Kempsey Shire Libraries

Kempsey Library coronavirus impacts

From Wednesday 1 July, Kempsey, Stuarts Point and South West Rocks libraries will be open for all services subject to some restrictions. The branch at Hat Head remains closed. Restrictions include reduced hours, limitations on the number of people inside at once and time limits on some services.

Use of the library is subject to strict enforcement of public health guidelines including social distancing and public hygiene. The opening hours are:

  • Kempsey Branch: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
  • South West Rocks Branch: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
  • Stuarts Point Branch: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

There is a 30 minute time limit on the use of computers, with only every second machine in use. Seating and tables are available but social distancing is being enforced.

Library services are still available online and over the phone. The Library’s digital collection remains open with expanded services. Members can access books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, films and music online from anywhere.

Become a member

We are now able to provide free provisional online membership of the library to residents of the Kempsey Shire Council area. Fill in the online application form on the Mid North Coast Co-operative Library Service website and you will be able to access our online library services.

Display of graphic novels and manga books

New graphic novels and manga for young adults

The layout of the young adult section at Kempsey Library has been reconfigured to provide an even better space for young people to sit and read or study.

It’s currently overflowing with some awesome new books, graphic novels and manga. 

If you can’t visit the library during opening hours, you can reserve items on the library’s website or by phoning 6566 3210 and talking to a staff member.

Watch classical music, opera and dance videos free logo

The world’s leading classical music channel,, is now avaibale through your local library!’s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including:

  • concerts and archived historical concerts;
  • operas;
  • ballets;
  • documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs;
  • master classes.

More than 100 live events are broadcast each year, in partnership with the world’s most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions.

To access all you need to do is:

  1. Go to 
  2. Select ‘Log in’
  3. Enter Institution: Mid North Coast Library Service
  4. Enter your Kempsey Library card number and your in!


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indyreads™ provides access to Australian independent publishers, community publications and self-published material delivered by State Library of NSW via an online platform.

indyreads provides access to a statewide collection of independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles in eBook and eAudio format.

The content includes fiction, biography and true crime, humanities, health, society and culture. The platform also contains a collection of material in languages other than English which will appeal to a multicultural audience.

You will need Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, or the Odilo/Indyreads app from GooglePlay  or AppleAppStore 

Visit indyreads 

Libby by Overdrive

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Libby is the new app that allows library members to borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for free using your smartphone! It has the same collection of titles as the OverDrive app, it’s just a different way to access the same digital library collection.

With Libby you can:

  • Download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab
  • Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices
  • Sample any book with a tap - nothing to download or delete

To get started visit our Libby page 

Like to learn a new language? - go Mango

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Would you like to learn a foreign language fast or just refresh your language skills then Kempsey Library is the place to go. Mango is an online language learning software that uses a fun and effective flashcard-type method to help learn the basics of your chosen language. The software is extremely easy to navigate, as soon as you open the program you can choose your chapter and begin.

It is a self-paced learning system with a focus on simplicity. It was designed for anyone to start using, without the need for a help manual. Mango teaches actual conversational skills for practical communication. You’ll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and culture, you’ll learn how to communicate. The software also includes cultural notes especially geared towards travellers who may be unfamiliar with a culture or its customs.

Start learning a new language today 

Read an eMagazine

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RBdigital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Our library’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles.

  • Online reading: Instantly read all current and backlist magazines on desktop and mobile browsers
  • Mobile apps: Download and read magazines on 95% of today’s mobile devices
  • Backlist: Grow your collection and build a digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading
  • Easy browsing and checkout: Browse your library’s collection by newest issue, keyword search, genre and language to find your favorites and to discover new reading interests

To read magazines visit our RBdigital page 

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author talks, book sales, workshops, children’s events and more in our monthly library eNewsletter.

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