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September 29, 2023

It all began in Lismore and Ballina – celebrating 50 years of local libraries

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The first Lismore Library at Carrington Street Lismore. Photo supplied

Libraries are not just a place to get a book they are so much more. They are places where we can access local history, where young children go for story time (and parents for a moment’s break and adult conversation) and they have evolved to provide audio books as well as access to the world wide web aka the internet.

The spark for the Richmond Tweed Regional Library (RTRL) came on 5 November 1973 when the Lismore City Council and Ballina Shire Council agreed to a joint provision of library services across our region and Richmond Tweed Regional Library was born.

‘It wasn’t long after, that Tweed, Byron, and Mullumbimby Councils joined

the successful model which went on to become one of the largest regional library services in NSW,’ Regional Library Manager, Lucy Kinsley said.

The Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries currently provide access to knowledge, information, and entertainment to more than 200,000 Northern Rivers residents through its 12 static branches and a mobile library.

 ‘Over the years, the face of the library has transformed. Buildings have changed and staff have come and gone, having provided their own unique and invaluable contribution to this essential public service. Libraries are bustling, dynamic community meeting places, open to everyone. They’re filled with progressive minds and exciting opportunities. The success of our regional library service is due to the staff and the community,’ Ms Kinsley said. 

RTRL staff and family – past and present – are invited to express their interest in attending an official celebration in Ballina on Sunday 12 November 2023. Please email: rt[email protected] and more information will be provided.

‘In 2023, we say thank you to our supportive Councils, library users, communities, and staff. It’s the perfect time to visit your local library and help us celebrate by sharing your library experience,’ said Ms Kinsley.

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  1. I believe, if you do some research you will find the Grafton library precedes this event by more the one hundred years.
    The original lending library opened January 28, 1867, The South Grafton branch opened in 1922 and Iluka, Maclean, Yamba, Bellingen, Dorrigo and Urunga have all been serviced under it’s umbrella.
    It would be more correct to state “the successful model which went on to become one of the largest regional library services in NSW, ” was based on the good work started on the Clarence River.
    Cheers, G”)


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