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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

MakerSpace @ Surry Hills Library

Wednesday 03 June 2015

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

World Environment Day - Aboriginal Earth Oven

Friday 05 June 2015

For World Environment Day, Glebe Library begins to make an Aboriginal earth oven using recycled materials with the creative assistance of young artists.

Drawing Workshop: Draw on Life

Saturday 06 June 2015

Join artist Kathe Payne for an hour of pencil shavings and creative minds. Kathe will help you develop your sketching skills and guide you through some basic techniques for bringing your imagination to life.

Baking Workshop: How Easy Was That?

Tuesday 09 June 2015

Join local librarian and amateur baker, Kathy, as she demonstrates how easy it is to whip up quick and tasty treats for the family.

Twitter 101 @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 09 June 2015

Learn how to join and use Twitter, a popular social media app to discover news and information.

Wellness @ Waterloo Library: Kitchen by Mike

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Join local chef Mike McEarney in conversation with food writer Helen Greenwood.

Word Basics @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Learn how to create and edit a word document; use the Ribbon, move text, and format text, pages and documents.

State Library of NSW Collection Talks

Thursday 11 June 2015

Senior curator Louise Denoon discusses this State Library of NSW exhibition, the evocative photographs of Sydney were taken by Arthur Syer to be used as source material for illustrators to draw from

Facebook 101 @ Waterloo Library

Friday 12 June 2015

Learn how to join and use Facebook, a popular social network used to communicate online.

Unpuzzzled! Cryptic Crossword Workshop

Saturday 13 June 2015

Join cryptic addict Patra as she navigates you through this unfamiliar landscape. You will learn how to translate the language of cryptics and untangle the clues – and, by the end, complete a crossword together.