Celebrating 70 years of Penrith Library

Monday, 23 April 2018

On 22 April 1948, Penrith’s first free public library opened its doors.

Whether you're a regular, you've never been or you're somewhere in between - celebrate Penrith Library's 70th anniversary with us by visiting your local library branch and find out what the local library can offer you.

Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said this was a significant milestone for the Library and the broader community.

"Public libraries have always been an important part of societies and communities," Cr Thain said.

"We've all heard it said that the printed word is dying and libraries are irrelevant in the modern age, but the contrary is true," he said.

"Libraries have always been more than just a building filled with books. They have educated us, provided a place for the community to thrive, and brought everyone who visited them the purest joy - a good book.

"Like most things, public libraries have evolved along with the rest of society and are very different places today. There are still books, but there are also computers, DVDs and even children's toys.

"And now you can even visit the library without leaving the comfort of your own home, using their extensive online collection," Cr Thain continued.

Penrith Council has three public library branches, located in Penrith, St Marys and St Clair. You can borrow books, DVDs and toys, and you can also surf the internet, study, meet friends and new people, enjoy storytime with your kids, join an art class or hear an author talk.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Monday, 23 April 2018.