The South-West Regional Library Service includes the New South Wales Shires of Boorowa, Harden and Young. It services a population in excess of 18,000 and covers an area of some 7,140 square kilometres.
The Library Service is administered by a Regional Library Committee comprising two (2) elected representatives and the General Managers from each of the constituent Shires. Young Shire is the Executive Council for administrative purposes and the Young Library is the Central Library for the Region.
With an average annual circulation approaching 80,000 items, the South West Library Service has almost 6000 registered borrowers. Items available for borrowing include books - including an extensive large print selection, talking books, periodicals, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, multi-media kits, CDs and audio cassettes.
Public access to the Internet is available at all Branches and a Housebound Reader service is in place for borrowers with special needs.
"The South-West Regional Library Service aims to provide a high level of resources and services to meet the broad based informational, educational and recreational needs of the community served within member Councils' areas."
Permanent residents and ratepayers of each of the constituent Shires of Boorowa, Harden and Young are eligible for Library membership at their Shire Library - Membership is free.
To become a member a registration card is completed and documentation confirming postal and residential address needs to be provided. A parent's signature is required if under 18 years of age. The membership card can then be used at any Library within the Regional Library Service.
Children can become members at 5 years of age and when they turn 14 they are transferred to the adult section.
Overdue fees are charged for late return of materials.