Parkes Library closed due to flood damage repairs

CLOSED: The Parkes Shire Library will remain closed because of flood damage repairs, with hopes of it reopening in February.
CLOSED: The Parkes Shire Library will remain closed because of flood damage repairs, with hopes of it reopening in February.

The Parkes Library and Cultural Centre, including the new Parkes Country Universities Centre, will remain closed to carry out the flood damage repairs after January 2's severe storm.

Repairs have commenced and Parkes Shire Council's Director of Planning and Environment, Brendan Hayes said they are hoping to reopen on Monday, February 15 at 9.30am.

Despite the closure of the facility, the library still has the following services available:

  • Online collection for all members - eBooks, eAudiobooks, Beamafilm, emagazines, StoryBox, Computer School, and much more.
  • Library programs - keep an eye on the Parkes Shire Libraries Facebook page for details on where programs and activities will be held.
  • Local and family history enquiries via phone or email - 6861 2339 or dan.fredericks@parkes.nsw.gov.au.
  • Returns chute is available at the Bogan Street entrance - there are no overdue fines and current loans can be kept past the due dates until the library reopens.
  • One computer will be made available for free public use at Parkes Shire Council's Administration Office at 2 Cecile Street, Parkes. This includes accessing the internet and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Use will be limited to 30 minutes - bookings can be made by calling 6861 2333.

"The Parkes Library is an integral hub for our community, and it is disappointing to see the doors closed as a result of the recent storm," Cultural, Education and Library Services Manager Kerryn Jones said.

"We look forward to being able to reopen this fantastic space for our community members to enjoy again."

Although the Parkes Country Universities Centre (CUC) is closed, centre manager Jacob Cass is still available to assist students to navigate their study options for 2021.

Head to the CUC Parkes Facebook for more details.

The branch libraries at Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore will continue to operate as normal.