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How do gaol libraries work?

Each correctional centre has at least one library where offenders can access a range of fiction, non-fiction and reference books.

Correctional centre libraries are to provide all offenders with access to:

  • The latest edition of appropriate state and federal legislation;
  • The latest edition of the Operations Procedures Manual;
  • Reference books and computer legal resources to assist in legal defence and litigation;
  • Recreational, educational and informational resources; and
  • Access to a legal information research service.

Correctional centre libraries are run by Education staff and trained offender clerks and are generally open when education programs are running. Where an offender is housed in an area where they cannot access the library, a system will be in place to enable them to order books and other reference materials through education staff.