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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 library links 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

2014 Surry Hills Festival - an event of Stories, Love & Tales

Saturday 27 September 2014

Parks, pop up spaces, eateries and venues hosting bold contemporary art and design installations, live music, performances, creative studio tours, and more.

Late Night Library @ Haymarket: AltTxt

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Explore the new possibilities of what we once called a ‘reading night’, in this multimedia, multiplatform, live collaborative event.

Blogging 101 @ Green Square Library

Wednesday 17 September 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!

Facebook 101 @ Green Square Library

Wednesday 17 September 2014

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

Intermediate Word @ Customs House Library

Thursday 18 September 2014

Go beyond the basics with Microsoft Word 2007. We will learn how to Insert objects (such as tables, images, headers & footers, text and symbols) and use Page Layout to change our document’s theme, setup, background and paragraph.

Urban Areas in Flux: Surry Hills at Street Level

Thursday 18 September 2014

This panel discussion will be an acknowledgement of what is already gone, and a debate that asks whether we should preserve elements of our past, or embrace a 21st Century global urban city with a sigh of relief.

Draw on Life @ Newtown Library

Saturday 20 September 2014

Enjoy the feel of pencil on paper? Join artist Kathe Payne for an evening of pencil shavings and creative minds. Kathe will help you develop your sketching skills and guide you through some basic techniques for bringing you imagination to life.

Kid Art @ Glebe Library

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Let your little artists create a painted masterpiece on A4 canvas for hanging. For ages 0-5

Social Media for... Artists

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Using social media as an artist? Unlock your full potential and join Lachlan Hibbert-Wells, digital and social media strategist, creative arts advocate and self-confessed internet geek.

Excel basics @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets - an easy way to create budgets, manage lists, or track data. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.