Remembrance 1914-1918

Posted on June 17, 2015. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , , , , , , |

Love our poppies at Springwood!

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Also at Blaxland and Katoomba and some to come at Wentworth Falls and Blackheath.

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Poetry Under the Stars – Video Documentation

Posted on December 20, 2013. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Poetry | Tags: , , , |

‘Poetry Under the Stars’ was a big success again this year – this video shows some of the highlights from the night, including the music, poets and Open Mike sessions. Great work everyone!

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Joy Ware – Family History Author Talk

Posted on September 5, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: , |


Join us next Thursday 12 September from 2pm at Katoomba Library to hear Joy Ware share about her book, Altnachree: An Irish castle, a family and a man with a passion. This title fits in nicely with our September reading theme – HistoryRead. Part biography, family history and local history all mixed into one, this book tells the story of Joy’s ancestors and their grand family home, Altnachree Castle, which is now an old ruin located in County Tyrone, Ireland.

Joy will be sharing about her journey across Australia, Ireland and even the USA as she chased down the details of her family history for this intriguing book. Find out about the joys and trials of researching your family history, as well as the challenges of the self-publication process.

Copies of Joy’s book will be available for sale on the day. Afternoon tea provided.

Bookings are appreciated for this FREE event, contact Katoomba Library on 4780 5750.

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Feedback on the New Katoomba Library

Posted on February 22, 2013. Filed under: 1 | Tags: |

I’ve been trying to find time to do this for ages.

Katoomba Library has a book where customers have been able to make comment on their new building. Here’s what they’ve had to say . . .


Awesome and fun – Connor 🙂

Very Jacque Tati (sic) (french comedian, see film ‘Mon Oncle’), but much better than the old one, however, not very disability friendly (vision impairment disabilities).

What a brilliant environment to encourage all ages to keep their minds active in a truly positive way and in such comfort. Congratulatons – Christine

You have great books and a good view – Casper


It’s great but you need more/bigger/betetr signs on Katoomba Street – Chris

This place is beautiful!

Well done! About time we had a modern library  for the upper mountains community.

Brilliant – love the colour and space – and the children’s area – Margie Tull

A vision splendid-they’ve done us proud! I t really was a joy to walk into Katoomba’s newly opened Cultural Centre when it opened on Saturday. Full of light, the library is airy and spacious – a most inviting place for local people and visitors alike. The library is well designed for ease of movement around books, magazines, computers and other areas. There are various seating areas and tables for quiet reading, social gatherings and study purposes, some tucked away unobtrusively. Also, really impressed with design and use of wood and colour, in feature walls and seating. a far cry from my very first library experience in NZ when I was a child – a generous older couple persuaded the ministry of works authorities to provide a hut for a community library. The hut was about the size of a small bedroom with a kind of tiny vestibule entry. The couple ‘staffed’ the hut two or three afternoons a week and sometimes on Saturdays.  Libraries bring so much benefit to communities – Katoomba’s new library will do so over years to come. Last, not least, the Art Gallery is a delight. Bouquets and appreciation to Blue Mountains City Coucil, Vicki Edmunds and library staff.

Gorgeous, stylish, human-scale 🙂


The new library is OK

I am blown away by this! Amazing.

I love it. My new library 🙂

Ditto – Iris

An extraordinary wonderful space in our mystical mountains – Melanie Weine


I am so delighted – gorgeous design features! – As a resident I am always using our library (even when old one flooded continually) But this is a gem. Thank you – P

Lovely BUT I think the desk should be higher – librarians on stools as everyone is getting up and down from chairs – very tiring for all?

Pleased but it is too loud & echoey. And the children’s area is where people want quiet.


That’s all for now I think. HC

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Blast from the past? or not…

Posted on May 29, 2012. Filed under: Fun Stuff, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

Came across this in the BMCC Library Staff Newsletter October 1988 (a prized Local Studies item)


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Progress at the New Katoomba Library

Posted on January 23, 2012. Filed under: 1 | Tags: |

This is how things looked last week :

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Progress on the new Katoomba Cultural Centre and Library

Posted on October 20, 2011. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: |

Our fearless leader had a special treat on her birthday last week and was able to make a visit to the site of the new Katoomba Cultural Centre and Library.

Vicki standing in front of the lift to the mezzanine level

Vicki standing on the viewing platform and looking back across the Library
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Public Internet Service Outage at Katoomba Library

Posted on May 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

The public internet service at Katoomba Library is in the process of being upgraded to ADSL2, in line with that currently offered at Springwood Library. This work will be undertaken on Friday 5 June 2009. Consequently, there will be no public computers available at Katoomba Library all day.

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