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

Features

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 library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.

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


Contacts

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

  • What’s on
  • School holidays at Newtown Library (ages 8-12)
    Tuesday 26 September 2017
  • Book now

    Schools out, so, to celebrate, we’ve got free hands-on making sessions for kids. They’ll have fun while they get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    This school holidays we’ll be exploring motion and robotics.

    8-12 years: Edison Sumo Battle
    Build Lego armour onto our Edison robots and challenge yourself and your creation with robotic play. Go head-to-head in a Hebocon-style challenge as you wrestle, wrangle and put your brilliant bot to the test.

    Workshop are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Different school holiday workshops are on at each branch. Go to Kids and teens at the library for full details.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 11am to 12pm
  • Speak your Mind: Climate change
    Tuesday 26 September 2017
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    Our climate change experts will shine a factual light on the contemporary climate debate. Alongside them, our speculative fiction writers conjure an imagined future of desolate landscapes and resource scarcity.

    Panellists

    Daniel Findlay – Year of the Orphan
    Historian and kids’ writer, Dan has edited leading youth magazines and is a freelance writer and photographer. His debut novel Year of the Orphan is set in the Australian outback in a post-apocalyptic future.

    Harriet McKnight – Rain Birds
    Harriet’s work has been shortlisted for the Overland VU and other prestigious short story prizes. She is currently Managing Editor of The Canary Press and Rain Birds is her debut novel.

    Mark Butler – Climate Wars
    Mark is Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and National President of the ALP. He has also previously held the ministries of mental health, housing, homelessness, social inclusion, climate change and the environment.

    Jane Rawson – The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change
    Her first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Small Press Network’s 2014 Most Underrated Book. Jane was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for her sci-fi novel, Formaldehyde.

    Jim Chalmers
    Jim is a Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance and previously was the chief of staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer. He has a PhD in political science and international relations and author of Glory Daze (2013).

    This is a free event. Bookings recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead

    Unfortunately the gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Speak Your Mind is series of topical panels that feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is an opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 September 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Meditation station: Newtown Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney Library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Newtown Library
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am to 7pm
    Tuesdays, 10am to 6pm
    Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 5pm
    Weekends, 11am to 4pm

    Sunday 1 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

    Please note:
    Closed on public holidays

  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 2 October 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 2 October 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.

  • Speak your Mind: Wellness
    Tuesday 17 October 2017
  • Book now

    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to join in the conversation.

    The contemporary wellness movement encourages active participation in dieting, exercise, alternative medicine and mindfulness. Our panel will discuss wellness from multiple perspectives and answer questions around your own search for wellness.

    Our panellists

    Leanne Hall – Head First, Health Fast
    As an experienced integrative psychologist, qualified personal trainer and nutrition coach, Leanne focuses on prevention and sustainable health. Lecturing at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, she also features as a health expert on Channel 10 and writes for Open Colleges.

    Lola Berry – Beauty Food
    As a leading nutritionist, Lola appears on The Project, The Today Show and A Current Affair. A spokesperson on nutrition and wellbeing, she’s devised the groundbreaking 20/20 Diet, based on her own weight journey and has authored 6 bestselling books. Lola believes you decide how you nourish your body, mind and soul – every day

    Brigid Delaney – Wellmania
    A senior writer for Guardian Australia, Brigid previously worked as a lawyer and journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Telegraph (London), Ninemsn and CNN. She is also the author of 2 books: This Restless Life and Wild Things.

    Richard Cornish – Brain Food
    Richard came to food writing with a mission: to bring authenticity to the serious tone of Australia’s food media. His column, Brain Food aims to have fun with the concepts of food, cooking and dining while delivering down-to-earth information.

    Tickets are limited and bookings are recommended.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    Unfortunately, the venue is accessible only by stairs

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Speak your Mind: Technology
    Tuesday 7 November 2017
  • Book now

    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to join in the conversation.

    Technology plays a pivotal role in our daily lives; in the way we work, communicate, shop and spend our time. This panel explores surveillance, connectivity, the changing workplace and the role of technology in consumerism.

    Our panellists

    Mike Quigley – Changing Jobs
    As the first employee of the Australian NBN company and its CEO for 4 years, Mike is now Adjunct Professor at UTS’ School of Computing and Communications.

    Jim Chalmers – Changing Jobs
    As Labor MP and Shadow Minister for Finance, Jim was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer before being elected to Parliament. With a PhD in political science and international relations, he’s the author of Glory Daze.

    Lyn McLean – Wireless Wise Families
    As Australia’s foremost consumer advocate on the issue of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), Lyn monitors and writes on the subject. Publisher of quarterly periodical, EMR and Health, she’s also Director of EMR Australia.

    Richard Denniss – Affluenza
    Formerly head of the Australia Institute, Richard is now its Chief Economist. Moving between policy-focused roles in academia, federal politics and think-tanks, he co-authored Affluenza and writes for the AFR and The Monthly.

    Claire Corbett – Watch Over Me
    Claire’s worked in film and government policy. After publishing her first novel, When We Have Wings, her fiction essays have been published in Southerly and Overland. She also writes on defence for The Diplomat and The Monthly.

    Free event suitable ages 18+. Bookings are essential.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 7 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Speak your Mind: Race
    Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Book now

    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to put your questions to the panel and join in the conversation.

    This panel explores the diversity of Australia through fiction, memoir and non-fiction writing. The discussion focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ perspectives and multiculturalism – tackling the issues of incarceration, sexuality, stereotypes and feminism.

    Our panellists

    Peter Polites – Down the Hume
    Of Greek descent, Peter wrote and performed Three Jerks about the Cronulla riots and has been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in Western Sydney. Down The Hume is his first novel.

    Jenevieve Chang – Good Girl of Chinatown
    Born in Taiwan, Jenevieve worked for China’s first Vaudeville Burlesque club and has performed her family stories for the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

    Amal Awad – Beyond Veiled Cliches
    Writer, journalist, author and public speaker, Amal has written for SBS Life and ELLE and is a producer for ABC Radio National. She’s authored Courting Samira and Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women.

    Megan Williams – #JustJustice
    A Wiradjuri descendant, Megan is a Senior Lecturer at UTS with extensive experience drawing out insights from research. She’s also active in the #JustJustice project, publishing examples of Aboriginal-led solutions to over-incarceration.

    Free event suitable ages 18+. Bookings are essential.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017