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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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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

Wednesday 04 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’

Socks for Centenary: Knitting Workshops

Wednesday 04 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.

Authors up the Cross: David Malouf In Conversation with Miriam Cosic @ Kings Cross Library

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Join us for an unmissable discussion about art, ideas and culture when *David Malouf* talks with *Miriam Cosic*, critic and former Literary Editor of The Australian about his latest book of essays.

Bilingual Storytime @ Haymarket library

Friday 06 March to Friday 27 March 2015

Bilingual storytime is a fun fortnightly session of storytelling and craft activities for preschoolers.

Chinese Rhymetime @ Green Square Library

Monday 09 March to Monday 30 March 2015

Chinese Rhymetime is a an animated sing-along session in Mandarin for babies and toddlers. Both sessions support language development as well as providing a wonderful experience in sharing cultures. for ages 0-3