Newtown Library

Newtown Library

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In the 'hood

Newtown Library is located just off King Street, in an historic building known as the Salvation Army Citadel. Built in 1883, the building was renovated to house the library in 1995.

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 and Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 4pm


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

  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning and printing facilities
  • a wide collection of newspapers and magazines
  • weekly rhyme and storytimes
  • dedicated local history collection
  • dedicated gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender collection.

Loans, returns and renewals

Members can borrow up to 30 items for up to 3 weeks. 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.

The after-hours return chute is on Brown Street near the main entrance.


Newtown Library
8–10 Brown Street
Newtown NSW 2042
02 8512 4250

  • What’s on
  • Australian Poetry Slam
    Sunday 22 July 2018
  • Event details

    Ignite your passion for spoken word. Sharpen your skills at our spoken word performance workshop run by Word Travels and Philip Wilcox.

    Stick around for 1 of only 2 high school heats of the Australian Poetry Slam. Join the competition or click your fingers along as performers speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing their pieces.

    Workshop: 4.30pm–6.30pm
    Word Travels’ Australian Poetry Slam workshop will inspire and encourage you to create your own performance piece. Renowned performer, Philip Wilcox, will share his own material, then help you find new ways to express your ideas. Join some theatre and writing games to spark your imagination.

    Poetry slam heat 7.30pm -9:30pm
    Writers and performers are given a mic to perform their original piece and impress the judges chosen from the live audience. 2 writers from the slam heat will go on to perform at the Sydney final of the Australian Poetry Slam.

    Philip Wilcox
    Multi-award winning poet, Philip Wilcox is the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam Champion and a 2-time NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He has featured in major events like the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival and Newtown Festival, where he performed for a crowd of over 8 000. Philip headlined the Melbourne event Voices in the Attic and represented NSW against Victoria in an interstate exhibition slam.
    Philip is also a playwright. He co-wrote and directed Thursday, the most popular production of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.

    To participate or watch the heat, make sure to book a seat in the audience. You can sign up on the night to perform.

    Workshop participants are limited to 20 people, so book early to take part.

    Newtown Library
    Sunday 22 July 2018 from 4.30pm to 9pm
  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 23 July 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading 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.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 11am to 11.45am

    Monday 5 February to Monday 17 December 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July, Monday 16 July, Labour Day and Monday 8 October

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 23 July 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

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

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 10am to 10.30am

    Monday 12 February to Monday 17 December 2018

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 16 April, Monday 23 April, Queen's Birthday, Monday 9 July, Monday 16 July, Monday 24 September, Labour Day and Monday 8 October

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2018