Upcoming Library Events

Upcoming Library Events

All events, exhibitions and activities below are held at Penrith Library, unless otherwise stated. See the Children & Young People page for events and activities especially for children, families and students.

Meets the first Monday of every month except January - 9.30am to noon

We’re living in the digital age, but many Australians are being left behind and lack the skills needed to get connected.  Penrith City Library offers you the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use new technology.

The New South Wales ‘Tech Savvy Seniors’ program is a key initiative of the NSW Ageing Strategy and Telstra’s digital inclusion program. This free training is designed to assist older Australians learn how to confidently and easily master new technology skills. Places are limited and fill quickly. 

Ask at our Service Desk for further information about classes. 

Getting ready to become a new driver in NSW? Get ready for your NSW Learner's Test or Driver's Licence Test in no time with simulated practice tests. You can access the test on Penrith City Library's FreeNet PCs, and via remote access from your home PC via the library's online catalogue.

The practice tests were created specifically for this year's test and were carefully designed by a team of experts to mimic the official learner's test. Choose from 3 free practice tests or view the official NSW driver's manual. Ask at your library's service desk for more details

NAIDOC 2019 Display

Matt Atkins is an Australian of Aboriginal descent, whose family's from the 'Back of Bourke'. Matt has on display indigenous art, artefacts, tools and books.

When: Monday 1 July - Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Penrith Library Lower Lounge

Online Ancestry Resources

Celebrate National Family History Month in August with two useful workshops that will help any family historian dive deeper into their family tree! 

Learn more about Penrith City Library’s two biggest databases, “Ancestry” and “FindMyPast”, and how they can assist you in your family history project.

DATE: Monday 5 August
TIME: 10am-12pm
LOCATION: Research Room, Penrith City Library
COST: FREE – Bookings essential

Your Life in Records: What can you find in government records and photographs?

Celebrate National Family History Month in August with two useful workshops that will help any family historian dive deeper into their family tree! 

Learn more about Penrith City Library’s government records and photographic collection. These are great resources that will assist you in researching the local area and delve deeper into Penrith’s past.

DATE: Monday 12 August
TIME: 10am-12pm
LOCATION: Research Room, Penrith City Library
COST: FREE – Bookings essential.

For more information, please contact the Library Research Services Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Science Talks at Penrith City Library

We're celebrating the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week with two free events!

Bioinformatics for Citizen Scientists presented by Lachlan Gray

Bioinformatics brings together the fields of life science, computer science and statistics, and Lachlan Gray will show you how when armed with nothing more than a laptop, internet connection and some basic coding skills, you can become a citizen scientist and conduct your own important research.

DATE: Wednesday 7 August
TIME: 6.30 – 7.30pm 
LOCATION: Penrith Library Theatrette
Tickets: FREE event, but bookings essential. Tickets are available through EventBrite.

Cooling the City… with Trees presented by Dr Paul Rymer

Senior Lecturer at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Paul Rymer, will fill us in on the research he has been conducting with Penrith City Council to find out which trees are the best for 'cooling the city'. Find out which tree species are able to survive and thrive in Western Sydney.

DATE: Tuesday 13 August
TIME: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 
LOCATION: Penrith Library Theatrette
Tickets: FREE event, but bookings essential. Tickets are available through EventBrite.

Convicts and Colonists History Conference

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Emu Plains Convict Farm. Established in September 1819, the farm played a pivotal role in Penrith’s early colonial history. The Conference will feature guest speakers noted for their work in historical research and Penrith’s local area, and historically accurate re-enactments from Acting Factory.

Our guest speakers include:

  • Professor Grace Karskens, historian and archaeology professor
  • Lorraine Stacker, Emu Plains Convict Farm historian
  • Steve Ford, historical land researcher
  • State Records archivist

DATE: Saturday 31 August
TIME: 10am-4pm
LOCATION: Peter Goodfellow Theatrette, Penrith City Library
COST: $25 per person, book via Eventbrite.

Family History Fair

Learn how to begin researching your family history and the local area from professional researchers. Bring along your personal family history project and gain some assistance on where to go next.

DATE: Saturday 31 August
TIME: 10am-4pm
LOCATION: Lower lounge of the Penrith City Library
COST: FREE – Bookings are not required.

For more information, please contact the Library Research Services Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..