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 26 February 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 26 February 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

  • Speak me mighty with Matriark
    Saturday 10 March 2018
  • Event details

    Bring your words with you or write them in the workshop. Then turn them into a performance with the visuals and soundscapes of Matriark Theatre. If you’ve got something to say, this is a safe place to say it. Grow your tiny whisper into a mighty voice.

    Our regular meet-ups for high-school students start with spoken word. Matriark Theatre joins us for some creative collaboration in our 3-hour workshop. At the end, you’ll put on a public performance and present your poetry.

    This is a 2-part event:

    Workshop: 4pm – 7pm
    Hone your writing and self-expression through a series of writing exercises with poet Dr Gareth Jenkins. Members of Matriark Theatre will work with you to produce projections and soundscapes that make your words come alive. Grow your confidence in this non-competitive environment.
    Book a place.

    Performance: 7.30pm – 8.30pm
    After the workshop, participants will put on a short performance for friends and supporters. Spoken words blend with audio and visuals to add another dimension to your words.
    Book to watch the performance. Only book if you’re not attending the workshop.

    Matriark Theatre
    Sydney-based theatre-makers, Matriark, create new work for young people and families. Residing above Waterloo Library in one of the City of Sydney’s new creative live/work spaces, the ensemble hails from a variety of creative backgrounds. Matriark uses puppetry and physical comedy to build worlds and imagine surreal characters and stories for the stage. Its work has graced numerous Sydney stages, including the Monkey Baa Theatre, Casula Powerhouse and Riverside Theatres.

    The free workshop is suitable for high-school students 13+ and no prior experience is necessary. With a maximum of 20, bookings are recommended.

    The free performance is suitable for anyone who appreciates improvisation and the views of young people.

    Newtown Library
    Saturday 10 March 2018 from 4pm to 8.30pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2018