All Ages Chess Club at the Library



Join in the game enjoyed by millions worldwide! Starting February 2 2019, Lithgow Library will be hosting an all ages chess club. Everyone is welcome, from beginner to champion.

Every Saturday from 2 February 2019 everyone is invited along to Lithgow Library to enjoy a morning of chess. Chess Club will run from 9.30am to 11.45am and multiple games can be played at a time, so no waiting! We welcome players of all skill levels, from beginner to champion and everyone in between. The club will be run by a volunteer who is keen to play, and teach new players about the game.

“The Lithgow Library is such a dynamic place to be,” said Mayor Ray Thompson. “They always have new and exciting programs that will appeal to people of all ages and interests.”

The Library will provide the chess sets for this free activity. A volunteer will be on hand to help those who have not played before and want to learn a new skill, or to help amateurs improve their knowledge of the game. All ages are welcome to come along to this new program, adult supervision is required for children under 8.

New Electronic Resources at Lithgow Library

Access Lithgow Library’s free new electronic resources – Beama Films, a movie and documentary streaming service and Ziptales an electronic educational and storytelling resource.

The convenience of electronic resources allows you to take the Library with you anywhere on your personal device. Our new streaming service, Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. The catalogue of movies has been carefully curated to include over 500 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. Many of the films can only be found on Beamafilm.

Ziptales is an online literacy website, custom built by digital publishers with a background in teaching. The Ziptales mission is to make reading fun for all primary age children. They offer over 550 modules of educational content. The online resources are broken up into a ‘Preschool’ section (ages 3-5), a ‘Developing Literacy’ section (ages 5-8), and an ‘Extending Literacy’ section, (Years 3 to 6, ages 8-12).

Ziptales contains a very large ‘library’ of over 300 stories which are all completely original and written by professional authors with a strong interest in education. The stories range from very simple texts at the beginner reader level, up to sophisticated narratives for older children. All Ziptales content is aligned to the National Curriculum and is designed for school, home and library use.

“It is great to see that in this digital era, Lithgow Library is moving with the times by providing exceptional online resources to the Lithgow community. I am also very pleased to see the emphasis on local content which helps us to better understand ourselves and our country” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

You will need to be a member of the library to access the resources, so if you aren’t currently a member drop into any of the branches at Lithgow, Portland or Wallerawang to join.  Membership is free and is open to all residents of the Lithgow Council area. For more information contact the Lithgow Library on 63529100.

Library Hours Over Christmas/New Year

Lithgow City Council advises that Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period.

Lithgow Library will be closed from 12.00pm Saturday 22 December and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 with the reduced opening hours of 9.00am to 2.00pm until Friday 4th of January. Normal hours will resume on Saturday 5 January 2019. Children’s Storytime will not be held during this period and will resume on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed from 6.00pm Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open at 10.00am on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

The book return chutes will remain open during the closure period at all libraries and members will be able to access our electronic resources, such as RB Digital, Haynes service manuals, Beama Film, and Ziptales, as well as Studiosity for students who will be studying during the school holidays. For more information on accessing these services please go to our website

All of our electronic resources do require a current library membership to access them so if you haven’t joined or renewed your membership recently then pop into any of the libraries before they close for the break.


Holiday Closures
















Lithgow Library Learning Centre would like to advise the community that the libraries at Lithgow, Portland and Wallerawang will be closed during the Christmas/New Year period.


Lithgow Library will be closed from 12pm Saturday 22 December until 9am Wednesday 2 January 2019. From the 2nd to 4th of January 2019 Lithgow Library opening hours will be 9am to 2pm. There will be no Storytime during this period. Normal hours will resume on Saturday 5 January 2019 and Storytime will resume on Wednesday 9 January 2019.


Portland and Wallerawang libraries will be closed from 6pm Friday 21 December 2018 until 10am Tuesday 8 January 2019.

summer hours for studiosity

Free online study help for our students

summer hours for studiosity











Lithgow Library Members are lucky to receive free access to Studiosity, for after-hours, one-to-one help with homework and study questions.

Studiosity Live will have reduced hours over the summer break, writing help will still be available 24/7. These reduced hours will be in place from 1 December 2018-14 December 2018, then again from 7 January 2019-31 January 2019. Normal hours will resume from February 1 2019. Studiosity Live help will be closed from 15 December 2018-6 January 2019.

 Reduced hours for 2018/2019 (AEDT):

7pm – 11pm Sunday – Friday: English, Maths, and Study Coach

7pm – 9pm Sunday – Thursday: Tertiary-exclusive subjects (Statistics, Accounting, Economics), Sciences and Commerce

Happy studying!

Please contact the library on 6352 9100 for more information.



Renew Our Libraries campaign

Libraries are a vital piece of social infrastructure for the people in our community as they:

  • Support literacy in young children
  • Bridge the digital divide
  • Foster social inclusion for newly arrived Australians
  • Serve as a meeting place for older Australians
  • Bring together people from all walks of life. Public libraries are a vital part of local community across the state – a focal point for people to access information and ideas.

Right now, our public libraries are facing a funding crisis – NSW public libraries receive over 35 million visits a year, but State recurrent funding has not increased to match the demand and in fact, was slashed by 5% in the 2018-19 State Budget.

Thanks to the efforts of councils and community supporters so far, the NSW government and Opposition have committed to providing millions in additional funding to NSW public libraries over four years from 2019 – but there’s more work to do.

While we welcome these commitments as an important first step, they only go part way to delivering the $94 million objective Renew Our Libraries set at the beginning of the campaign to ‘double the funding’.

These commitments cut off in 2023 and without indexation, do not deliver a long-term solution for funding public libraries. Funding will quickly fall behind, delivering another funding crisis for public libraries in the near future. This is a scenario the campaign aims to avoid.

That’s why it is critical that together with the community, all councils commit support to the Renew Our Libraries campaign and on 23 July 2018 Lithgow City Council made this commitment.

If you love your library it’s your turn to help Renew Our Libraries.  Follow the links to find out how you can support the campaign.


Christmas Storytime

Join us for our last Storytime of 2018, with that very special guest!

Storytime is a fun activity for young children and their carers which is held each Wednesday at Lithgow Library where we sing, dance, read stories and make a fun craft afterwards.

Join us for our last Storytime of 2018 on Wednesday 19 December at 10:30am with special guest reader Santa! Our favourite jolly man in red will bring some treats for the children, read some stories, and help us sing our songs. He will then head back to the North Pole while we decorate our small wooden Christmas trees.

“Christmas is such a magical time of the year and the annual Santa Storytime at Lithgow Library is always enjoyed by all who attend,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

For more information about this free event please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.


Summer Reading Club

Now in its ninth year, Lithgow Library’s Summer Reading Club is back! Sign up at any branch Library to join in the fun.

Australian Summer Reading Club is an annual program that supports continued development of multi-literacy skills in children and young people, including reading, writing, creative arts and multimedia technology skills during the summer months.

Reading is an essential skill for everyone and is the vital foundation of a child’s learning and engagement in their school years and for life. Libraries are not only invested in supporting the development of early literacy skills of children from birth, they are also keen advocates of sustaining literacy and promoting the importance of recreational reading across all ages, particularly during the summer months. This is why the Summer Reading Club program is a free public program offered online and in libraries across Australia.

Lithgow Library is once again inviting all kids to join the SRC. Sign up at any branch to receive your free activity booklet, read 10 or more books over the summer and return your reading list to go into the draw to win our major prize! The summer reading club runs from 1 December 2018 until 31 January 2019, reading lists must be returned to Lithgow Library by 5pm 31 January 2019 to be eligible for the prize draw.

“Reading is such a vital life skill, this is a great initiative to gets kids reading for enjoyment,” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

For more information about this free event please contact Lithgow Library on 02 6352 9100.


Seniors Festival Art Competition – The Art of Aging

To celebrate Seniors Festival 2019, Lithgow Library is hosting a senior’s art competition with great prizes to be awarded!

The 2019 Seniors Festival will be from Wednesday 13 – Sunday 24 February. Every year the NSW Seniors Festival encourages seniors to be active, social and healthy. The festival provides seniors with the opportunity to get involved in their communities and enjoy all the benefits that come from that participation.

As part of Lithgow’s Seniors Festival 2019, Lithgow Library is inviting seniors to submit an artwork for our inaugural art competition.  Any medium may be used, participants must be aged 50+ and all artworks must be delivered to the Library by Tuesday 29 January 2019 to be considered. All artworks will be displayed in the Library for the month of February. Great prizes will be awarded to the winners as decided by the judges.

“The Seniors Festival is a great way to encourage participation in the community and community events,” said Mayor Ray Thompson, “I encourage all dabblers to get the brushes out and show us what you can do.”

The theme for the competition is “The Art of Aging”. Show us what it feels like being a senior. For more information please contact Lithgow Library on 6352 9100 or

Movember 2018

With the state of men’s health in crisis, Movember focuses on men’s health in a bid to reduce the number of men dying needlessly each year.

Movember aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Since Movember first started in Australia in 2003, the foundation has grown to fund more than 1,200 men’s health initiatives across 21 countries.

Lithgow Library will be hosting an informal speaker session with guest speakers who will cover men’s health, local resources and services for men. Speakers include Dr John Dearin discussing men’s health; Terry Tonkin from the Lithgow Men’s Shed; and Tim from Tough Grind Barbers. The session will be followed by a light lunch. Lithgow’s ukulele group, The Leles, will also perform.

“This is a great opportunity for men to reach out and find out more about local services and opportunities. It is important to shine a light on issues that previously have been brushed aside and kept in the dark, ” said Mayor Ray Thompson.

The Movember information morning will be held at Lithgow Library on Tuesday 6 November at 10.00am. Please RSVP for catering purposes. For more information about this free event please call Lithgow Library on 6352 9100.