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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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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

Late Night Library @ Surry Hills: Stories about Art & Endangerment

Thursday 02 October 2014

Coinciding with this year's Art & About Festival, Late Night Library are using the festival's theme of "Endangered" to bring you new stories of people at risk, artists trying to remain visible and other daily struggles to create and to stay alive.

Surry Hills at Street Level: Sketching Workshops

Thursday 02 October to Thursday 02 October 2014

In these workshops, artist and designer Richard Briggs will take you through the basics of sketching to create striking line drawings of the local area, culminating in a shared artwork commentary.

Teenage Kitchen Rampage @ Newtown library

Saturday 04 October 2014

Aimed at kids, Teenage Kitchen Rampage has 45 exciting recipes aimed at Teens, as well as entertaining and shopping tips.

Draw on life @ Newtown Library

Saturday 04 October 2014

Join artist Kathe Payne who will help you develop your sketching skills and guide you through some basic techniques.

Laneway Learning at the Library: Art & Anxiety @ Green Square Library

Saturday 04 October 2014

Laneway Learning has a love of learning and a willingness to teach anything and everything in a fun and informal setting

Authors Up the Cross: Louis Nowra in Conversation with Linda Jaivin @ Kings Cross Library

Tuesday 07 October 2014

Be enthralled by the stories local legends and authors Louis Nowra and Linda Jaivin share with us from Louis’ book Kings Cross.

Art & About: Hallowed Ground @ Customs House Library

Thursday 09 October 2014

What will the librarian of the future be like? Join Hallowed Ground for a panel discussion on the important humans who inhabit and run our libraries.

Creative Glebe: Children's imagination: Creativity under our noses

Thursday 09 October 2014

Is today’s pressure on parents sidelining children’s play? Join author and artist Ursula Kolbe and artist/educator Chris Stevenson as they discuss children’s creativity, and Ursula’s new book, Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses.

How Easy Was That? @ Waterlooo Library

Friday 10 October 2014

Join local librarians and amateur bakers Paul & Kathy who will be demonstrating how easy and cheap it is to whip up a quick and tasty treats.

The Australian Milk Bar @ Customs House Library

Saturday 11 October 2014

Join Art & About Creative Director Gill Minervini as she leads a panel discussion on Australian milk bars. The discussion will explore the history of the milk bar in Australia .