Haymarket Library

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The heart of Chinatown

Following its extensive renovations, Haymarket Library is open again and now boasts a brand new lift, accessible ramp, welcoming front desk and computer area.

Housed in a 3-storey heritage building, Haymarket Library is in the heart of Chinatown. Originally built in 1875 and modernised in 1927, the building's Venetian Gothic Revival features were fully restored by the City of Sydney in the early 1990s.

As well as an English language collection, Haymarket Library boasts the largest Chinese language book collection of any public library in Australia. The library also holds Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese collections.

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 to Friday: 8.30am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Closed: Sundays and public holidays

Features

  • Extensive Chinese language book collection (23,974 items).
  • Large Thai (1,137 items), Vietnamese (873 items) and Indonesian (670 items) collections.
  • Daily newspapers in English, Chinese and Vietnamese.
  • Wide collection of magazines in Chinese and English.
  • Constantly changing collection of books, CDs and DVDs.
  • Free wireless internet. 
  • Public access computer.
  • Scanning, printing and photocopying facilities.

Loans, returns and renewals

You can borrow up to 30 items for up to 3 weeks. Renewals are available online or via email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.

The after-hours return chute is on Hay Street. 


Contacts

Haymarket Library
744 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 8019 6477

  • What’s on
  • Bi-lingual Storytime @ Haymarket
    Friday 18 August 2017
  • Event details

    Come along to our bi-lingual Storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, foster a love of reading, nurture Mandarin language and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3-5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 17 February to Friday 15 December 2017

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

  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Haymarket
    Friday 18 August 2017
  • Event details

    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

    Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture Mandarin language and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0-2 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 17 February to Friday 15 December 2017

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

  • Please Laika Me
    Wednesday 27 September 2017
  • Book now

    The National Young Writers’ Festival touches down in Sydney for one-night-only. Join City of Sydney Library and literary organisation, Subbed In, for a night of workshops, interactive installations and performances. Get some performance tips, test your material and meet other young writers from interstate. You can also make, sell and buy some zines.

    Performances
    Feature readers include Kiwi poet, Hera Lindsay Bird, who has developed a cult following, poet and co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, Sara Mansour, and Melbourne-based poet and critic, Melody Paloma. They’ll be supported by 1-minute open mic spots in which punters can trial their workshop material.

    Digital poetry
    Meet poets who create in the digital sphere and interact with their work. Featuring digital gurus Peter Wildman and Karen Lowry.

    Zine Lab: Zines, zines, zines
    Learn zine-making from the best including seasoned pros Bastian Fox Phelan, Jesse Anderson and Shareeka Helaluddin. Plus snap up some zines for your collection or even sell your own.

    Workshops

    Let’s Get Loud
    Stacey Teague and Dan Hogan from Subbed In will provide emerging writers with a safe space to learn, discuss and practice the art of reading and performing their work in public.

    Writing to Constraints
    Join award-winning writers, Holly Isemonger and Dave Drayton, as they present a range of modes and methods for generating new writing and ideas.

    This drug and alcohol-free event is suitable for ages 16+. Performances may contain course language and adult concepts.

    Bookings are essential. You can sign up on the night for the workshops and activities you want to participate in. Some have limited capacity, so places are on a first in best dressed basis.

    Haymarket Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Produced by City of Sydney in partnership with National Young Writers Festival and Subbed In.

    Haymarket Library
    Wednesday 27 September 2017 from 7.30pm to 10.30pm
  • School Holiday activity at Haymarket Library
    Thursday 5 October 2017
  • Book now

    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: Vibro Bot Racing
    Kids will use a brush and a small motor to make a simple jittering robot to take home.

    Workshops 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.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 5 October 2017 from 2pm to 3pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017