Kempsey Shire Libraries

Kempsey Library coronavirus impacts

Kempsey, Stuarts Point and South West Rocks libraries returned to normal operating hours. Residents will be able to borrow and return items, use self-service on computers and the photocopier whilst maintaining social distancing and public hygiene.

  • Kempsey: 10am-5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-noon Saturday.
  • South West Rocks: 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm) Tuesday to Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday.
  • Stuarts Point: 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm) Tuesday and Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday.
  • The branch at Hat Head remains closed.

There is a 1 hour 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.

NSW Health has updated the COVID-19 Safety Plan for Libraries  and it is now a mandatory requirement for libraries to record the details of visitors for contact tracing purposes.

Author talk with Sir Peter Cosgrove

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Join General Sir Peter Cosgrove in conversation with Richard Glover at 7pm on Monday 30 November as he discusses his extraordinarily full and eventful life detailed in his new memoir You Shouldn’t Have Joined.

General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, CVO, MC is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier, he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the very top of his profession, becoming Chief of the Defence Force. In 2014, Cosgrove became Australia’s Governor General.

This free author talk is a NSW Public Libraries Association collaboration. Numbers are limited for this free virtual event and bookings are essential. Register via Eventbrite  and you will receive a Zoom link to join the meeting (please remember to download and install Zoom if you haven't already).

Once you are registered you will also have the opportunity to submit questions for General Sir Peter Cosgrove and will receive an exclusive link via email to purchase signed copies of his new memoir.

Furniture repair workshop

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Is there a piece of furniture you love that is becoming well worn? Well, don't throw it out, fix it!

At 3pm Saturday 28 November join the team from Bower Reuse and Repair Centre online for a 1 hour session where they will walk you through the basics of furniture care, woodwork restoration and repair. Plus you have the chance to ask your own questions and get support from the experts!

The session is being presented by Bowers Reuse and Repair Centre, through MidWaste Regional Waste Forum, and in partnership with Kempsey Shire Library, Coffs Harbour Libraries and MidCoast Libraries.

This workshop will take place on Zoom and you will need a Zoom account to participate. To book into the session go to 

Summer Reading Club starts 1 December

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The Summer Reading Club is a program that encourages participants (ages 3-18) to read, create and try out new things during the school holidays.

This summer’s theme is Tales of Wonder. Every child that signs up between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021 gets a free sign up pack that includes lots of activities, goodies and more.

Every book, comic, graphic novel and eBook that they read (or have read aloud to them) during the program goes towards filling in their reading record sheet.

Once they have read 10 titles they will go in the running to win some wonderful prizes. There’s lots of fun to be had being part of the SRC (especially our special wrap-up party).

Join the Library today!

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.

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Library services now available via a new app

Thanks to a new app, you can now access Kempsey Shire Library’s catalogue, renew and reserve books, use self-checkout, access the e-Library, find out what’s on, and more.

To get started all you need to do is:

  • Search for the Mid North Coast Library App via the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android
  • Use your Library membership number and password to set up your account and start browsing

For more information and support with using the app contact Kempsey Library on 6566 3210 or or send an email to

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