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Temporary closure

The City of Sydney Library is temporarily closing its branches for one day, Friday 1 August. They will return to normal opening hours the following day, Saturday 2 August.

The closure is for an important professional development session for all staff, to allow us to better meet your needs.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

During the closure

Communication. Information. Entertainment.

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 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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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

2014 Surry Hills Festival - an event of Stories, Love & Tales

Saturday 27 September 2014

Parks, pop up spaces, eateries and venues hosting bold contemporary art and design installations, live music, performances, creative studio tours, and more.

Beautiful Minds: Dress Sense @ Newtown Library

Saturday 02 August 2014

This fun and interactive workshop is all about you! What is your body shape, what colours suit you and how to make the best of your features.

i am... a writer @ Customs House Library

Monday 04 August 2014

Share your experiences, bask in the creative process and revel in your love affair with the written word.

Baby Massage @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 05 August 2014

A free taster infant massage session with qualified practitioner Catherine from Core Balance.

Late Night Library @ Surry Hills: Teen Diary Readings

Thursday 07 August 2014

Late Night Library's evening of embarrassment, agony and pathos is back by popular demand.

Creative Glebe: What Makes You Happy

Friday 08 August 2014

Join Fiona Robards and renowned broadcaster Julie McCrossin for an honest, revealing, and insightful discussion about the important things in life.

Intermediate Word @ Customs House

Monday 11 August 2014

Go beyond the basics, and learn how to insert objects and use Page Layout to change document settings. Experience using Word 2007 required.

Excel Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets - an easy way to create budgets, manage lists, or track data. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.

Turkish Facebook @ Newtown Library

Tuesday 12 August 2014

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

In Conversation: The Story of Our Planet Unfolds

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Join photographer Michael Hall in a conversation with renowned philanthropist Sam Meers as they discuss how artists respond to critical and devastating issues such as climate change.