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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.

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.

Classics @ Customs: Anzac's Long Shadow

Wednesday 24 September 2014

James Brown, former army officer and Lowy Institute Military Fellow will make a special apprearance at ‘Classics at Customs’ to discuss the Anzac’s Long Shadow and how Australia is investing too much time, money and emotion in the Anzac legend.

Mandarin Email basics on Mac @ Haymarket Library

Wednesday 24 September 2014

基础电子邮件班 用电邮保持联络!你将学习如何开一个电子邮件 户口,以及一些日常实用的基本电邮常识。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 24 September 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。

Beautiful Minds: Protecting Yourself Online @ Customs House

Thursday 25 September 2014

Marina will share with you simple steps to protect your teenage daughter online, in light of technological advances that might promote cyber bullying or vulnerability to online sex-offenders.

Twitter 101 @ Customs House Library

Thursday 25 September 2014

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