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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.

Our network

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

'Remembering Gallipoli', Mine Konakci presented by Head On

Wednesday 06 May to Sunday 31 May 2015

Remembering Gallipoli' is a photographic exploration of the descendants of Anzac and Turkish soldiers and the bonds that have developed between these nations.

Sydney Film Festival: 2015 Program Launch

Wednesday 06 May 2015

The unveiling of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival Program.

Late Night Library: Seizure Science Fiction Sketch Jam

Wednesday 06 May 2015

The future is coming and for an hour we are going to see it, hear it and live it.

MakerSpace: Introduction to Stop Motion Animation @ Surry Hills Library

Wednesday 06 May 2015

Create, make and learn at the Surry Hills Library in our monthly afternoon "maker" sessions.

Facebook 101 @ Surry Hills Library

Thursday 07 May 2015

Learn the basics of joining, creating posts, uploading photos and maintaining privacy settings on facebook. Your own email address is required.

Family History @ Customs House Library

Friday 08 May 2015

Want to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? Join Terry Eakin as he gives a guide.

Unpuzzled! @ Waterloo Library

Saturday 09 May 2015

Join cryptic addict Patra in a series of classes as she navigates you through this unfamiliar landscape. You will learn how to translate the language of cryptics and untangle the clues – and, by the end, complete a crossword together.

Intermediate Word @ Surry Hills Library

Monday 11 May 2015

Go beyond the basics with Microsoft Word 2007. We will learn how to Insert objects (such as tables, images, headers & footers, text and symbols) and use Page Layout to change our document’s theme, setup, background and paragraph.

How Easy Was That? @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy who will be demonstrating how easy and cheap it is to whip up a quick and tasty desert to please the fussiest kids, partners or friends.

Creative Glebe: Minitature Art

Thursday 14 May 2015

Join us as we enter the tiny but talented world of miniature art. Members of The Australian Society of Miniature Art will introduce you to this art-form.