Services and Programs


For more information about the Libraries' services and programs click on the following links:


Lending Services


Reference and Information

 


Local Studies

Ever wondered how Terminus Street in Castle Hill got its name? Why are the Mobbs family remembered in the area? Looking for somewhere local for a bushwalk? Interested in our local flora and fauna? All this and more at your local branch. 

Access Hills Voices Online- a collection of oral history recordings that have been professionally recorded, and excerpts digitised, transcribed, illustrated and placed on the web together with videos and virtual tours, to showcase our cultural heritage to the world. DVD circulation copies of this site are also available for loan from our libraries.

 


 

Home Library Service 

 Home Library Service

 


 

Children's Programs 

Pre-school Storytime

Storytimes for preschoolers are held during school terms at all branches. These lively sessions are a great way to introduce preschoolers to a love of books.

 

Baulkham Hills Tuesday & Friday 11.00am
Carlingford Wednesday & Friday 10.30am
Castle Hill Tuesday & Wednesday 10.30am & 11.15am
Dural Wednesday 11.00am
Rouse Hill Tuesday & Friday 10.30am

 

  • Please note: due to space restrictions participant numbers are limited at Castle Hill and Rouse Hill
  • Special group visits are welcome by appointment at any branch

 

Baby Bounce

Come in and share in nursery rhymes, action songs and fingerplays with your baby. Baby Bounce sessions for 0-2 year olds and their carers are held during school terms at:

 

Baulkham Hills
Thursday
10.30am
Carlingford Thursday 10.30am
Castle Hill Thursday 2.00pm
Rouse Hill
Wednesday & Thursday
10.30am

 

Other Childrens Programs

  • Year One Frog Club is an annual program run specifically for children in Year One. Aimed at encouraging reading at this crucial stage.The program usually runs from March to November each year.
  • The Summer Reading Club runs over the summer school holidays for children from 5 to 15 years old.
  • School Holiday Activities are run during most school holidays. Details will be available on the event calendar.

 

Resources for Parents

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Seminar Program

The library runs a number of seminars throughout the year on a wide variety of subjects with interesting and informative guest speakers. For information on current seminars contact your local branch or to the event calendar.


 

Book Clubs

Come along to one of the book clubs held at each of five libraries. Each club has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with lots of laughs. All welcome. For meeting exact meeting dates please see the event calendar

 

Baulkham Hills

When: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 10.30am


Join us to share your love of reading and discuss a wide range of books.

 

Carlingford 

When: 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 11am

 

Select any book, read it, write a book review and discuss the book at the next meeting.

 

Castle Hill- Friends of the Hills Library Book Club

Become a Friend of the Hills Library to join the discussion. Find out how to join.

When: 1st Thursday of the month
Time: 10.30am


Dural- THIS BOOK CLUB IS AT CAPACITY

When:

1st Friday of the month

Time:

10.00am

 

A casual friendly discussion group where chatting, laughter and morning tea are all on the agenda. Enquiries for titles to be discussed, please phone Dural Library on 9651 2627.


Rouse Hill

When: 2nd Thursday of every month
Time: 7.30pm

 

Read one book per month and join in a group discussion at the next meeting. Enquiries for titles to be discussed, please phone Vinegar Hill Memorial Library on 8889 5200.

 

The Hills Online Book Club

Do you want to be part of an online book club? Take a look at the Library's online book club and post a review.

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Knitting and Craft Groups

Come along and join a friendly, informal group and learn a new craft. Bring 4mm needles and wool. Donations of wool accepted at every branch, these donations are used to knit blankets for charity. For meeting exact meeting dates click here.

 

Baulkham Hills Yarn on a Stick or Two

When:

Fortnightly on Thursdays

Time:

11.15am -12.00pm

 

 
Carlingford Yarn on a Stick or Two

When: Fortnightly on Tuesdays
Time: 10.00am -12pm

 

Dural Yarn on a Stick or Two

When: Fortnightly on Wednesdays
Time: 10.00am -12pm

 

Get Crafty at Castle Hill

If you’re interested in anything craft related, beginner or expert, come along and meet people with similar interests at the Get Crafty Group. You could learn or teach someone a new craft such as needlepoint, quilting or knitting.FREE- (please bring own materials)

When: Every Monday during school terms
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm

 

Get Crafty at Rouse Hill

If you’re interested in anything craft related, beginner or expert, come along and meet people with similar interests at the Get Crafty Group. You could learn or teach someone a new craft such as needlepoint, quilting or knitting.FREE- (please bring own materials)

When: Every 3rd Friday of the month
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm

 


Save Power Kits

Learn how to save power and money at home by borrowing a Save Power Kit from The Hills Shire libraries. The kits are available for loan free of charge to Library members and are part of the NSW Government’s Save Power program.

Save Power Kits can be borrowed for free from any Hills Shire Library and used in the comfort of your own home to work out what’s using the most power, what’s wasting power and the easiest ways you can save.

Kits can be borrowed by Library members who are over 18. See staff for more information or visit OEH’s Save Power website at www.savepower.nsw.gov.au/librarykit .  


Rapid Reads

Are you looking to borrow NEW BESTSELLERS from the Library? Come in and check out our Rapid Reads collection held at Baulkham Hills, Carlingford, Castle Hill, and Rouse Hill.

With titles changing constantly you’re always likely to find something you will love.
To keep items moving the following will apply:

  • Short term 7 day loan only
  • No renewals
  • No reservations 

 

Do you need help to remember the date your books are due? Sign up for a courtesy reminder e-mail at any Hills Shire Library


Computer Access

  • You need to be a member of the Library to access computers. For customers under the age of 18 permission for computer/Internet access must be given by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Free Internet and wi-fi is available at all branches
  • MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel are available at all branches. It is advisable to book.
  • Printing in black & white is available. Colour printing is available at Castle Hill and Vinegar Hill Memorial Libraries only.
  • Online Databases may be accessed at all branches

 

You can reserve a Library PC session via the Web on our online computer booking system. See our reservation FAQ for more information.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the function of the online reservation system?
    The online reservation system will allow you to reserve one of the computers at the library via the internet.
  • Is there a charge for reserving computers?
    There is no charge involved in making online bookings. 
  • Can I make more than one booking?
    All accounts are limited to one booking per day.
  • How long can I make a booking for?
    The maximum amount of time allowed for a booking is one hour. A second one hour booking may be available by asking staff for assistance. Please note that extensions are subject to computer availability.
  • Am I guaranteed a computer?
    As long as you have made a booking correctly you are guaranteed a computer on arrival at the library.
  • What if I am running late?
    Your reservation will be held for 10mins from the booking time. If you do not make it within the 10 minute grace period, the computer will be released to the general public.
  • What if I want to cancel a booking?
    You can cancel your booking online or by calling one of the branches during their opening hours.
  • Can I book more than one computer at a time?
    You cannot book more than one computer at a time on the same card.
  • Can I choose a computer?
    Whilst you can select a branch for your booking, you cannot pick a particular computer within that branch. The computers are assigned on an availability basis.
  • What if I dont have a pin number? How do I get one?
    Pin numbers can be set within the library by swiping your membership card through one of the photocopiers. Alternatively you can ask staff for assistance.
  • Can I get help using the online reservation system?
    Assistance is available by calling any one of our branches during their opening hours.  

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Photocopying

Card-operated photocopiers are available at all branches. Click here for details of charges.


Fax

A fax service is available at all branches. Click here for details of charges.


Seniors Bus

Fortnightly visits to the Library for seniors without their own transport are available. For more information contact Community Transport on +61 2 9761 7604

 


 

Council Services

  • A full range of council services are available at Castle Hill Library and Vinegar Hill Memorial Library. Payment may be made by EFTPOS, credit card* or cheque. No cash accepted.
  • Payments for rates, dog registrations and 149 certificates can also be made at Baulkham Hills Library, Carlingford Library and Dural Library by EFTPOS, credit card* or cheque. No cash is accepted.

 *There is a 1% surcharge on all credit card transactions.

Click here for more details about Council's customer service centres. 


 

Justice of the Peace

A Justice of the Peace is available at:

  • Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, (29 Main Street Rouse Hill Town Centre) on Tuesdays (10am -1pm),
  • Castle Hill Library (cnr Castle and Pennant Streets, Castle Hill) on Tuesdays and Thursdays (10am - 1pm),
  • Castle Hill Library Wednesdays (5pm-7pm)
  • Baulkham Hills Library (Railway Street Baulkham Hills) on Mondays (10am - 1pm),
  • Carlingford Library (Lloyds Ave Carlingford) on Saturdays (10am -12.30pm) and
  • Dural Library (Pellitt Lane Dural) on Wednesdays 1.00pm-3.00pm.

 

Please Note: No bookings are necessary during the specified times above. Outside of these hours, for certification of more than 5 pages, please contact your local library to ensure a JP is available. Contact details and Library opening times are available here.

Justices of the Peace are also available at Council's main Customer Service Building at 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills 2153 (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am – 2pm - no bookings necessary).


Meeting/Study rooms

Castle Hill Library has three rooms and Vinegar Hill Memorial Library has two rooms that can be used. Charges apply to book these rooms. 

 


Cafe

Castle Hill Library has a cafe which operates during library opening hours. For more information phone +61 2 9680 9799.

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