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


  • 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

  • What’s on
  • Bi-lingual Storytime @ Haymarket
    Friday 31 March 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 31 March 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

  • Steampunk remake party
    Sunday 9 April 2017
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    Haymarket Library is going Steampunk to send Youth Week off with a *bang*!

    A hybrid sci-fi subgenre, this post-apocalyptic imagining marries modern tech with steam-powered machinery. Explore life in an alternative history where retro-futuristic inventions and fictional machines set the scene. Come in costume or make something to wear on the day.

    With all materials provided, you’ve got your choice of multi-station workshops, so follow your own steam to the pick of your preference.

    Get illuminated
    Laura Jade is an Australian artist whose art happens in the unlikely place where biology, illumination design and neuroscience meet. Guiding you through the art of creating wearable electronics, Laura will help you brighten your costume with LED lighting.

    Junk jewellery
    Experts from Pine Street Creative Arts Centre will encourage you to think outside the universe in a workshop using salvaged mechanical materials and broken jewellery pieces to create other-worldly wearables.

    In Visible Light Troup
    Immerse yourself in steampunk brought to life with interactive readings from your favourite steampunk books and performances by the In Visible Light Troupe.

    Steampunk gaming
    Explore the latest in virtual reality steampunk gaming and battle it out with boards, cards and dice in a selection of steampunk role-playing games.

    Your own steam
    If you’ve got a story to tell, take your tale to town in our Steam Zines and comics workshop.

    Bookings essential for this free event for young people ages 15 – 24.

    Haymarket Library
    Sunday 9 April 2017 from 3pm to 6pm
  • Easter school holidays Franken-bot workshops at Haymarket Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017
  • Book now

    If you love making and inventing things out of bits n’ pieces, we’ve got the workshop that’ll put your creativity to task.

    Schools out, so, to celebrate, we’ve got hands-on making sessions where you can get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    In this workshop for 8-12 year olds come in with an old toy or use ours to refashion it as a ‘Franken-bot’ from leftover parts and pieces.

    Then, fuse your ‘Franken-bot’ with our Edison robots and challenge yourself and your creation with robotic play.

    Go head-to-head in a Hebocon-style challenge. Put your brilliant bot to the test by wrestling and wrangling Edison educational toy robots.

    This free workshop will pull the crowds, so bookings are essential.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Late Night Library: Crime Scenes
    Thursday 4 May 2017
  • Book now

    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepared to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    According to Cluedo, the library is an ideal place for a crime… Colonel Mustard with a candlestick blah blah blah. We agree. Only the Little Fictions’ crime stories you’ll hear won’t be cosy whodunits. Former prison teachers turned fictionists, Mark O’Flynn and Julie Chevalier have written stories with a birds’ eye view of a restorative justice circle (‘A Lovely Outing’) and a prisoner’s first day of release (‘Meant’). Susan McCreery and Shady Cosgrove give bite-sized slices of crime in suburbia in ‘Call the Ambulance’, ‘Outlet’ and ‘Disturbance’ while Richard Holt’s ‘Bush Burial’ will send chills down your spine. We’ll play a few quick rounds of Exquisite Corpse to test our collective express-crime writing skills and then round off the evening with ‘I Hate Crime Fiction’, an old style radio play with a post-modern bent written by anti-realist Melbourne spoken word performer, Eddy Burger.

    Hosted by noir aficionado, Adam Norris and performed by Eleni Schumacher, Felix Johnson, Oscar Morphew and Lauren Hamilton Neill, this will be an engrossing and entertaining hour set in the mean streets of Haymarket.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.
    Late Night Library usually books out, so to avoid disappointment be sure to book for this event.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 4 May 2017 from 9pm to 10pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2017