Haymarket Library

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, new meeting room, computer area and display space.

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


  • 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. 


Haymarket Library
744 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 8019 6477

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  • Stay Inside the Lines
    Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Book now

    Stop press! Adult colouring books are topping bestseller lists world-wide, as we rediscover the joy of a time when choosing a colour for the sky was our most vexing issue.

    Join the craze at the library, turn your phone off and chill out in colour.

    Take your masterpiece home to display on the fridge.

    Suitable for ages 18+

    Haymarket Library
    Every 2nd Thursday, 12pm to 1pm

    Thursday 10 March to Thursday 12 May 2016

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016