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

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 29 July 2016
  • 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 5 February to Friday 16 December 2016

    Except Good Friday, Friday 15 April, Friday 22 April, Friday 8 July, Friday 15 July, Friday 30 September and Friday 7 October

  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Haymarket
    Friday 29 July 2016
  • 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 5 February to Friday 16 December 2016

    Except Good Friday, Friday 15 April, Friday 22 April, Friday 8 July, Friday 15 July, Friday 30 September and Friday 7 October

  • Stay inside the lines
    Thursday 11 August 2016
  • Book now

    Adult colouring books are topping bestseller lists worldwide, as we rediscover the joy of a time when choosing a colour for the sky was our most vexing issue. Leave your day behind, turn off your phone and join the wellness craze at the library.

    One of our librarians will host the free monthly lunchtime session and all resources are provided.

    Suitable for ages 18+.

    Bookings recommended.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 12 May 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 9 June 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 14 July 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 11 August 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 8 September 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 13 October 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Thursday 10 November 2016 from 12pm to 1pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 March 2016