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, 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
  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Monday 9 May 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on 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

  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Freak Me Out
    Tuesday 24 May 2016
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    The City of Sydney Library and Sydney Film Festival have teamed up to present The Bluffer’s Guide, essential insights into cinema that will arm you for your next dinner party and have you bluffing along with the best cinephiles.

    The programmer of the Freak Me Out section of Sydney Film Festival 2016, Richard Kuipers, provides a sneak peek at some of the freakiest films of the year.

    Kuipers will show snippets and talk about the process of selecting films for the festival.

    Bring along your questions, your curiosity and your courage. This year’s selection is bound to set your pulse racing.

    PLEASE NOTE: this event has been moved to Brown Street Community Hall, at the rear of Newtown Library. Brown Street Community Hall is wheelchair accessible via a stair lift.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 24 May 2016 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Better Read's Talking Heads: Chris Allen
    Tuesday 31 May 2016
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    Chris Allen writes escapist action thrillers for realists, having seen and done it all.

    A former paratrooper, Allen served in three Commonwealth armies across 2 decades and 4 continents. He left the military due to injuries, retiring at the rank of major. In addition to his military career, Allen served with 3 law enforcement agencies in Australia, led security operations for an international aid agency in East Timor during the emergency in 1999, and was headhunted to take over the protection of Australia’s most recognisable landmark, the Sydney Opera House. In 2008, Chris was appointed Sheriff of New South Wales, one of the country’s most historic law enforcement appointments.

    In his 4-part Intrepid series, Allen draws the reader deep into the action. His protagonist, Alex Morgan, embodies Allen’s own military and law enforcement insider experience. Intrepid is the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol, a top-secret black ops taskforce operating in the shadows to protect the world’s most vulnerable people from the worst among us.

    In book 2, Alex Morgan is on the hunt for Serbian war criminals and you know it’s not going to be easy.

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

    Bookings recommended.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 31 May 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Make and Create @ Newtown
    Monday 6 June 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 essential.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

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

    Monday 1 February to Monday 5 December 2016

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 March 2016