating hours at all branches
  • Penrith Library Theatrette

    The venue is available 7 days during Penrith Library opening hours. Setup is the hirer’s responsibility. For enquiries email or call 4732 7884.

    You can make a booking request online.

    Features include:

    • seating for up to 100 people (theatre seating arrangement; or 30 people in table conference mode)
    • toilet and kitchenette with external access
    • lectern, projection screen and whiteboards available at no extra charge. We do not provide laptops or data-projectors.

    Setup is the hirer's responsibility. 

    Hire fees

    • a half day (up to 4 hours):$150 (including GST)
    • a full day (up to 8 hours): $260 (including GST)
    • non-profit / community groups (up to 4 hours): $45 (including GST)

    Minimum charge is half day, up to 4 hours use. 

    Conditions of Hire

    Completing the application to hire the theatrette means that you accept the Penrith Library Theatrette Conditions of Hire (accessible pdf 76KB).

  • Home Library Service

    The mission of the Home Library Service is to ensure members of the community who are unable to visit our branches (due to illness, disability, infirmity etc) have access to the full range of public library services. This service includes fortnightly delivery of books to housebound residents (following discussion with the client about the types of books they like to read), locating materials (books, research) requested by clients and providing support in the use of new technology. The Home Library Service operates 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and all services are free of charge. The Penrith Home Library Service is supported by volunteers. Phone: 4732 7612 or 4732 7891.

    Home Library Service Application form (pdf 69kb)

    photo of Home Library Service volunteer sitting with a client on a home lounge looking at ipad

  • Other services

    Justices of the Peace

    Volunteer Justices of the Peace (JPs) are available during select times at our libraries and nearby St Marys Library at St Marys Shopping Village.

    As times and dates are subject to change, please check on the availability of the JP before the session by contacting the relevant Library.

    Penrith Library
    Tuesday 9:30am - Noon    
    Wednesday 6.00 - 8.00pm
    Thursday 3:30 - 5:30pm
    Friday 11am - 2:30pm  

    St Marys Library
    Thursday 2:30 - 4:30pm

    St Clair Library
    Monday: 2:30 - 4:30pm
    Thursday 2:30 - 4:30pm  

    St Marys Village Shopping Centre
    Charles Hackett Drive, St Marys
    Phone 9623 7700
    Wednesday 11.00am - 1.00pm
    2nd and 4th Saturday each month: 10.00 - 11:30am

    Penrith Library - Justices of the Peace


    Household Energy Meters 

    Save energy costs by borrowing a free PowerMate Meter from your local library. 

    Easy to use, the Power-Mate enables households to identify and reduce energy costs by showing people how much their appliances cost to run. By simply connecting the meter between the appliance and power socket, the meter measures the electricity use, greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs of the appliance whilst in use or on standby.

    For enquiries about loans or about becoming a member of the library please contact Penrith City Library on 4732 7891.

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