Newtown Library

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closure notice

All branches will be closed on Friday 21 October for a staff development day.

You can still return books at the after-hours return chute. All branches will re-open as normal on Saturday 22 October.

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

Features

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 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
  • Make and Create @ Newtown
    Monday 3 October 2016
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    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

  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 10 October 2016
  • 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 1 February to Monday 19 December 2016

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 11 April, Monday 18 April, Anzac Day, Queen's Birthday, Monday 4 July, Monday 11 July, Monday 26 September and Labour Day

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 10 October 2016
  • 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 1 February to Monday 19 December 2016

    Except Easter Monday, Monday 11 April, Monday 18 April, Anzac Day, Queen's Birthday, Monday 4 July, Monday 11 July, Monday 26 September and Labour Day

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Talking Heads: Sean Rabin
    Tuesday 25 October 2016
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    Come and meet one of Australia’s best-loved authors, Sean Rabin, and join him the mesmerising world of his new novel Wood Green.

    In a small town at the foot of a mountain on the edge of the world, Michael Pollard’s life is about to change forever. He arrives in Tasmania to work for Lucian Clarke – once a famous author, now a mysterious recluse. As their relationship develops their hidden agendas are revealed, in a thrilling story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

    Set against a backdrop of stunning Tasmanian scenery, Wood Green is a funny, fascinating and mysterious tale about a young apprentice and his aging master. Along the way, you’ll be enchanted by an unforgettable town and the quirky characters caught in its web.

    Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Sean Rabin has worked as a dishwasher, cook, script reader, copy editor, and journalist. His short stories have been published in Australia and the United States. One of Sean Rabin’s short stories was selected for the Best Australian Short Stories (2012) published by Black Inc.

    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 the Gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 25 October 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Talking Heads: Mark Tedeschi QC
    Tuesday 29 November 2016
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    Join barrister and Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi QC, as he shares chilling tales of the 1838 massacre of 28 Aboriginal men, women and children at Myall Creek.

    Mark will share his startling research into the trial, and explore the incredible role of John Hubert Plunkett, the prosecutor who brought the men responsible to justice. Known as ‘the Martin Luther King of colonial Australia,’ Plunkett was determined to see a fair and unprejudiced legal system for Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

    As a Barrister and a Crown Prosecutor for thirty-five years, Mark Tedeschi AM QC has appeared in some of the most significant criminal cases in Australia. His book Murder at Myall Creek is based on his thorough research into this atrocity and his deep, professional understanding of the colonial justice system.

    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.

    Bookings are recommended.

    Please note: Unfortunately the Gallery space at Newtown Library is accessible only by stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 29 November 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2016