Customs House Library

Customs House Library

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Harbourside heritage

Located in one of Sydney's finest historical landmarks, the Customs House Library spans 3 levels and highlights the building's contemporary and traditional design features. It houses a collection of more than 50,000 items and is open 7 days a week.

To become a member complete an online application or fill in a form when you next visit. It is free to join if you are a NSW resident.

You can download accessibility information for Customs House Library.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.


  • Relaxing lounges on the ground and first floors invite you to sit down and absorb the building's unique atmosphere.
  • Beautiful and quiet grand reading room on the second floor.
  • Large selection of local and international newspapers and magazines.
  • Free wireless internet.
  • Public access computers.
  • Scanning, printing and photocopying facilities.
  • Access to many high quality databases.
  • Regular exhibitions and cultural events.
  • Collections in Japanese and Korean.

Loans, returns and renewals

You'll find library catalogue computers on the ground, first and second floors. Loans desks are located on levels 1 and 2. You can borrow up to 30 items for up to 3 weeks.

Returns can be made up until 11.30pm on the ground floor.

Renewals are available online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.


Customs House Library
31 Alfred Street
Circular Quay NSW 2001
02 9242 8555
TTY: 02 9242 8575 (hearing impaired people)

  • What’s on
  • Home exhibition
    Wednesday 7 December 2016
  • Event details

    Habitat for Humanity Australia presents Home, a photograph exhibition.

    This free exhibition at Customs House Library will raise awareness of housing poverty around the world, by showcasing 10 individuals and their stories of how a safe and decent home has transformed their lives.

    We encourage you to get to know the people behind the photos, and see the incredible difference access to housing makes across all areas of life, from security to health to livelihood opportunities.

    Don’t forget to enter our competition to go into the running to win an overseas volunteering experience with Habitat for Humanity, or 1 of 4 family passes to an invitation only location for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Make 2017 your year to volunteer! Travel and build a home for a family in need with Habitat.

    Customs House Library
    Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
    Weekends, 11am to 4pm

    Wednesday 5 October to Saturday 31 December 2016

    Except Friday 21 October

Last updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2016