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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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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.


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Featured events

Socks for Centenary

Wednesday 26 November 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’

Classics at Customs: Dreaming of a Modern Australia : The Story of Claudio Alcorso @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Dr Prudence Black discusses the extraordinary life of the Italian immigrant Claudio Alcorso who was a true visionary in the history of Australian textiles, the arts and the environment.

Mandarin Email basics on Mac @ Haymarket Library

Wednesday 26 November 2014

基础电子邮件班 用电邮保持联络!你将学习如何开一个电子邮件 户口,以及一些日常实用的基本电邮常识。参加此课程,你必需 会使用滑鼠器及键盘,并有操作电脑的经验。本课程是使用苹果 手提式电脑教学

Mandarin Mac Basics @ Haymarket Library

Wednesday 26 November 2014

苹果电脑基础班 从来没有用过苹果手提式电脑吗?没问题!我 们将教你所有的基础常识及操作,包括如何使用触碰板、打开 应用程式找寻档案。你将会了解苹果电脑的最新操作系统。本 课程是使用苹果手提式电脑教学。

Finnegan's Fortnight: Dublin - a City of Stories, Poets and Song

Thursday 27 November 2014

The city of Dublin has inspired centuries of music from sweet Molly Malone’s wheel-barrow to Dublin in the Rare Ould Times. Join us for this special event as you’re treated to an evening of talk and musical performances, as we explore this unique city.

Laneway Learning in the Library: Paper Christmas Wreath Making @ Surry Hills Library

Thursday 27 November 2014

The festive season is upon us. Join us for a craftyevening of paper Christmas wreath making.

The Bluffers Guide to Cinema: Queer Films Now! @ Kings Cross Library

Friday 28 November 2014

An illustrated discussion with Sydney Film Festival Director, Nashen Moodley and Mardi Gras Film Festival Director, Paul Struthers. They will explore coming out, gay marriage, bisexuality, graphic sex and trans-gender issues in queer cinema

My Website and Me @ Customs House Library

Friday 28 November 2014

Join the geeks from EmpireOne for these sessions on understanding cloud computing. Get right into using cloud based email, contact lists and document back up, so that you can try it at home.

Blogging 101 @ Ultimo Library

Saturday 29 November 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!

Architecture on Show- Architecture and Community @ Surry Hills Library

Saturday 29 November 2014

Rachel Neeson formed Neeson Murcutt Architects with her late partner Nicholas Murcutt in 2004. Rachel’s talk will focus on community projects, including the recently completed Prince Alfred Park Pool.