Kempsey Shire Libraries

Libraries closed until further notice

Kempsey Shire Council has made the difficult decision to close Kempsey Library and its branches in Hat Head, Stuarts Point and South West Rocks indefinitely due to coronavirus. This also means all scheduled library events and activities are cancelled until further notice.

Library services are still available online and over the phone. The Library’s digital collection remains open for the community to use with expanded e-book, audio and video collections. Members can access books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, films and music online and in the comfort of their home.

A ‘Click and Collect’ service is being introduced at Kempsey, South West Rocks and Stuarts Point branches enabling members to reserve books which will then be made available for contactless collection. The service will commence on Thursday 14 May, beginning with members who had reserves waiting before the shutdown.

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.

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Click & Collect

From Thursday 14 May, a new Click & Collect service will be introduced at Kempsey and South West Rocks branches. The service will commence with members who had reserves waiting before the shutdown, but will then expand to new reservations from Monday 18 May.

If you are a member, simply reserve the titles you would like to borrow using the link below. Once an order is placed the items will be packed and labelled by staff and placed in a contactless chute for collection at Kempsey Library and at the front door of South West Rocks Library.

You will then be notified that they are ready for collection. Members can then collect their items in the pick up windows between 10am-12 noon and 2pm-4pm.

 Deliveries will also recommence for members registered to the housebound service.

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National Emergency Library

The US-based National Emergency Library, is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Free until 30 June.


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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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Stay up-to-date with library news including
author talks, book sales, workshops, children's events and more in our monthly library eNewsletter.

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