Library Branches

Library Branches

We have library branches at Penrith (7 days), St Marys (7 days) and St Clair (6 days a week). Click on the name of the library below to expand it and view information about the branch.

St Clair Library Temporary Closure

St Clair Library will be temporarily closing Monday 3 June and will reopen Wednesday 5 June.

During the closure, the new radio frequency identification (RFID) customer loan station will be installed, enabling a faster loan service for customers. This completes the Penrith City Library RFID project for all library branches.

Penrith Library and St Marys Library will be open as usual during this upgrade. We apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause.

601 High Street, Penrith

Telephone: Within Australia - (02) 4732 7891 
Telephone: From overseas +61 2 47327891 
Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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 from 2 July 2018: A4 black-and-white - 25c | A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 60c / A3 colour - $1.00 
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.

Penrith Library Entrance

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

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Sunday CLOSED   

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 from 2 July 2018: A4 black-and-white - 25c / A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 60c / A3 colour - $1.00 
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

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 as of 2 July 2018: A4 black-and-white - 25c / A3 black-and-white - 40c / A4 colour - 60c / A3 colour - $1.00 
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

The venue is available 7 days during Penrith Library opening hours. Setup is the hirer’s responsibility. For enquiries emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 7889.

To view more information including facilities, pricing, hire conditions and to make an online booking please go to the Penrith Library Theatrette page.

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

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

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.

If there are other people waiting, the JP will certify a maximum of 10 documents at any one time.

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.