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Hornsby Shire Library Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

Hornsby Library 50th Anniversary logoOpened in Hornsby on 29 April 1972, the service has gone from strength to strength, cementing its place in the hearts of residents.

From borrowing your first book, studying for your HSC to meeting your favourite author, joining a book club or discovering your family history, the library has been the site for many cherished memories over the past five decades.

Read more about its 50-year history, discover some very interesting fun facts, find out more about its focus for future generations and join us to celebrate in a rolling event series over the next 12 months.

1972 Hornsby Central Library opens on 29 April at 296 Pacific Highway.
1973 Galston Branch Library and Pennant Hills Branch Library open.
1975 Epping Branch Library opens.
1977 Weekly Storytime begins at Hornsby and Epping.
1978 Online computer system introduced. First of its kind in NSW.
1980 Berowra Branch Library opens in the Berowra Community Centre.
1981 Cassettes Collection available for borrowing at Hornsby and Epping.
1984 Home Library Service established.
1985 Local Studies Collection created.
1986 Family History Collection introduced at Hornsby.
1992 Young Adult fiction is introduced.
1993 CD-ROM is made available for public use at Hornsby.
1995 Hornsby Central Library relocates to its current location.
1996 CDs and videos are made available at Epping Library.
1999 Internet is established at Hornsby and Pennant Hills.
2007 Knitting Group starts at Hornsby.
2012 eLibrary services commence.
2015 Rapid Reads Collection introduced at all branches.
2016 Restructure of Council boundaries, Epping Library becomes part of City of Parramatta Council.
2017 Children’s STEM Collection begins with the introduction of Launchpads.
2019 Quick Choice Collection is introduced.
2021 Refurbishment of Hornsby Library.
2022 Discovery Space is launched in April.

Fun facts of Hornsby Library

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ADULT FICTIONWatership Down
by Richard Adams 
Schindlers Ark
by Thomas Keneally 
The English Patient
by Michael Ondaatje 
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami 
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn 
Apples Never Fall
by Liane Moriarty 
ADULT NON-FICTIONWays of Seeing
by John Berger 
An Uncommon Freedom by Charles Paul Conn Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
by John Gray
The Purpose Drive Life
by Rick Warren
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
So, You Think You Know What's Good for You
by Dr Norman Swan
CHILDREN'S FICTIONAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very
Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
The BFG by Roald Dahl The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Coraline
by Neil Gaiman
Too Many Elephants in
this House
by Ursula Dubosarsky
Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

The Discovery Space is now open at Hornsby Library where the next generation can explore their creativity and connect with new technology.

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Commencing in our anniversary week, Hornsby Library Service will be holding a series of rolling events to celebrate its 50th year. Join in and discover more.

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