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Services galore for Glebe

Conveniently located on Glebe Point Road, the Glebe Library shares the same location with the Glebe Neighbourhood Service Centre.

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.

Opening hours

  • Monday and Wednesday: 9am to 7pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Features

As well as its constantly changing collection of books, CDs and DVDs, Glebe Library offers locals:

  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities
  • daily newspapers
  • a wide collection of newspapers and magazines
  • weekly rock, rhyme and storytimes
  • toy library
  • dedicated local history collection. 

Loans, returns and renewals

You can borrow up to 30 items for up to 3 weeks from Glebe Library. Renewals are available online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.

The after-hours return chute is near the main entrance.

Contacts

Glebe Library
186 Glebe Point Road
(cnr Wigram Road)
Glebe NSW 2037
02 9298 3060

Customer services

Separate to the library, the Glebe Neighbourhood Service Centre offers a range of services. You can make an enquiry, pay your rates, apply for a parking permit, request that graffiti be removed and purchase a card for our aquatic centres. Applications for planning and building certificates can also be lodged here.

 
  • What’s on
  • Neural Knitworks
    Friday 22 September 2017
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    Join our knitting circle and create a textile neuron while you forge new neural pathways and learn about neuroscience and mental health. Our 2 facilitators, neuroscience researcher Dr Sarah McKay from The Neuroscience Academy and community artist Pat Pillai, will introduce you to these electrically excitable cells of your brain.

    Presented by the City of Sydney Library and Inspiring Australia, in partnership with the Big Anxiety Project, Neural Knitworks is a collaborative art/science project. Based on the principle that through challenge, connection and mindfulness, yarn craft can keep your mind sharp and engaged.

    Test your memory and get acquainted with the nifty neurons that form the basis of your thoughts. Contribute your woolly design to a travelling textile brain exhibition.

    Pat Pillai
    A community artist with a background in science and an interest in psychology and art therapy. Pat founded the Neural Knitworks as a National Science Week project in 2014, where workshops amassed hundreds of textile neurons that made up a giant brain exhibition. Neural Knitworks continues to bring together neuroscientists and community members to promote brain and mind health through yarn craft.

    Dr Sarah McKay
    An influential brain health commentator and neuroscientist, she specialises in translating brain science research into simple, actionable strategies for peak performance, creativity and wellbeing. Dr McKay founded The Neuroscience Academy, offering e-learning and in-person training with a focus on applying neuroscience, positive psychology and mind-body medicine to life and work.

    This free event is suitable for 18+ and no knitting experience is necessary. With a maximum of 20 people, bookings are essential.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Friday 22 September 2017 from 11am to 1pm
  • Friday Rock 'n Rhyme @ Glebe
    Friday 22 September 2017
  • Event details

    Rock ‘n Rhyme is for toddlers who are ready for action with music, rhymes, movement and stories but too wiggly for Storytime.

    For 2-3 year olds.

    Join us on Fridays at 1.30pm.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Fridays, 1.30pm to 2pm

    Friday 3 February to Friday 15 December 2017

    Except Friday 21 April, Friday 7 July, Friday 14 July, Friday 29 September and Friday 6 October

  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Colin
    Thursday 28 September 2017
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    Have you ever been told you’re good looking for an Aboriginal? Have cab drivers driven straight past you? When you turn 40, do you qualify for elder status and free cups of tea? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Colin Kinchela will answer as he’s grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford. Don’t miss their second show in the series: This is your black life.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Colin’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has discovered the thought process behind his Facebook statuses and will uncover his success into getting likes.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST. In absurd, insightful and comedic style, this will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST

    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST. The Indigenous arts collective has banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season. They will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Other events in This is your black life:

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 28 September 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Australian Poetry Slam workshop
    Saturday 30 September 2017
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    As part of the City of Sydney Library school holiday program, heat up your passion for spoken word. Sharpen your skills at Word Travels’ Australian Poetry Slam wordshop.

    The spoken word performance workshop is designed to inspire and encourage you to create your own performance piece. Renowned performer and Australian Poetry Slam champion Arielle Cottingham will share her own material, then help you find new ways to express your ideas. Join in some theatre and writing games to spark your imagination.

    Arielle Cottingham
    2016 Australian Poetry Slam Champion, Arielle Cottingham is an Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer. She began performing spoken word in 2014 while studying at the University of Melbourne. In September 2015, she began a career as a full-time, working performance poet, as well as creative producer of Slamalamadingdong. She published a chapbook in 2017, The Tarantist’s Soapbox. Her first full book of poetry Black and Ropy was published in July 2017 with Pitt St. Poetry. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

    Arielle’s writing probes the territory of the personal as well as the political, dealing heavily with themes of identity, heritage, history, and the roles they play in immediate, everyday interactions. Her performances incorporate elements of dance and physical theatre to create multidisciplinary pieces that have been described as both elegant and profoundly moving.

    Workshop participants are limited to 20 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Glebe Library
    Saturday 30 September 2017 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Meditation station: Glebe Library
    Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Glebe Library
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am to 7pm
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm

    Tuesday 3 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

  • School holidays at Glebe Library (ages 8-12)
    Wednesday 4 October 2017
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    Schools out, so, to celebrate, we’ve got free hands-on making sessions for kids. They’ll have fun while they get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    This school holidays we’ll be exploring motion and robotics.

    8-12 years: Edison Sumo Battle
    Build Lego armour onto our Edison robots and challenge yourself and your creation with robotic play. Go head-to-head in a Hebocon-style challenge as you wrestle, wrangle and put your brilliant bot to the test.

    Workshop are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Different school holiday workshops are on at each branch.

    Go to Kids and teens at the library for full details.

    Glebe Library
    Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 11am to 12pm
  • Tuesday Rock 'n Rhyme @ Glebe
    Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • Event details

    Rock ‘n Rhyme is for toddlers who are ready for action with music, rhymes, movement and stories but too wiggly for Storytime.

    For 2-3 year olds.

    Join us on Tuesdays at 10.15am.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 10.15am to 10.45pm

    Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 12 December 2017

    Except Tuesday 11 April, Tuesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Tuesday 4 July, Tuesday 11 July, Tuesday 26 September and Tuesday 3 October

  • Storytime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers that fosters an early love of reading and develops literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required but session numbers are limited so please ensure you arrive early to secure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 12 December 2017

    Except Tuesday 11 April, Tuesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Tuesday 4 July, Tuesday 11 July, Tuesday 26 September and Tuesday 3 October

  • Rhymetime @ Glebe
    Tuesday 10 October 2017
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lap sit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    There are two sessions each week:

    Tuesdays: 9.30am-10am and 1.30pm-2pm

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Glebe Library
    Tuesdays, 9.30am to 10am

    Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 12 December 2017

    Except Tuesday 11 April, Tuesday 18 April, Anzac Day, Tuesday 4 July, Tuesday 11 July, Tuesday 26 September and Tuesday 3 October

  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Katie
    Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Book now

    Have you ever been unfairly stereotyped for acting roles? Have you been told you’re not black enough to be Aboriginal? How often do you say the word “deadly” and what intonation do you use? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST’s Katie Beckett will attempt to answer as she is grilled by fellow Cope ST member Kodie Bedford in their third This is your black life show at Glebe Library.

    Kodie, who learnt everything she knows from Oprah Winfrey, will be covering arts, Indigenous politics and social issues as she drills down Katie’s passion, motivations and life story. And in a world exclusive, Kodie has uncovered that Katie is a secret nerd and puts the Dr. Who evidence to her.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life, will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST, in an absurd, insightful and comedic style that will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Cope ST Collective

    About Cope ST:
    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST, an Indigenous arts collective that banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones, to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season and will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 26 October 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • This is your black life: Kodie Vs Cope ST
    Thursday 23 November 2017
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    What free stuff have Aboriginal people received from the government? Should we move on from 1788? Should there be a special Tinder add on to tell you if you’re related to the blackfella you’re about to send a naked photo to? These are the hard-hitting questions Cope ST Collective will attempt in their final showing at Glebe Library of This is your black life.

    Using a mix of videos and live performance, This is your black life, will reveal the secret lives of each member of Indigenous arts collective Cope ST, in an absurd, insightful and comedic style that will be your entertaining monthly dose of Redfern gossip. No topic is off limits and no embarrassing anecdotal stone will be left unturned.

    Produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Cope ST.

    About Cope ST:
    Bjorn Stewart, Katie Beckett, Colin Kinchela and Kodie Bedford make up Cope ST, an Indigenous arts collective that banded together to make quirky art, theatre and multi-media projects that represented their nerd and weird interests. They rose to prominence in 2016 when their comedy video How to do Blackface went viral. The group wrote and performed sci-fi comedy One of the Good Ones, to much acclaim at Sydney’s Red Rattler for a season and will appear on the upcoming comedy sketch show The Slot on Fox 8 later in the year.

    See other events in the This is your black life series
    – Thursday 31 August: Kodie Vs Bjorn
    – Thursday 28 September: Kodie Vs Colin
    – Thursday 26 October: Kodie Vs Katie
    Bookings recommended, however there will be a standby queue on just prior to the start of the show.

    Glebe Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Glebe Library
    Thursday 23 November 2017 from 8pm to 9pm

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2017