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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 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.

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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.


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

Socks for Centenary

Tuesday 31 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’

rock n rhymetime @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 31 March to Tuesday 31 March 2015

For kids who are ready for action with music, rhymes, movement and stories. This session is for those too old for lapsit and too wriggly for storytime.

Better Read's Talking Heads: Debra Oswald @ Newtown Library

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Debra Oswald co- creator and head writer for TV's hit show *Offspring" has written an adult novel. Useful has proved to be as hilarious, charming and moving as Offspring fans would expect. Join us as we sit down with Debra to discuss Useful.

Chinese Rhymetime @ Haymarket library

Tuesday 31 March to Friday 03 April 2015

Chinese Rhymetime is an animated sing-along session in Mandarin for babies and toddlers. Both sessions support language, literacy development and school readiness as well as providing a wonderful experience in sharing cultures.

Stuffed, Stitched & Studied: What is taxidermy? TALK @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 07 April 2015

Macleay Museum entomologist *Rob Blackman* gives an illustrated talk on why scientists use taxidermy for studies, and now taxidermists preserve animals in the past. Followed by a felting craft workshop.

3D digger's hat @ Glebe Library

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Join the Glebe Library staff for a session making a 3D Digger's Hat.

Late Night Library: Beyond Music

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Leading Australian guitarist, Karin Schaupp, will explore recent collaborations with writers that have pushed her ‘beyond music’.

Easter Eggstavaganza @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 08 April 2015

Visit Customs House Library for our annual Easter Eggstavaganza. Hear stories, do a craft and join in the fun of our Easter Egg hunt in the library.

ANZACS LEGO Light Horse display & Freeplay LEGO @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 08 April to Thursday 09 April 2015

A LEGO diorama of the 4th Light Horse Regiment will be displayed as part of the ANZAC commemorations at Customs House and Waterloo Libraries.

Creative Glebe: ANZAC Bridge Anniversary

Thursday 09 April 2015

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ANZAC bridge as well as the centenary of WWI and the ANZAC legend. Join sculptor Alan Somerville as we celebrate this Sydney icon.