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Culcairn Library


Welcome to the Culcairn Library

Culcairn Library The Culcairn Library is a branch Library of the Riverina Regional Library. The Culcairn Library offers an extensive range of collection resources including, fiction, nonfiction, talking books, DVD's, magazines and CD's. As a member of the Culcairn Library members are able to borrow items from any library within the Riverina Regional Library which include the following Branch Libraries, Ariah Park,  Adelong, Batlow, Coolamon, Henty, Cootamundra, Gundagai, Junee, Temora, Tumut and Wagga Wagga.

Become a member and borrow up to 20 items per month

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday           8.30am  -    5.00pm

Saturday                    10.00am  -  12.30 pm

Contact Details

Culcairn Library

40 Balfour Street


P: 02 6029 8588

F: 02 6029 8607

E: Contact us culcairn.library@greaterhume.nsw.gov.au

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Storytime at the Culcairn Library

Storytime is held at the Culcairn Library on the first Friday of each month (except during school holiday).  Culcairn Library Storytime dates and themes for 2015


You can renew  and borrowed items online with your library card, over the phone or at your local library or any other Riverina Regional Library. 
There is also an after hours return bin located at the front of the Culcairn Library. 
Public access computers are available for free for all members of the Library. Charges apply for non-members. Printing, faxing, photocopying services are also available for a fee.
Free music and magazine downloads now available from your local library

Your local library is already the place to go for for free books, DVD's, eBooks and eAudio books and now you can download free music and digital magazines to keep! The Riverina Regional Library - all 18 branches and 2 mobile libraries - has begun to use the Freegal Music Service, a very popular international service that offers library customers access to songs from a very large offering that includes Sony Music's catalogue of legendary artists. Freegal allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds and thousands of songs that library members can download for free.     “Members of the Riverina Regional Library can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each week, at no direct cost, via
www.rrl.nsw.gov.au/elibrary, and the library will underwrite the purchase of the music,” Amy Heap, Outreach and Promotions Co-ordinator of the Riverina Regional Library said.

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community.”
For magazine lovers the launch of Zinio, a digital magazine collection, is great news.
“Library members will now be able to download and read magazines on their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device”, Ms Heap explained.
“Hundreds of titles are now available to download and read offline using the free Zinio Reader app. There is no limit to how many people can borrow a magazine at once, and once you have downloaded it, it’s yours until you want to delete it – no loans, reserves or dates to return items by.

The summer holidays are a great time for relaxing with books, movies and music and if you are going away, downloading them onto your devices is a fabulous way to save space in your luggage!
“Print books and magazines are still enormously popular and if you are going away over summer, you might like to download some of the Riverina Regional Library’s eResources from www.rrl.nsw.gov.au/elibrary, wherever you are, any time of the day,” Ms Heap added.


 Culcairn Library Newsletter

The Culcairn Library Newsletter is published each month and highlights programs and services available at the Henty Library. Further information provided in the newsletter is information regarding Riverina Regional Library fees and charges, databases and programs happening within the region.

Click here to download the latest newsletter. 


Go Electronic!

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·         Courtesy due date reminders

·         Reservation pick up notices

·         First overdue notices

More from your Library at home

Your local library is a great place to go for free books, magazines, reading advice and quality information, as well as programs and events for people of all ages, but did you know that your library is much bigger than the building it lives in, and you don’t have to leave home to visit? The Riverina Regional Library has a digital branch, an eLibrary, that you can access from anywhere you have an Internet connection, either at home or out and about on your mobile devices.

For some time now, library members have been enjoying eBooks, eAudio books, digital magazines and free music downloads as well as access to quality information online, and now the eLibrary is growing with some exciting new products.

·         Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques: The print version of Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques has long been a very popular library resource, but they stopped printing it after the 2010 edition and now it is updated online only. All antiques and collectables in the database include a professionally photographed image, and have been sourced from actual auction sales in Australia and New Zealand. When prompted, select Riverina Regional Library as your home library and enter your library card number to find out what antiques are selling for, from home.

·         Libraries’ DVD collections are very popular and now you can stream independent documentaries and feature films via beamafilm, an independent movie streaming site created by filmmakers, distributors and video on demand specialists. Beamafilm is unique for its collection of signature Australian documentaries and indie features from around the world, many which are only available through beamafilm. All you need is your library card and you can discover a treasure trove of old and new cinematic delight to make you think and keep you entertained.

·         Story Box Library features engaging online stories aimed at Australian pre-school and primary school aged children. A range of Australian storytellers – actors, musicians, authors, comedians, parents and teenagers read great Aussie stories with different themes, for different age groups. The stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun! Great for watching on your tablet or phone whenever a story is needed, to help nurture a love of reading throughout childhood and beyond.

·         Good Reading Online is an Australian resource with information on “Everything About Books” including thousands of easy to read independent book reviews and lots of interesting Australian and International articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.

·         Spine Out is a new, exciting online magazine for young adults, brought to us by the Good Reading team. It’s a special place for young adults to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

 Your local library has computers you can use if you don’t have your own, and keep an eye out for sessions to help you get more out of your own devices.  Whether you visit our physical or virtual library branches, there is something for everyone.


Library lovers response overwhelming – approaching 20,000 signatures and more to come!

 The call to library lovers throughout NSW to support a campaign to bring the state-wide funding crisis for public libraries to the attention of the state government has received overwhelming support from the community.  It is expected that 20,000 signatures petitioning the state government to take action will have been collected by the end of May, with many more signatures flowing in to the NSW Public Libraries Associations as the campaign gains momentum. 

Local communities and passionate supporters of public libraries have rallied to the cause in both metropolitan and country areas. The majority of local councils throughout the state have also formally endorsed the campaign in an effort to address the overall decrease in state funding for public libraries as a proportion of local government spending on libraries.  

The campaign has also attracted the support of some well-known personalities such as writers Kathy Lette and Nadia Wheatley, and comedian Tom Ballard who have strenuously advocated on behalf of public libraries.

This week (19 – 25 May) Library and Information Week is being celebrated. However, it is clear that public libraries in NSW will have little to celebrate unless we see some tangible action in the next NSW budget, according to Councillors Graham Smith and Veronique Marchandeau, who represent country and metropolitan public libraries in NSW.  

Libraries are often the most well-used and valued public facilities in the community, but the ability of local councils to maintain service levels may be at risk due to deteriorating State funding. This is an historic issue that has now reached a crisis point and it is clear that the existing funding model is just not sustainable, Councillor Smith said. He indicated that the petitions will be tabled in the NSW Parliament in weeks to come, but more signatures were required to demonstrate to the government how important public libraries are to local communities.


More information about the public library funding issue and how you can help can be found at www.nswpla.org.au .


Loaning Sony e-readers to the Culcairn and Henty community

The Culcairn and Henty Libraries are now able to loan out Sony e-readers to members of the community. The purpose is to allow borrowers to test drive an e-reader. It is not for borrowers to download their own content or borrow from our eLibrary. The e-readers have the following loan conditions.  Loan period four weeks with a one-week renewal allowed and reservations are available. Contact staff at the Culcairn Library on P: 02 60298588 or  Henty Library P: 02 6929 3770 for further information.


Culcairn Library After School Study Club

Every Tuesday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm, commencing 17 February 2015
Afternoon tea provided. Cost $2.00
Key objectives of the program
To assist and support students in primary and high school
Provide a quiet and safe place to study away from home distraction.
Provide modern technology and resources
The provision of access to a range of library resources
Please contact the Culcairn Library on 6029 8588 to register

Premier's Reading Challenge

It is time for the Premier's Reading Challenge to kick off in 2015 in March. Although your school library administraters the Premier's Reading Challenge, our branch libraries hold many of the titles listed, so we can help you reach your reading target. You can search our Web OPAC at www.rrl.nsw.gov.au for titles using the keywords Premier's Reading Challenge and the level/subject interest you need.
Some of our branch libraries have a special area dedicated to the Challenge to make selection even easier.

Free Wifi now available at the Culcairn Library


Now available at the Culcairn Library - WiFi Hotspot. You will be able to bring along your internet devices and have free internet access on the WiFi system. Download and time limits apply. See staff for access or contact staff on 6029 8588.



E-books and E-audiobooks

1,950 Bolinda E-book titles have been added to the Riverina Regional Library Data Base. Happy Reading

These are now available at the Culcairn Library from the Riverina Regional Library Catalogue. Simply go to www.rrl.nsw.gov.au, select the e-library link and select either Wheelers Plateform E-books or Bolinda e-audio books. follow the instructions and enjoy reading or listening to your e-resources.

Titles available for free download cover fiction, biographies, lifestyle writing and stories for young adult. The whole family is sure to find the perfect title to download anytime, anywhere from the RRL website.


Previous Culcairn monthly newsletters

December January 2013

February 2013 

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013  

 July 2013

 September 2013

 October 2013

 November 2013

 December 2013

 February 2013