Kings Cross Library

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


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 You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.


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

  • What’s on
  • Art @ the Library: From picture to book and back again
    Thursday 11 February 2016
  • Event details

    From picture to book and back again, an exhibition of works by David M Henley, brings together the early illustrations and writing of the author to show the interplay between drawing and writing which has built a world for two novellas and a trilogy of futuristic thrillers.

    David M Henley is the author of a trilogy – The Hunt for Pierre Jnr (2013), Manifestations (2014), Convergence (2015) – and has previously written and illustrated two esoteric novellas (The Museum of Unnatural History and Bumbly Goes Forth) and one illustrated love poem (The Story So Far).

    He has worked in Australian trade publishing for all of his adult life, grown a successful design and publishing studio, and is the art director and co-founder of Seizure, an online literary hub.

    Kings Cross Library
    Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Wednesdays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
    Sundays, 11am to 4pm

    Monday 7 December 2015 to Thursday 25 February 2016

    Except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Sunday 27 December, Public holiday Mon 28 December and New Year's Day

  • Late Night Library: Queerstories
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
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    Join Rebecca Shaw, Candy Royalle, Emma Jane, Morgan Carpenter and Colleen Windsor for a few of our city’s ‘queerstories’, reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

    Our LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and intersex) community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.

    Settle into the Kings Cross Library and listen to an unexpected tale or two.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Tut 101 @ Kings Cross (12-18 years)
    Wednesday 9 March 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 9 March 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
    Wednesday 20 April 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Book club at Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 12 March 2016
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    Join a book club at the library for an informal and friendly discussion of literature of all kinds.

    Books will be chosen from a range of genres including award winners, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, crime novels, biographies and quarterly essays.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kings Cross Library
    Saturday 12 March 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 9 April 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
    Saturday 14 May 2016 from 1.30pm to 3pm
  • Authors Up The Cross: Jane Jose
    Tuesday 15 March 2016
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    Jane Jose is an urbanist, author and CEO of the Sydney Community Foundation.

    Jane Jose discusses her passion for community life in cities and her book Places Women Make in which she unearths the unsung urban heroines who have shaped Australian cities through their buildings, spaces and social and political agendas.

    Join us for stimulating monthly author talks and interviews with some of Australia’s most fascinating writers and literary folk.

    The series is held at Kings Cross Library and is presented by the City of Sydney Library in partnership with Potts Point Bookshop.

    Kings Cross Library
    Tuesday 15 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Sydney Songs
    Wednesday 16 March 2016
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    A few of Sydney’s best musicians come together for an evening of songs that feels like home.

    Brendan Maclean, Alison Avron, Maxine Kauter and Sepora will take you on a journey round our city through song, sharing what Sydney means to them, and perhaps shifting or expanding what it means to you.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 16 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Out There Animation!
    Thursday 17 March 2016
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    The City of Sydney Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present ‘The Bluffer’s Guide…’ – essential insights into cinema that will arm you for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best cinephiles.

    Sydney Film Festival’s animation programmer, Malcolm Turner, will present an overview of the indie and alternative animation scene drawn from his most recent travels around the world, as well as a glimpse into the 2016 SFF animation program.

    Malcolm Turner travels the world searching for animated gems, and his tastes are certainly left of centre. He has worked on animation festivals in Australia, London, South Korea, the US and New Zealand.

    Kings Cross Library
    Thursday 17 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Late Night Library: Scarlet Tales
    Wednesday 30 March 2016
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    Kings Cross has a long history and connection to the sex industry. There’s no better place than Kings Cross Library to curl up for an evening of humorous and provocative stories shared by Sydney sex workers.

    Join us for a little history (and ‘whorestory’), as each guest shares a tale from their lives.

    Assumption and misinformation abound when it comes to sex work but nothing is quite as scandalous as the truth.

    Scarlet Tales is a chance to listen to stories from the people who know best – those working in the industry.

    Programmed in partnership with Scarlet Alliance.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 30 March 2016 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Kings Cross
    Monday 4 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years with accompanying adult.

    Bookings essential.

    Kings Cross Library
    Monday 4 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Penny Greenhalgh – Piranha Banana: Llamarama
    Wednesday 27 April 2016
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    Welcome to Piranha Banana: Llamarama, the difficult second album. This chef-d’œuvre is actually very serious, so come prepared to witness a genuine work of genius.

    Straight from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Penny Greenhalgh presents a silly, dumb show certainly with almost no meaning that is fun and hopefully will make you laugh and it features props.

    Penny Greenhalgh is an award-winning comedian and regular cast member/director on The Checkout (ABC1).

    Her debut solo show, Pop Pop, won the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and had sell-out crowds at Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals in 2015. She was listed among The Sydney Morning Herald’s must-see up-and-coming comedians of 2015 and invited by Underbelly to perform at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

    In 2013, Greenhalgh was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation Cultural Trust Grant to attend the prestigious theatre school Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. Television credits include Hungry Beast, Wednesday Night Fever, The Hamster Decides, The Gruen Transfer and The Checkout.

    Kings Cross Library
    Wednesday 27 April 2016 from 8pm to 9pm

Last updated: Thursday, 11 February 2016