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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

'Remembering Gallipoli', Mine Konakci presented by Head On

Friday 22 May to Sunday 31 May 2015

Remembering Gallipoli' is a photographic exploration of the descendants of Anzac and Turkish soldiers and the bonds that have developed between these nations.

SWF presents Tony Flowers: Drawing Characters — Body Language and Gestures @ Kings Cross Library

Saturday 23 May 2015

Bring your characters to life with the help of acclaimed children’s-book illustrator and chalk artist Tony Flowers.

Excel Basics @ Customs House Library

Monday 25 May 2015

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.

Authors Up the Cross: Patti Miller @ Kings Cross Library

Tuesday 26 May 2015

When memoirist Patti Miller fulfilled a lifelong dream of spending a year writing in Paris, she turned to French writers including Montaigne, de Beauvoir and Rousseau.

Better Read’s Talking Heads: Malcolm Knox

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Award-winning journalist and author Malcolm Knox will be joining us at Newtown library this May to discuss his highly anticipated new novel,

The Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Sydney Film Festival - Freak Me Out!

Thursday 28 May 2015

Richard Kuipers, Programmer of the Freak Me Out section of SFF 2015, provides a sneak peek at some of the freakiest films chosen for the year.

Ukes at the Cross

Monday 15 June to Monday 27 July 2015

Come along to one (or all) of our free sessions, led by award-winning ukulele instructor Tom Harding. Or if group learning isn’t your style you can borrow one and learn in the comfort of your own home.

Laneway Learning at the Library: WWI Ukulele Sing-a-Long @ Waterloo Library

Sunday 15 November 2015

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

Email basics @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 26 May 2015

Keep in touch with email! We will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everyday emailing. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required. Follow up to Internet Basics