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, 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 7 March 2016
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    Come to the library to make and create! One of our inspired library staff will help you create your very own artwork. From paper hats through to felt badges, jewellery making, and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

    For 5-12 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Every 1st Monday, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 March to Monday 2 May 2016

  • Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
    Tuesday 15 March 2016
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    Mette Edvardsen presents Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine: a collection of living books at Newtown Library as part of ‘The Future of Disappearance’. This is a special project curated by André Lepecki for The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed, which is the title of the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

    The artist has worked with a group of performers who have memorised a book of their choosing. Through these individual acts of remembering, the participants together form a collection of living books.

    Members of the public are invited to register to have a one-on-one experience with one of Edvardsen’s ‘books’, which will take about half an hour. Visitors choose a text, and the ‘book’, in turn, takes them to a place or setting in the library, or possibly for a walk, reciting content and perhaps offering interpretations along the way.

    Newtown Library
    Every day, 10am to 5pm

    Tuesday 15 March to Saturday 19 March 2016

  • Better Read's Talking Heads: Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston
    Tuesday 29 March 2016
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    The 1975 dismissal remains our greatest political and constitutional crisis. The events of 11th November 1975, when the Governor General Sir John Kerr terminated Gough Whitlam’s government and Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser was sworn-in as caretaker Prime Minister still has the capacity to surprise and astonish from one generation to the next.

    2015 marks 40 years since the dismissal of the Whitlam government. To coincide with this anniversary, two leading journalists – The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly and The Australian’s senior writer Troy Bramston – joined forces to write the definitive book on this controversial event, The Dismissal: In the Queen’s Name.

    The Talking Heads series is presented in partnership with Better Read Than Dead Bookshop, Newtown.

    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 March 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Newtown
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential

    Newtown Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 5pm to 6pm
  • Tut 101 @ Newtown (8-12 years)
    Monday 11 April 2016
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    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Monday 11 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Tut 101 @ Newtown (12-18 years)
    Wednesday 13 April 2016
  • Book now

    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Newtown Library
    Wednesday 13 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Better Read's Talking Heads: Fiona McFarlane
    Tuesday 26 April 2016
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    Fiona McFarlane has the uncanny ability to tell an unlikely story in a way that is completely convincing. Original and witty, The High Places is richly nuanced writing full of surprises from a truly talented storyteller. The Night Guest introduced an Australian writer ‘with the promise of literary greatness’ (The Los Angeles Times) and The High Places delivers on that promise.

    The stories featured in The High Places find those moments when people confront the strangeness and mystery of their lives: the revelations of intimidating old friends on holiday; an accident on a dark country road; a marine biologist in conversation with the ghost of Charles Darwin; the sudden arrival of American parachutists in a Queensland country town; a lottery win; and a farmer troubled by miracles in the middle of a drought.

    The people in The High Places are jolted into seeing themselves from a fresh and often disconcerting perspective. Ranging around the world from a remote Pacific island to outback Australia to the tourist haunts of Greece, these stories are written with extraordinary invention, great emotional insight and wry humour. Each one is as rich and rewarding as literature can be.

    Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her debut novel, The Night Guest, is sold in 19 territories around the world and was published in 15 languages.

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

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016