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Our libraries welcome people to connect, explore and learn. Join the library network to have access to a huge number of books, CDs and DVDs, attend a computer course or head to your local branch for some late night fun.

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Servicing the community for more than 100 years, the City’s library network offers a wide range of helpful services, including accessible branches, multicultural programs and exhibition space for artists.


There are 9 library branches in the local area with more to come. Members can also enjoy access to 2 unstaffed branches where they can pick up items, drop-off books and use the internet.


Head to one of our library branches to make your way through more than 400,000 books available to borrow, as well a large number of CDs, DVDs, audio books and other items.

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Find out how to become a member, access the online catalogue, transfer items between branches, reserve or renew items you would like to borrow, among many of our services.

Programs and events

Don't miss our exciting range of events, talks and workshops. We also hold in-library computer courses for office applications, email and social media.


We have several newspaper and magazine databases available for research. We also offer computer and internet training courses you can complete at home.

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Featured events

Socks for Centenary

Saturday 27 December to Saturday 18 April 2015

During World War I, the Red Cross initiated knitting socks for the troops. As a tribute, the City of Sydney is encouraging people to knit a pair of socks, following the Red Cross 1914 pattern and send them to be a part of ‘Socks for Centenary’


Saturday 27 December to Tuesday 30 December 2014

A collaboration between artist Phil Tamblyn and historian Craig Wilcox, aimed at getting us to look twice at Hunter Street, a neglected strip of Sydney’s CBD.

An Almost Vertical Ascent Exhibition @ Kings Cross Library

Saturday 27 December to Tuesday 30 December 2014

An almost vertical ascent refers to a recurrent dream in which the artist is in a vehicle of some kind as it makes its slow and precarious ascent up a winding, almost vertical road. The drawings were created using digital drawing technologies.

Summer Reading Club: Drama Workshops @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 13 January to Tuesday 13 January 2015

Learn performance skills and be taken on an acting adventure with actor, director and teacher Shelly Casey. This is the opportunity to explore your creative self through storytelling, character creating and play building!

Summer Reading Club Catrina's Carnival @ Green Square Library

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Join Catrina on a colourful trip around the world visiting some of the best-loved and lesser known festivals.

The Bloodhound Boys Illustration Workshop @ Waterloo Library

Thursday 15 January 2015

The Bloodhound Boys series creator Andrew Cranna will run this illustrator workshop for keen artists

Twitter 101 @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Learn how to join and use Twitter, a popular social media app to discover news and information.

Computer basics @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Become familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows while learning basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive environment.

Summer Reading Club: Jurassic Joe @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Jurassic Joe Show is a fun, interactive journey through the magnificent world of Dinosaurs that encourages young children to learn dinosaur and general facts through the medium of song and dance.

History Pin @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Benevolent Society will share their experience of using History Pin and show you how to get started, create tours and collections and link to other online collections.