Newtown Library

Newtown Library

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Temporarily closed

While we install self-service technology, Newtown Library will be closed from 6 February and will reopen on 13 March 2017.

Find out more on upgrades and closure dates.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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
  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 13 March 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.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 11am to 11.45am

    Monday 13 March to Monday 11 December 2017

    Except Monday 10 April, Monday 24 April, Monday 3 July, Monday 10 July, Monday 17 July and Monday 25 September

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 13 March 2017
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combine 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.

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

    Newtown Library
    Mondays, 10am to 10.30am

    Monday 13 March to Monday 11 December 2017

    Except Monday 10 April, Monday 24 April, Monday 3 July, Monday 10 July, Monday 17 July and Monday 25 September

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Maker and creator workshop at Newtown Library
    Monday 20 March 2017
  • Book now

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making session. Evolve your skills in a workshop where your creation can come home with you.

    Workshops for 8-12 year old children.

    Cardboard automation
    Explore and experiment with basic mechanical components such as levers and cams as you work out ways to make your sculpture move.

    This session is free and runs for 1 hour.

    Bookings are essential as there are a lot of keen crafters out there.

    Newtown Library
    Monday 20 March 2017 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Easter school holidays Franken-bot workshops at Newtown Library
    Monday 10 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 5-8 year olds, fabricate a costume for our Ozobot robots using only recycled and craft stuff. Then put them to the test in a series of challenges.

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

    Newtown Library
    Monday 10 April 2017 from 11am to 12pm
  • Late Night Library: Oh Baby It's A Wild World
    Thursday 20 April 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, prepare 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.

    ‘It’s hard to get by, just upon a smile.’ Comedian Jack Gow is going to give Cat Stevens’ survival strategy a red hot go. Join Jack and the talented Little Fictions team for a night of stories about how to grow up.

    Got a deadbeat dad? Take Angela Argent’s advice: hire a hotted up car, find a dusty country road and challenge him to a game of ‘chicken’. Your teenager daughter doesn’t exactly fit in – she prefers her new soccer-dyke Barbie doll to watching Australia’s most eligible bachelor? Your son is an alien, totally out of step with his peers and you’re not really convinced the Safe Schools policy will fly? Relax. Shady Cosgrove and Patrick Lenton have hacks for the younger queer life. At Little Fictions’ Late Night Library, you’ll get study tips from Kirsten Tranter’s bot and hear about Jon Steiner’s Shady Oaks where Baby Boomers age disgracefully.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Newtown Library
    Thursday 20 April 2017 from 9pm to 10pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 10 January 2017