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Temporary closure

Our libraries will be closed on Saturday 25 April for the Anzac Day public holiday.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

The following library branches will reopen on Sunday 26 April:

  • Customs House
  • Kings Cross
  • Newtown
  • Surry Hills
  • Ultimo

All other City of Sydney library branches will reopen on Monday 27 April.

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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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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

Better Read's Talking Heads: Comedy Readings

Tuesday 28 April 2015

Four of Sydney's funniest emerging writers will be discussing and reading extracts from their forthcoming works.

Mandarin Email basics on Mac @ Haymarket Library

Tuesday 28 April 2015

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

Tuesday 28 April 2015

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。

Word Basics @ Customs House Library

Wednesday 29 April 2015

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

Classics at Customs House: Remembering Gallipoli

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Join Mine Konakci as she discusses her photographic exploration of Anzac and Turkish soldiers.

Aboriginal War Service: Exhibition @ Customs House

Saturday 25 April to Thursday 30 April 2015

This display provides a context to the artwork by exploring the long history of Aboriginal people defending country and nation, both inside Australia and overseas.

Lure of wool- Exhibition @ Surry Hills Library

Saturday 25 April to Thursday 30 April 2015

The Lure of Wool explores the ancient art of knitting as a transcultural method of creating woven fabric using needles to link knots of thread or wool.

Socks for Centenary @ Surry Hills Library

Saturday 25 April to Thursday 30 April 2015

Display of socks knitted for the City of Sydney project Socks for Centenary - including examples knitted after the Red Cross 1914 pattern. During World War I, Red Cross initiated knitting socks for the troops Australia-wide.

Crafternoon @ Newtown

Monday 04 May 2015

Join the Newtown library staff for a fun afternoon of art or craft - For ages 5-12 yrs

Midwives Day Luncheon

Tuesday 05 May 2015

As part of Glebe Library’s programs this luncheon will include an informal Q & A for parents & students looking at future tertiary studies. Information of how to apply and what support is available for students will be provided.