Newtown Library

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Newtown Library
Temporary closure

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Newtown Library will be closed from Monday 23 May to Monday 4 July 2016 for an upgrade to the bathroom facilities.

During the closure you can still return books at the after-hours return chute.

You can also return and borrow books from our pop-up library at Erskineville Town Hall, 104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville:

  • Monday: 10am–6pm
  • Tuesday to Friday: 1pm–5pm
  • Saturday: 11am–4pm
  • Sunday: Closed

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, printing and photocopying 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
  • Make and Create @ Newtown
    Monday 6 June 2016
  • Book now

    Does your child show artistic promise? Our Library run workshops for all types of creative minds.

    One of our inspired library staff will help kids create their very own drawings, paper hats, felt badges, jewellery and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination.

    For 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings are recommended and there are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Newtown Library
    1st Monday of each month, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 6 June to Monday 5 December 2016

  • Winter Warmers @ Newtown Library
    Monday 11 July 2016
  • Book now

    It may be cold outside, but staying indoors doesn’t have to mean more screen time.

    We will be hosting chill-themed craft activities like snow dome making, windy day kites, mobiles, and colourful dreamcatchers to brighten up the grey winter days and keep kids entertained these school holiday.

    These free sessions are suitable for 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings open now.

    Newtown Library
    Monday 11 July 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Talking Heads: Emily Maquire
    Tuesday 26 July 2016
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    Get to know Sydney-based author Emily Maguire, whose new novel An isolated incident, explores society’s obsession with pretty dead girls and reflects on the difficulty of recognising humanity in someone who has committed monstrous acts.

    Emily Maguire is the author of Fishing for Tigers, Smoke in the Room, The Gospel According to Luke, Princesses and Pornstars: Sex + Power + Identity, Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice and the international bestseller Taming the Beast. Named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year in 2010 and 2013, she also publishes regular articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature.

    We’ve programmed a series of monthly author talks, created in partnership with the much-loved Newtown bookshop Better Read Than Dead. We let the writers do the talking as we hear from a lively mix of the best local, emerging and best-selling authors.

    Please note: Unfortunately you can only reach the gallery space at Newtown Library via stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Bookings recommended.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 26 July 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Last updated: Friday, 13 May 2016