Surry Hills Library

Surry Hills Library

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Flying the flag

The existing Surry Hills Library opened in 2009 and has won a swag of architectural awards for its sustainable design. This flagship City of Sydney building spans 4 floors and also houses a community centre and child care centre. It is located in the heart of bustling Crown Street and is open 7 days a week.

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. Reasonable membership fees apply if you live outside the local area.

Opening hours

  • Monday: 10am to 6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 8pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 6pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 9pm
  • Friday: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 4pm


Surry Hills Library specialises in fashion and design titles, as well as having a significant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender collection. Other features include:

  • a constantly changing collection of books, CDs and DVDs
  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities
  • weekly rhyme and storytime
  • dedicated local history collection.

Readers' group

The Surry Hills Library readers' group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 7pm. Phone the library on 02 8374 6230 or email for more details.

Loans, renewals and returns

Members can borrow up to 30 items for 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 Crown Street near the main entrance.


Surry Hills Library and Community Centre
405 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
02 8374 6230

  • What’s on
  • Architecture on Show: Green Square Library and Plaza
    Saturday 30 April 2016
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    Please note: This event is now full. However you can join the wait list. The booking link for more information.

    The second instalment of Architecture on Show for 2016 will examine the exciting new Green Square Library and Plaza. Chris McBride, Senior Design Manager (Architecture) for the City of Sydney and Matthias Hollenstein of Stewart Hollenstein Architecture will discuss the project’s evolution from design competition through to exciting new public realm.

    Located amongst the industrial heart of Sydney’s south, Green Square is transforming into a culturally rich and connected urban centre for residents and visitors alike. Only 3.5km from the city centre and 4km from the airport, Green Square will be a new cultural and leisure destination.

    Currently under construction, the Green Square Library and Plaza designed by Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and urban designers will redefine the traditional idea of the library through a series of innovative buildings and interconnected outdoor urban spaces. The project will form the centrepiece of the new Green Square Town Centre. Its striking design features a 7-storey glass tower with a roof top garden which emerges above the plaza, community and reading rooms, and a technology suite, alongside an acoustically designed music room featuring a baby grand piano for practice and small recitals.

    Join us for an engaging discussion about the Green Square Library and Plaza design and the urban planning strategies that are shaping the city of Sydney today.

    Bookings recommended.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 30 April 2016 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Make and Create @ Surry Hills
    Monday 2 May 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 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Please note: no sessions on NSW public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 March to Monday 30 May 2016

    Except public holidays

  • Kids Makerspace: Code Club
    Tuesday 3 May 2016
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    A free club for school children aged 8+ who want to learn how to make computer games, animations and websites.

    Code Club explores how technology works, strengthens problem-solving skills, logical thinking and supports key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology.

    Each session build on skills learned in the previous session, so it is best to book for the entire series.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 3 May to Tuesday 31 May 2016

  • Kids Makerspace: 3Doodler
    Wednesday 4 May 2016
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    Try out the 3Doodler, a pen that allows you to create 3D objects out of plastic. The 3Doodler works similarly to a glue-gun in that it has a hot metal.

    For 8–12 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 5 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.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 4 February to Thursday 15 December 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April, Thursday 21 April, Thursday 7 July, Thursday 14 July, Thursday 29 September and Thursday 6 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 5 May 2016
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines 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.


    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 4 February to Thursday 15 December 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April, Thursday 21 April, Thursday 7 July, Thursday 14 July, Thursday 29 September and Thursday 6 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • How easy was that?
    Tuesday 10 May 2016
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    Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy as she demonstrates how easy it is to whip up quick and tasty treats for the family.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 10 May 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 14 June 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 12 July 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 11 October 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 8 November 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: It’s True!
    Thursday 19 May 2016
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    The 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.

    In this exclusive illustrated talk, Sydney Film Festival Programs Manager Jenny Neighbour will reveal some of the highlights of the documentary selections for 2016, giving insights into why she has selected them and what we can expect.

    Jenny Neighbour has been programming documentaries for SFF for more than 25 years. She travels the country and the world searching out the best non-fiction film for Sydney audiences to enjoy.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 19 May 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Architecture on Show: the architect and builder relationship
    Saturday 28 May 2016
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    This presentation will explore the relationship between architect and builder, focusing on the unique circumstances that occur when the builder on a project is also a practising architect. Whether it is a small extension to a home or a public library used by thousands of people, the dynamic between an architect and architect-builder can play a critical role in the project’s success.

    Individually both architect and builder bring their own sensibilities, training and perspectives to the process. What changes when the line between architect and builder is blurred and the role of architect-builder brings a unique set of expertise to the working process? How does this dynamic relationship challenge traditional working models in the construction industry and how does this benefit the successful completion of client outcomes?

    Join architect-builder Angel Roumeliotis and architect Will Fung as they discuss their working relationship based on a long standing friendship and how they have successfully worked together to complete the Darlinghurst Rooftop Building.

    Angel Roumeliotis is the founder of Artechne, a building workshop devoted to architecture and its detailing. He commenced his career in the building industry before studying architecture and completing his degree with the University Medal.

    Will Fung established CO-AP in 2005 and built a practice that thrives on challenging projects. It is an award-winning architectural practice which takes a collaborative approach to realising fresh outcomes for each project, with an emphasis on research and development and an inherent regard for sustainability.

    This series is a partnership between the City of Sydney Libraries and the Australian Institute of Architects.

    Bookings recommended.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 28 May 2016 from 2pm to 3pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 March 2016