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Temporary closure

The City of Sydney Library is temporarily closing its branches for one day, Friday 1 August. They will return to normal opening hours the following day, Saturday 2 August.

The closure is for an important professional development session for all staff, to allow us to better meet your needs.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

During the closure

Communication. Information. Entertainment.

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

classics at customs: scenes from the silk road @ customs house library

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Check out this brand new lunchtime series at Customs House Library.First up, we have Scenes from the Silk Road with teacher and lecturer, Heather Bentley.

mac basics @ glebe library

Wednesday 23 July 2014

In this course we cover all the basics of using a Macintosh laptop and gain an understanding of the latest operating system. This course will be run on Macintosh laptops.

word basics @ customs house library

Thursday 24 July 2014

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories.

Twitter 101 @ Customs House Library

Thursday 24 July 2014

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

Beautiful Minds: Body Image @ Newtown Library

Friday 25 July 2014

Teenage girls may experience difficulty comprehending what makes up a healthy body due to the prevalence of conflicting images in the media. In this workshop, we will explore what a healthy body image looks like.

Architecture on Show: Architecture & Furniture

Saturday 26 July 2014

What is the complimentary potential of architecture and furniture?

Excel Basics @ Customs House Library

Monday 28 July 2014

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets—an easy way to create budgets, manage lists, or track data.

Computer basics @ customs house

Tuesday 29 July 2014

This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience.

Better Read's talking heads: Great Criminal minds: P.M Newton & Geoffrey McGreachin @ newtown library

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Two of Sydney’s finest crime writers come together during July to discuss their recent works. P.M Newton & Geoffrey McGeachin.

facebook pages for small orgs @ surry hills library

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Businesses and organisations use Facebook Pages to promote to, engage with and acquire customers and clients. In this hands-on workshop, we will review the basics of developing a good Facebook Page for small organisations.