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Library and Information Week at Coffs Harbour Libraries


Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community.

To Celebrate! Library and Information Week this year we asked our members what their favourite titles are. 

By sharing your top 10 favourite reads you helped us compile a list of our Library Lovers' Top 50 which we have now published and would love to share with everyone! We know our members love reading and we know you'll love sharing your reading joy with others too. 

Check out the full list on our Library Lovers Top 50 page.



As well as our Library Lovers' survey there are a range of activities running thourghout the week. To name just a few:

Monday May 22 - celebrate Australia's most borrowed books

Tuesday May 23 - National Library Technicians' Day

Wednesday May 24 - National Simultaneous Storytime - always a big day in the library calendar, this year we'll be reading "The tripped over the moon" by Tony Wilson. Join us at 11am at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library for a fun morning.

Thursday May 25 - Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea

Friday May 26 - Twitter Day


Library and Information Week is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries. For more information visit the ALIA web site.

Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:
  • find out about the wide range of services which local public and school libraries offer.
  • recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
  • debate our information future and government approaches to it.
  • emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work and personal life.

Did you know?

Libraries in Australia support the development of literacy and reading, education, business, the community and provide vital public internet access.

Each year, Australia's network of 1,500 public libraries, 9000 school libraries, 40 university libraries, 380 TAFE campus libraries and thousands of health, law and other special libraries assist us with a vast range of resources and services.

  • 10 million Australians are registered users of their local public library (around 46% of the population) and many more unregistered users.
  • 178 million loans occur in Australian public libraries each year.
  • Australian public libraries receive 110 million visits each year.
  • 11,600 internet computers are currently located in public libraries around Australia