Penrith City Library
601 High Street, corner of High Street and Castlereagh Road, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
    Opening hours
  Monday-Friday 9.00 a.m.- 8.00 p.m.
  Saturday 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
  Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
  Research Room Monday - Sunday 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

    Children's Programs
  Storytime for Preschoolers Wednesday 10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m.
  BabyTime 10.30 a.m. to 11.15 a.m. Babytime sessions are run every second Thursday. Please see staff for dates
  Toy Library
  • Wednesday 10 a.m - 12 noon
  • Saturday 10 a.m - 12 noon

  • Note: Storytime for Preschoolers does not operate during school holidays.

        Justice of the Peace
      Tuesday 9.30 a.m. to 12. p.m.
      Wednesday 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
      Thursday 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      Friday 11.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
      Telephone: Within Australia - (02) 4732.7891 | From overseas +61 2 47327891
      Postal Address: PO Box 60, Penrith, New South Wales, 2751
      TTY: 02 4731 2201
      Fax: Within Australia - (02) 4732 7540 | From overseas +61 2 47327540

    General Information
    Penrith Library is the central branch of the Penrith City Library service and is the largest of the branches. Covering an area of approximately 3,000 square metres, the Library takes up at least one third of Penrith City Council's Civic Centre which was officially opened on Saturday, 28th May, 1994, by His Excellency Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC, Governor of New South Wales.

    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 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. 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 (theatre seating arrangement; or 30 people in table conference mode) is available for hire.
    For details

      Check out and check in terminals:
    The Penrith branch has four self serve checkout 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, as well as other Office products such as Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint. Supports Internet Explorer and Open Office software.
      Wi-Fi access
    A free service available to all library visitors, both library members and non members of the library to use on their own laptops and portable internet devices.
      Interactive educational games for children
    Terminals 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 Monitor System.
      Printing charges from PCs:
  • B/W A4 - 25c
  • Colour A4 - 50c
  •   Printing charges from photocopiers:
  • B/W A4 - 25c | B/W A3 - 40c
  • Colour A4 - 50c | Colour A3 - 80c
  •   Scanning:
  • Only available from photocopiers to USB: Free service
  •   Microfilm/Microfiche:
  • Film page images scanned to PC for printing or transferring to USB.
  • Disability Access Equipment
    A range of equipment is available for public use.
      Hearing Mats
      Smartview Magnifier -- to magnify your letters, photos, forms, newspapers.
      Magnifying sheet -- A plastic magnifying sheet for use with PC screens.
      The Poet Reader -- Scans letters, newspaper, books or magazine and reads it back to you
      PC Screen Reading Programs
    JAWS (Job Access With Speech)
    Microsoft screen reader software program for visually impaired users. It provides the user with access to the information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer.
    MaGic Screen Magnification
    Magic is a computer program that allows people with vision impairment to magnify the screen to suit their needs. Size ranging from X2 to X16.
    A Digital Page Reader program which scans typed documents and transfers them to the computer to be read. Editing of documents is possible but OpenBook will not scan images. Once the scan is completed, OpenBook automatically starts reading the document, which appears on the screen. OpenBook highlights each word as it is being read and will continue to read until the end of the document.
      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.
  • Branches
    St. Marys
    St. Clair