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 21 May 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 21 May 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

  • Teaching kids good money habits
    Thursday 7 June 2018
  • Book now

    Pocket money. Should you pay it to your kids or not?

    Join lawyer, accountant, lecturer, mother-of-3 and founder of Kids Money Habits, Amy Koit. She’ll lead a series of talks for parents and carers to help their young kids become financially literate.

    We’ll explore the tools for teaching primary school-aged kids about money and pinpoint daily opportunities where parents can apply the lessons.

    In these 3 interactive sessions, find out what financial literacy means, the significance of chatting about money with kids, and how to introduce different money concepts at home. Participants are encouraged to come with questions and tips that have worked for them in helping to build their children’s financial literacy.

    Thursday 5 April, 6pm-7pm
    Explore what earning money means and the pros and cons of putting plans like pocket money and paid household chores into action. Share and brainstorm ideas for helping young kids earn their own money.

    Thursday 3 May, 6pm-7pm
    Saving is more than putting away money to spend. Explore 2 notions of saving and how developing good habits is relevant in other aspects of life. Discuss types of goal setting and how to measure and motivate children in achieving them.

    Thursday 7 June, 6pm-7pm
    Kids are no strangers to seeing money spent, so the notion of teaching them to spend can be challenging. Discuss how to best educate them, and the difference between spending and using money.

    Amy Koit looks at finance from all angles. Seeing the deficit in building healthy financial foundations, she investigated the many methods of teaching financial literacy, before developing her own.

    Free event. Bookings recommended.

    Newtown Library
    1st Thursday of each month, 6pm to 7pm

    Thursday 5 April to Thursday 7 June 2018

    Thursday 3 May 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
    Thursday 7 June 2018 from 6pm to 7pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2018