Newtown Library

Newtown Library

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Temporary closure

All City of Sydney libraries will close on Friday 1 December 2017. This is due to a staff development day. The libraries will re-open as normal on Saturday 2 December 2017.

After-hours return chutes are available at Glebe, Green Square, Haymarket, Newtown, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Waterloo library branches.

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 20 November 2017
  • 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 13 March to Monday 11 December 2017

    Except Monday 10 April, Monday 24 April, Monday 3 July, Monday 10 July, Monday 17 July and Monday 25 September

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Monday 20 November 2017
  • 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 13 March to Monday 11 December 2017

    Except Monday 10 April, Monday 24 April, Monday 3 July, Monday 10 July, Monday 17 July and Monday 25 September

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Speak your Mind: Race
    Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • Book now

    This new series of topical panels feature unique Australian voices from fiction authors and academics to activists and experts. Offering readers and writers diverse perspectives on feminism, climate change, wellness, technology and race, this is a great opportunity to put your questions to the panel and join in the conversation.

    This panel explores the diversity of Australia through fiction, memoir and non-fiction writing. The discussion focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ perspectives and multiculturalism – tackling the issues of incarceration, sexuality, stereotypes and feminism.

    Our panellists

    Peter PolitesDown the Hume
    Of Greek descent, Peter wrote and performed Three Jerks about the Cronulla riots. He has been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in western Sydney. Down The Hume is his first novel.

    Jenevieve ChangGood Girl of Chinatown
    Born in Taiwan, Jenevieve worked for China’s first vaudeville burlesque club and has performed her family stories for the Sydney Writers Festival.

    Amal AwadBeyond Veiled Cliches
    Writer, journalist, author and public speaker, Amal has written for SBS Life and Elle, and is a producer for ABC Radio National. She’s authored Courting Samira and Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women.

    Megan Williams – #JustJustice
    A Wiradjuri descendant, Megan is a Senior Lecturer at UTS with extensive experience drawing out insights from research. She’s also active in the #JustJustice project, publishing examples of Aboriginal-led solutions to over-incarceration.

    Free event suitable for ages 18+. Bookings are essential.

    Presented by City of Sydney in collaboration with Better Read Than Dead.

    The gallery space at Newtown Library is unfortunately only accessible by stairs.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Newtown Library
    Tuesday 21 November 2017 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Maker and creator workshops: 8-12 years Newtown
    Tuesday 28 November 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. You’ll get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. There are 4 workshops to build different digital and making skills suitable for kids 8 to 12 years old.

    Circuits and sensors: Tuesday 17 October
    Kids will get to combine our littleBits electronic building blocks with sensors and motors to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sphero maze challenge: Tuesday 31 October
    Young kids will have fun learning about coding with the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball. They’ll get hands-on with their own Sphero ball to navigate mazes and complete challenges.

    Ozobot map challenge: Tuesday 14 November
    Kids will use our Ozobot robots to code their way around a historical map of Sydney. Each Ozobot represents a historic character from the city, allowing kids to step back in time and follow their path. This activity was developed as part of the Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects major exhibition curated by the City Curator, City Archivist and City Historian.

    Chain reaction Christmas: Tuesday 28 November
    Use different objects, circuits and bits and pieces like dominoes and marbles to make your own over-engineered contraption with a Christmas theme.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour. Bookings are essential.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

    Newtown Library
    Fortnightly on Tuesdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 17 October to Tuesday 28 November 2017

Last updated: Monday, 6 November 2017