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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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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

Insight @ Newtown Library

Saturday 25 October 2014

Delivered by a trained presenter who has personal experience with a mood disorder, *Insight* is a presentation about mental health developed by the Black Dog Institute for adolescents

Architecture on Show- Architecture and Money @ Surry Hills Library

Saturday 25 October 2014

Join Architect Carol Marra as she dissects both the design and building processes with a focus on money; how it influences the inception of a project, its outcome and its longevity.

Chalk Urban Art Festival

Saturday 25 October to Sunday 26 October 2014

Customs House forecourt will become an outdoor gallery and host to a spectacular 3D artwork created by Australia’s most highly awarded pavement artist, Jenny McCracken and internet sensation Leon Keer from the Netherlands.

creative time summit

Monday 27 October to Monday 27 October 2014

Original Affluent Society presents the 2013 Creative Time Summit ‘Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century City’. Come and explore the changing role of art in the city, globally and locally

Intermediate Word @ Surry Hills Library

Tuesday 28 October 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.

Better Read's Talking Heads: Bleddyn Butcher- A Little History: Nick Cave & Cohorts @ Newtown Library

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Join us as Mark Mordue sits down with photographer Bleddyn Butcher to discuss his recent release, A Little History: Nick Cave & cohorts, 1981-2013.

Late Night Library @ Haymarket: Swear Jar

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Hosted by award-winning and potty-mouthed poet Fiona f---ing Wright, Swear Jar will feature programmed poets reading original curse-laden poems that will make a sailor blush.

Classics at Customs: Those Mitford Girls!

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Susannah Fullerton looks at the lives and works of these unconventional, aristocratic Mitford sisters.

Internet basics (mandarin) on Mac @ Haymarket Library

Wednesday 29 October 2014

基础网络课程(苹果电脑)学习如何浏览网络查索资料!我们 将用浏览器浏览不同网页,并使用谷歌(Google)熟悉在网上查寻资料。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

Wednesday 29 October 2014

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。