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 childcare 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

Features

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 library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 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 library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.

The after-hours return chute is on Crown Street near the main entrance.


Contacts

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

  • What’s on
  • Maker and creator workshops: Surry Hills Library
    Monday 27 February 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. Evolve your skills in a choice of 4 workshops where your creations can come home with you.

    Workshops for 8-12 year olds.

    Squishy circuits: 13 February
    Where science meets invention, turn up your creativity and imagine your own illuminated creature to life. Get squishy with conductive play dough and light up your beast with LEDs.
    Book now

    Paper circuits: 27 February
    Turn your greeting cards into an event or light-up your pop-up sculpture or drawing. Fashion your own electrical circuits on paper to illuminate your salutations with little lights.
    Book now

    Wearable electronics: 13 March
    Be the brightest by wearing a badge like no other. Mix-it-up with an assortment of conductive material, a battery and some LED lights.
    Book now

    Cardboard automation: 27 March
    Explore and experiment with basic mechanical components such as levers and cams as you work out ways to make your sculpture move.
    Book now

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour from February to March.

    Bookings are essential as there are a lot of keen crafters out there.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 13 February to Monday 27 March 2017

  • Code Club @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 28 February 2017
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    This is for all the minds itching to learn coding basics. Bring your curiosity to our Code Club and explore the “how” behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    Join our free club in a series of workshops with 1 session each week for 5 weeks. Get the grey matter going by exercising problem-solving skills, logical thinking and draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology to compliment your clever.

    This cool club is best for budding coders aged 8-12 or in years 4 to 6 at school. Using the popular online coding environment, Scratch, each week, you’ll become more competent in new skills and concepts, building on the weeks before. This is why we ask that you’re committed to seeing it through. If you stick with us, you’ll be able to go home and keep coding out in the wild.

    Places in this free club will go like hotcakes so bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 28 February to Tuesday 28 March 2017

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 2 March 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.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 2 February to Thursday 14 December 2017

    Except Thursday 13 April, Thursday 20 April, Thursday 6 July, Thursday 13 July, Thursday 28 September and Thursday 5 October

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 2 March 2017
  • 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 2 February to Thursday 14 December 2017

    Except Thursday 13 April, Thursday 20 April, Thursday 6 July, Thursday 13 July, Thursday 28 September and Thursday 5 October

  • Maker and creator workshops: Surry Hills Library
    Monday 6 March 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. Evolve your skills in a choice of 5 workshops where your creations can come home with you.

    Workshops for 5-8 year olds (a parent or carer must accompany children)

    Squishy circuits: 6 February
    Where science meets invention, turn up your creativity and imagine your own illuminated creature to life. Get squishy with conductive play dough and light up your beast with LEDs.
    Book now

    Paper circuits: 20 February
    Turn your greeting cards into an event or light-up your pop-up sculpture or drawing. Fashion your own electrical circuits on paper to illuminate your salutations with little lights.
    Book now

    Wearable electronics: 6 March
    Be the brightest by wearing a badge like no other. Mix-it-up with an assortment of conductive material, a battery and some LED lights.
    Book now

    Cardboard automation: 20 March
    Explore and experiment with basic mechanical components such as levers and cams as you work out ways to make your sculpture move.
    Book now

    Wind tube: 3 April
    If aerodynamics make you take flight, make your own flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.
    Book now

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour from February to April.

    Bookings are essential as there are a lot of keen crafters out there.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 6 February to Monday 3 April 2017

  • Late Night Library: Vaginal Spray
    Thursday 9 March 2017
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    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    Vaginal Spray: feminist tales brings you stories of women who break away, women who stand their ground and women who stand by each other. A guy struggles to understand his girlfriend’s head-shaving grief over the death of poet Dorothy Porter. A young woman’s life is derailed by her parish priest and a Newtown cyclist knits her pubic hair into a seat cover.

    Join MC Monique Schafter for feminist fiction by Miles Franklin winner, A.S. Patric and Patrick White Literary Award winner, Carmel Bird as well as Wollongong microfictionist, Susan McCreery and emerging Sydney writer, Emma Rose Smith. Performed by talented actors Eleni Schumacher, Adam Norris and Lauren Hamilton Neill.

    Plus special guest, performance artist Alli Sebastian Wolf, creator of Glitoris.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 9 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Design on show: Decolonising design education
    Saturday 25 March 2017
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    The library is putting design on show with a series of monthly talks featuring design experts from the City of Sydney’s area. In this talk, we’re in conversation about colonial curricula and how a shortsighted description of design can limit and weaken our potential.

    University of Technology lecturers and big picture thinkers, Danièle Hromek and Alexandra Crosby, are both working on broadening the definition of design. To diversify, they set out to decolonise design education. Using Wareamah (Cockatoo Island) as a place to ponder, they dissect the connection between mapping, place, displacement and creativity via dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous designers.

    Danièle Hromek
    By blending design elements with installations and sculptural form, this spatial designer contemplates contemporary urban Aboriginality and the Indigenous experience of Country. Daniele looks at how Indigenous peoples utilise, interpret, and experience their space and how the trauma of colonisation is revisited by our current exclusive design culture. As a proud Saltwater woman, she explores re-Indigenising space through retranslating and reclaiming the Aboriginal dreaming of space and explores how we can sustain this culture in our built environments.

    Dr Alexandra Crosby
    Director of Interdisciplinary Design at UTS, Dr Crosby covers Design Thinking, Design Futures, and social innovation. In 2013, she was awarded a Doctorate for her thesis on local forms of environmental activism in Indonesia. She is a founding member of Frontyard Projects, a community futuring space in Marrickville as well as holding a directorship of Inside Indonesia.

    Bookings are essential as space is limited.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 25 March 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Off the Page: Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 6 April 2017
  • Book now

    For our first Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming up with Sydney-based storytellers Little Fictions. Over 6 nights, prepare to be entertained by a talented team of actors, artists and musicians who’ll bring local tales to life through a mix of original multimedia and live performance.

    Join composer and broadcaster, Julian Day, as he hosts a mesmerizing hour of multi-platform storytelling set in one of Sydney’s most exciting and diverse suburbs. Actors, authors, video and graphic artists and musicians come together to bring you a multimedia literary experience.

    In Diurnal Slurry Hills, we present a multi-layered live performance of award-winning Sydney poet, Anna Kerdjick Nicholson’s word-portrait of her local suburb.

    Experimental composer, Stephen Adams teams up with Sydney flâneur, Jen Craig and videomaker, Jon Steiner to perform an excerpt from Panthers and the Museum of Fire. The work is a fictionalised memoir which is as much about Sydney as it is about its author. And film-maker Tyler Mahoney and musician Brendan Bourke present Morning Meeting, a multimedia performance of Jon Steiner’s satire in which kidnapping has become a start-up company – featuring the captivating illustrations by award-winning graphic artist, Zoe Sadokierski.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Little Fictions.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 6 April 2017 from 9pm to 10pm
  • Easter school holidays Franken-bot workshops at Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 13 April 2017
  • Book now

    If you love making and inventing things out of bits n’ pieces, we’ve got the workshop that’ll put your creativity to task.

    Schools out, so, to celebrate, we’ve got hands-on making sessions where you can get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    In this workshop for 8-12 year olds come in with an old toy or use ours to refashion it as a ‘Franken-bot’ from leftover parts and pieces.

    Then, fuse your ‘Franken-bot’ with our Edison robots and challenge yourself and your creation with robotic play.

    Go head-to-head in a Hebocon-style challenge. Put your brilliant bot to the test by wrestling and wrangling Edison educational toy robots.

    This free workshop will pull the crowds, so bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 13 April 2017 from 11am to 12pm
  • Design on Show: Object Therapy
    Saturday 29 April 2017
  • Book now

    The library is putting architecture and design on show with a series of monthly talks featuring design experts from the City of Sydney’s, area. In April, come and hear Guy Keulemans and Kyoko Hashimoto, 2 of the designers involved in Object Therapy, chat about their work.

    Object Therapy is an exhibition and project that explores creative transformation and the notions of value and repair. The public has submitted 29 broken objects from furniture, ceramics and household appliances to jewellery and even a human. These busted pieces undergo ‘therapy’ where they’re reimagined by renowned Australian and International designers.

    Through modification, Object Therapy demonstrates design solutions, highlights our attachments and allows us to rethink our consumption. Developed by Hotel Hotel in partnership with UNSW and ANU, this celebration of creative possibility and repair is showing at the Australian Design Centre from 23 March – 17 May before undertaking a national tour.

    Guy Keulemans – Design repairer and research investigator, Object Therapy.
    Guy is a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher working across product design, graphics and installation. In his practice, he produces critical objects informed by history, philosophy and experimental methodology. Major themes of his work are repair, generative processes and the environmental concerns of production and consumption. Guy has exhibited in Europe and Australia including ARS Electronica, the Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, COCA Torun and the Australian Design Centre Object. He currently lectures at UNSW Art and Design.

    Kyoko Hashimoto – Design repairer, Object Therapy
    Kyoko is an internationally recognised contemporary jewellery designer and has operated studios in Tokyo, Eindhoven and Berlin where she also opened the concept store We Are All Made of Stuff. A graduate of the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Kyoko makes one-off and limited edition jewellery and objects with an emphasis on thematic investigation and expression.

    Bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 29 April 2017 from 2pm to 3pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2017