Kings Cross Library

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Local legend

Kings Cross Library has a long local history. It was established in 1959 and opened on its current site in 2004. Today it opens 7 days a week.

To become a member complete an online application or fill out a form when you next visit. It is free to join if you are a NSW resident.

Opening hours

  • Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 7pm
  • Wednesday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Features

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

  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities
  • daily newspapers
  • a wide collection of newspapers and magazines
  • weekly rhyme and storytimes

Readers' group

The Kings Cross Library readers' group is still establishing numbers and is currently looking for new members. The group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 1.30pm to 3pm in the audio visual area on the first floor. All are welcome to join.

Loans, returns and renewals

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.


Contacts

Kings Cross Library
Level 1, 50–52 Darlinghurst Road
Kings Cross NSW 2011
02 9246 4530

  • What’s on
  • Late Night Library: Between the Stacks
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Between the Stacks is a new site-specific dance work by French-born Sydney-based choreographer and dancer Cloé Fournier, exploring the relationship between the built environment and the human body.

    Made especially for Late Night Library using the real and imagined history of Kings Cross Library and the site on which it stands, Between the Stacks will see the audience move from floor to floor, guided through the library by a nameless keeper of memories who offers vignettes of life in the moonlight.

    Playful, immersive, and just a little bit spooky, this will be unlike any other late night event in a library you’ve ever seen.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    There will be two sessions of this work presented on the same date, running approximately 35 minutes (8pm-8.35pm and 9pm-9.35pm)

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 8pm to 9.30pm
  • Storytime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 31 May 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.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Wednesday 15 March to Wednesday 13 December 2017

    Except Wednesday 12 April, Wednesday 19 April, Wednesday 5 July, Wednesday 12 July, Wednesday 27 September and Wednesday 4 October

  • Rhymetime @ Kings Cross
    Wednesday 31 May 2017
  • Event details

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

    For 0-2 year olds.

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

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Wednesday 15 March to Wednesday 13 December 2017

    Except Wednesday 12 April, Wednesday 19 April, Wednesday 5 July, Wednesday 12 July, Wednesday 27 September and Wednesday 4 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Glitz ‘n’ Glamour
    Saturday 3 June 2017
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    This event is currently booked out.
    Come along and join our ‘walk up’ queue on the night – opens 5 minutes before the event.

    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    Be transported to the Cross in the 1960s, a bright and heady centre for entertainment. Eartha Kitt and Jerry Lee Lewis take the stage as go-go girls, strip clubs and rock ‘n’ roll dancers thrive. With artists and American servicemen carving out a culture of excess, homelessness and addictions emerge in this fun-loving part of the city.

    Meet some of our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Alan Brown
    Once Maître D’ of the famous Le Trianon, Alan chats about his encounters with everyone from high flyers to extraordinary residents.

    Vittorio Bianchi
    As the colourful owner of the 62-year-old Piccolo Bar, a Kings Cross institution, Vittorio has seen it all.

    Jan Carroll
    Growing up in the Cross in the 40s and 50s, local writer Jan recently published her first book.

    Ayesha
    A member of Les Girls for 21 years, Ayesha is still swanning the streets in her glamorous outfits with her dog You Hoo.

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 60s from Piccolo Tales.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 3 June 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Kings Cross Library
    Monday 19 June 2017
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    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 19 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 26 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 3 July 2017
    Introduction to email – 10 July 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 17 July 2017
    Introduction to social media – 24 July 2017

    See the full description of session times by clicking the book tickets link.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays, 11am to 1pm

    Monday 19 June to Monday 24 July 2017

  • Late Night Library: Spacejunk
    Wednesday 21 June 2017
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    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Join us for a night of dark, whimsical, sci-fi puppetry inspired by graphic novels, space technology, environmentalism and the power of light and shade. You’ll see a brand new shadow puppetry show followed by a fun interactive workshop where you can contribute to designs for the first outer space human colony and meet various puppet characters. Also have a chance to play with a range of puppets at your leisure.

    Artists Aesha Henderson and Samantha Hickey are Sight By Storm. They create and produce performative experiences and visual journeys through puppetry, installation, sound, and theatre.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Late Night Library usually books out, avoid disappointment and book your ticket.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair accessible.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 21 June 2017 from 8pm to 9.15pm
  • NAIDOC Storytime at Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 28 June 2017
  • Event details

    Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn) is an actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the Nyungar nation in Western Australia. Embracing the 2017 NAIDOC theme of Our Languages Matter, Kylie will draw from the library’s Koori Collection and share her love of language and song in storytime sessions.

    Kylie will also be delivering a storytime at Redfern Community Centre’s NAIDOC flag raising on Monday 3 July.

    This 45-minute free event is suitable for a pre-school audience (3 to 5 year-olds).

    Bookings aren’t necessary but arrive early as space is limited.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 28 June 2017 from 11am to 11.45am
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Power to the People
    Saturday 1 July 2017
  • Book now

    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    The 1970s saw the Cross in the grips of change. Taking on the developers, ‘the people’ eventually halted plans to build the Towers along Victoria Street. Amidst the sexual revolution and the rise of women’s rights, gay pride came to the Cross in a pivotal protest that gave birth to the Mardi Gras.

    Meet some of our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Elizabeth Burton
    Elizabeth shares her first-hand stories about the golden age of stripping in the Cross. Living at the heart of late-night culture, her dancing took her to Vietnam and America.

    Ian Millis
    In the 70s, this artist, activist and longtime local helped save the integrity of the the Cross in the face of the Victoria Street development.

    Jeannie Lewis
    To add some song to the stories, feminist and activist, Jeannie, will be performing.

    Mandy Sayer
    Growing up on Victoria Street, Mandy has since published 5 works of non-fiction largely set in the Cross. This Vogel Award winner still resides in the neighbourhood.

    Vittorio Bianchi
    As the colourful owner of the 62-year-old Piccolo Bar, a Kings Cross institution, Vittorio has seen it all.

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 70s from Piccolo Tales.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 1 July 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Virtual reality filmmaking workshop
    Saturday 22 July 2017
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    Get familiar with new approaches to filmmaking and immersive digital environments in this entry level workshop led by Studio Mod.

    This 3-hour workshop will get you acquainted with the current state of VR filmmaking. We’ll also introduce you to the tools of the trade such as VR head mounted displays including Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive. Then, realise your imagination by creating 360 video for social VR platforms like Youtube and Facebook.

    You’ll also gain an understanding of VR filmmaking post production issues and get hands-on experience using the library’s new computer lab and software. Let your new skills loose with the latest Adobe Creative Suite and Digital Editions software. These programs are also available to use at Kings Cross Library following the workshop.

    Studio Mod
    Creators of interactive entertainment and immersive experience, we’re storytellers, media artists and creative coders. We realise real experiences for a wide range of audiences and organisations. Founded by Michela Ledwidge and Mish Sparks, we’re also the developers of Rack&Pin, the management software platform designed for managing ‘mixed reality’ experiences.

    This 3-hour session is best suited for people 16+ with basic skills and knowledge in digital media. Workshop tickets are $50 per person with a maximum of just 16 participants.

    Bookings are essential.

    Kings Cross Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 22 July 2017 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Everyone’s got a Story: Kings Cross - Saturday Night
    Saturday 5 August 2017
  • Book now

    Join iconic and ‘ordinary’ locals as they bring Kings Cross’ unique character to life with stories, live music and film. This special series produced by artist and performer, Vashti Hughes, will take us on a journey through the decades.

    Going back to the 1980s, the Cross is still the place to let your hair down. The thrill of nightlife is now mixed with an increase of people doing it tough. AIDS and drug-related deaths were fast putting out the party. In the background, sounds were changing and so was fashion and feel.

    Meet some of our storytellers

    Vashti Hughes
    Vashti has a gift for character. With Kings Cross as her stamping ground, she’s played a variety of roles and curated cabarets. Her latest show, Piccolo Tales, set in the Piccolo Café Bar, celebrates the colourful characters of the Cross.

    Tony Mott
    As Australia’s leading rock photographer, Tony has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries. Working at all the Cross’ venues, he talks about the 80s music scene.

    Celia Curtis
    When not painting dinosaurs at Erth, Celia sings with White Knuckle Fever. She’ll be performing some of the hits of the 80s with Ross Johnston.

    Ross Johnston
    Ex Machine Gun Fellatio, music industry all-rounder, Ross currently writes music and jingles as well as performing.

    Vittorio Bianchi
    As the colourful owner of the 62-year-old Piccolo Bar, a Kings Cross institution, Vittorio has seen it all.

    Vashti and Vittorio will give a short performance about the Cross in the 80s from Piccolo Tales. They’ll also be a selection of 80s music clips.

    Free event suitable for 18+. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited.

    Everyone’s got a Story – Kings Cross sessions:

    All That Jazz 1950s – Saturday 5 May
    Glitz’n’Glamour 1960s – Saturday 3 June
    Power to the People 1970s – Saturday 1 July
    Saturday Night 1980s – Saturday 5 August

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 5 August 2017 from 4pm to 5pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017