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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 library links 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.

Featured events

Turkish facebook @ newtown library

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Bilgisayar üzerinden iletişim kurmak için, taninmiş bir sosyal site olan Facebook’un nasil kullanıldığinı ve üye olunduğunu öğreniniz.

storytelling with social media: weird tales @ surry hills library

Friday 11 July 2014

Create your own alternate universe online as we discover how to use social media to tell stories of mystery, fantasy and the supernatural.

The Intern @ Surry Hills Library

Sunday 13 July 2014

Gabrielle Tozer, author of The Intern, is a senior editor, journalist and copywriter who has edited, sub-edited and written for several magazines, newspapers and anthologies throughout the past decade.

The Stiff Gins in Concert @ Waterloo Library

Sunday 13 July 2014

Hear The Stiff Gins, Kaleena Briggs and Nardi Simpson, talk about their latest project and sing. Refreshments provided.

blogging 101 @ customs house library

Monday 14 July 2014

A blog is an online journal--an interactive public tool for documenting or discussing any topic on the web. Learn how to set up a free blog, customise your blog, and get started sharing your insight with the world!

Cloud computing@ customs house library

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Unsure as to what cloud computing is all about? Come along and have specialists EmpireOne show you the essentials alongside useful tricks and tips. This talk is designed for both individuals and small businesses.

Authors up the cross: Great Criminal minds- P.M Newton & Geoffery McGreachin @ kings cross library

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Two of Sydney’s finest crime writers come together during July to discuss their recent works. *P.M. Newton* is a former police officer and author of *Beams Falling* and *Geoffrey McGeachin* is a two times Ned Kelly award winner.

Social media for....writers @ customs house library

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Join travel writer and blogger Walter Mason as he explains exactly how writers can use the various channels to promote their work, build community and create vibrant discussions about books, writing and literary culture.

internet basics @ customs house

Thursday 17 July 2014

Learn to navigate and search the Internet! Use Internet Explorer to navigate websites and Google for online searchers.

web pages 101 @ Customs House Library

Thursday 17 July 2014

In this intermediate IT course, we will learn basic HTML (the language used to build websites) to create a simple webpage and use Weebly to build a well-designed and easy to use personal website.