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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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Using the library

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


Friday 20 March 2015

This unique multilingual literary event is part of Harmony Week and celebrates World Poetry Day.

Socks for Centenary

Monday 02 March 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’

Crafternoon @ Newtown Library

Monday 02 March 2015

Join the Newtown library staff for a fun afternoon of art or craft.

MakerSpace @ Surry Hills Library

Monday 02 March 2015

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

Artful crafters @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 03 March 2015

Join the Glebe Library staff for an afternoon of artful crafting.

Socks for Centenary: Knitting Workshops

Monday 02 March to Thursday 05 March 2015


How Easy Was That? @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Join local librarians and amateur bakers Paul & Kathy who will be demonstrating how easy and cheap it is to make quick and tasty treats.

uke 'n' Roll Nights @ Newtown library

Wednesday 11 March 2015

Tune your voices, harmonise your ukuleles and join in our workshops with local legend and raconteur Dennis Aubrey.

Creative Glebe: All roads led to Shanghai

Thursday 12 March 2015

Clio Caladoukas provides a glimpse into Shanghai in 1930s and 1940s. Join Clio as she discusses this fascinating book and time in history.

Unpuzzled! @ Waterloo Library

Saturday 14 March 2015

Ever been intrigued by cryptic crosswords but unsure where to begin? Join cryptic addict Patra in a series of classes as she navigates you through this unfamiliar landscape.