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Welcome to your NSW RFS Library



Our NSW RFS library has for 20 years actively understood, supported and enriched the NSW Rural Fire Service information needs.

The library houses a tailored collection, both hardcopy and online, and delivers high-quality, professional library services to our members. The library collecton focuses on published wildfires/bush fires resources but also covers topics such as emergency management, natural sciences, fire science, professional development, leadership, and health and safety. 

The library is for all our NSW RFS members to use. 
 
NSW RFS members enjoy using the new library website


How can the library help you?

  • Information assistance: Ask the librarian for assistance in sourcing publications for your work-related project.
  • Current awareness: Request alerts for new journal issues or tailored for your topic of interest
  • Loans: Books may be borrowed by all members of the NSW RFS. Items are posted to your nominated address and return is easy - use the enclosed return address label and hand in at your district office.
  • Interlibrary loans: Items not held in the NSW RFS library can be obtained from other libraries.
  • Subject reading lists: Collaborate with your professional librarian to compile subject-specific reading guides.
  • Literacy classes: Individual or group literacy training available online or face-to-face to improve your searching skills


If you are visiting NSW RFS HQ, please use our Library to study, browse our collection and borrow books, meet guests, or enjoy some quiet time. 




Published on 22/10/2022

Our audiobooks (talking books) are back!




Our audiobook collection is back online...and this time the collection is far easier for our RFS members to use.


The collection is now hosted by the popular audiobook supplier Baker & Taylor.





To register to listen to our audiobooks, please contact your NSW RFS library for simple instructions
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Published on 07/05/2023

Browse our Bush Fire Bulletin online through Trove

The NSW Rural Fire Service, with the National Library of Australia, has digitised the entire collection of the Bush Fire Bulletin dating back to September 1952. The digitised collection also includes the Sitrep bulletin (a joint publication that incorporated both our Bush Fire Bulletin and the SES Bulletin) from 1976 to 1978.

This historical archived collection is available online in Trove.

Browse the collection.

Bush Fire Bulletin (1952 – 1975)

Sitrep (1976 – 1978)

Bush Fire Bulletin (1978 – 2022)

Search the collection.

If you are looking for articles on a particular topic, e.g. the town of Merriwa, you can easily search the whole Bulletin collection in Trove.

Open the Trove search box using this link. The search box is pre-filled with the Bulletin catalogue items. There are over 6000 articles.

In the search box (after the Bulletin Catalogue items), type in AND followed by your keyword(s) e.g. AND Merriwa

Click on the search icon. The resulting articles will be listed. Please contact the library if you need any assistance.

Published on 08/07/2020
Research news...

UNSW Climate and Weather Master's Opportunity

The NSW Bushfire and Natural Hazards Research Centre has based their new Climate and Weather research node at UNSW. 

The node is launching a fully-funded, two-year Master's program with students conducting research projects to better understand climate and weather extremes of relevance to bushfires and floods. This program begins in 2024.

Download this flyer for further information and a link to the application form.





Opening times

The library is open Monday to Friday - closed weekends and public holidays

If you wish to visit, please make an appointment with the librarian.

Location

The library is located on the third floor of the NSW RFS Head Office at 4 Murray Rose Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW.

Contact

Our librarian is Katie Vandine

Phone: 
02 8741 5455

Email:
 rfs.library@rfs.nsw.gov.au

Postal address (for returning library books):
NSW Rural Fire Service - Library
Locked Bag 17
Granville NSW 2142

 

Looking for something light to read. Your NSW RFS library, in conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing department, provide all members access to our Flipster online magazine collection.

With Flipster you can read the latest issues of our health and fitness magazines in addition to other titles such as PCWorld, Wild, and National Geographic. Quickly access a magazine in your browser, or use the Flipster app on your mobile device to download a magazine to read later - even when you're offline!

Contact the library for password and instructions.


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