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
  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 29 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.

    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 29 May 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 workshops: Newtown 8-12 years
    Monday 5 June 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. Evolve your skills in a choice of 4 workshops where your creations can come home with you.

    Workshops for 8-12 year olds.

    Squishy circuits: 8 May
    Where science meets invention, turn up your creativity and imagine your own illuminated creature to life. Get squishy with conductive play dough and light up your beast with LEDs.
    Book now

    Paper circuits: 22 May
    Light-up your drawings! Fashion your own electrical circuits on paper to illuminate your illustrations with little lights.
    Book now

    Wearable electronics: 5 June
    Be the brightest by wearing a badge like no other. Mix-it-up with an assortment of conductive material, a battery and some LED lights.
    Book now

    Wind tube: 19 June
    If aerodynamics make you take flight, make your own flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.
    Book now

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour from May to June.

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

    Newtown Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 8 May to Monday 19 June 2017

  • NAIDOC Storytime: Newtown Library
    Monday 26 June 2017
  • Event details

    Peta Strachan at Newtown Library.

    A feast of traditional and contemporary dance, story, culture and artefacts. Learn the ‘leaf’ and ‘honey bee’ dance as well as some traditional language. Be inspired to follow in Peta’s footsteps who, as a child, dreamt of being a dancer and went on to dance with the prestigious Bangarra Dance Theatre.

    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.

    Newtown Library
    Monday 26 June 2017 from 11am to 11.45am
  • Australian Poetry Slam
    Saturday 15 July 2017
  • Book now

    As part of the City of Sydney Library school holiday program, heat up your passion for spoken word. Sharpen your skills at a spoken word performance workshop run by Word Travels. Then, stick around for the only heat of the Australian Poetry Slam just for high school age students. Join the competition or sit back and enjoy performers speak, scream, howl, whisper or even sing their poems, stories, lyrics and monologues.

    Spoken word workshop: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

    Word Travels’ Australian Poetry Slam Workshop will inspire you to create your own performance piece. Renowned performer, Zohab Khan, will share his own material, then help you find new ways to express your ideas. Join in some theatre and writing games to spark your imagination.

    Australian Poetry Slam – competition for young people (12-18 years)

    Enter the one and only youth heat of the national Australian Poetry Slam. Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to impress judges chosen from the live audience with their original piece. 2 writers from this heat will perform at the Sydney slam final. Sydney winners go to the NSW final then 2 winners from each state go to at the national final.

    To compete or watch the heat, book a spot in the audience.

    Turn up at 7pm for a 7.30pm start!

    Zohab Khan
    As an educator, spoken word poet, motivational speaker, didgeridoo player, musician and hip-hop artist, Zohab holds the 2014 title of Australian Poetry Slam Champion. He made it to the finals of the International Poetry Slam in Madrid and runs poetry workshops across the world. He is a co-founder of The Pakistan Poetry Slam. His first collection of poetry, I Write, reached bestseller status.

    Newtown Library
    Saturday 15 July 2017 from 4.30pm to 9.30pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017