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 5-8 years
    Monday 3 April 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 5-8 year olds (parents must accompany children)

    Scribbling robot: 8 May – Book now
    Use a DC motor and recycled parts to make a jittery drawing robot.

    Wind generator: 22 May – Book now
    Build a simple wind generator that can generate enough electricity to light an LED.

    Homopolar motor: 5 June – Book now
    Using batteries, magnets and wires make your own spinning contraption.

    Vibro-bot: 19 June – Book now
    Use a brush and a small motor to make a simple jittering robot.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour from May to August.

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

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

    Monday 8 May to Monday 19 June 2017

  • Maker and creator workshops: 8-12 years
    Monday 1 May 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 8-12 year olds.

    Scribbling robot: 1st May – Book now
    Use a DC motor and recycled parts to make a jittery drawing robot.

    Wind generator: 15th May – Book now
    Build a simple wind generator that can generate enough electricity to light an LED.

    Homopolar motor: 29th May – Book now
    Using batteries, magnets and wires make your own spinning contraption.

    Vibro-bot: 12th June – Book now
    Use a brush and a small motor to make a simple jittering robot.

    Chain reaction: 26th June – Book now
    Use different objects, circuits and bits and pieces like dominoes, marbles to make your own over-engineered contraption.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour from May to August.

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

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

    Monday 1 May to Monday 26 June 2017

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 4 May 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 4 May 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

  • Bluffer's Guide to Cinema: Freak Me Out
    Thursday 25 May 2017
  • Book now

    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.

    In this free talk Richard Kuipers, programmer of the Freak Me Out section of Sydney Film Festival, provides a sneak peek at some of the freakiest films chosen for the year.

    Freak Me Out is where you’ll find scary, daring, provocative and downright weird movies, and is one of the most popular collections each year. Richard will show snippets of this year’s films and talk about the process of selecting them for the festival.

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

    Richard Kuipers is a film critic for international trade publication Variety. A specialist in weird cinema, Richard has also produced documentaries including The Cambodian Space Project – Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll.

    Bluffer’s Guide to Cinema sessions:

    Screenabilities – Wednesday 17 May
    Freak Me Out – Thursday 25 May
    It’s True – Wednesday 31 May

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 25 May 2017 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Architecture on Show: sexy and sustainable
    Saturday 27 May 2017
  • Book now

    In partnership with the Australian Institute of Architects, join local practitioners, Andrew Nimmo and Sam Crawford, in a talk and Q&A. As part of our Architecture on Show series, our experts ask – can sustainability be sexy?

    How our built environment functions and effects our community is crucial to how we grow as a city as it shapes our understanding of form and beauty. As agents of architectural change, our practitioners question the disparity between aesthetics and environmental custodianship.

    Gain insight into the changing relationship between beauty and sustainable values. Then, unpack the reasons why the two are often separate, rather than common architectural goals.

    Andrew Nimmo – Partner at LahzNimmo Architects
    Focusing on public and urban design projects, Andrew has a passion for education and library architecture. As a highly specialised voice in architectural criticism and journalism, he contributes to journals and this year, was appointed NSW Chapter President of the AIA.

    Sam Crawford – Principal and Design Director at Sam Crawford Architects
    With a national and internationally revered body of work, Sam is a regular contributor at architectural forums and events. University design critic, member of the Bayside Council Design Review Panel and AIA NSW Chapter Council, Sam has received multiple awards for both residential and public architectural projects.

    This is a free series. Bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 27 May 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 6 June 2017
  • Book now

    This free 6-part series is designed to help older people improve their computer and digital literacy.

    Get technology on your side by keeping connected, accessing vital services and doing business. Join us for the whole series or pick and choose the sessions that best suit your needs.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS, get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Introduction to computers – 6 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 13 June 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 20 June 2017
    Introduction to email – 27 June 2017
    Introduction to online shopping and banking – 4 July 2017
    Introduction to social media – 11 July 2017

    Sessions are free, run for 2 hours and cater for 8 people. Bookings are essential as there are loads of keen learners.

    To see a full description of sessions click through to the booking link.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 6 June to Tuesday 11 July 2017

  • Design on Show: Immersive media
    Saturday 24 June 2017
  • Book now

    In partnership with The Surry Hills Creative Precinct, join creative duo Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea of Esem Projects in a talk and Q&A.

    As part of the library’s Design on Show series, our experts examine the design philosophy governing their practise of connecting story, people and place in a device-saturated world. Sarah and Michael also discuss the joys and roadblocks of working with site-specific media.

    Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea: Esem Projects
    As the duo behind this experiential media and design practice, Sarah and Michael deliver a diverse range of projects and platforms. Stemming from a passion for rare film archives, urban history and creative lighting, these two are pushing boundaries. From permanent museum installations to temporary events and public art commissions, they transform spaces and narrative.

    Esem Projects were lead designers and curators for the redevelopment of the Rutherford’s Den interactive science museum based in Christchurch, New Zealand. They were also joint winners of the National Trust ACT Heritage Awards 2015 for their audio-visual interpretation of the Mt. Stromlo Observatory in Canberra.

    The Surry Hills Creative Precinct
    This non-profit organisation seeks to establish Surry Hills as a creative cluster and cultural hub. A rich collective bringing the community’s vitality into focus with a view to supporting projects which frame the area as a destination for outstanding design.

    This is a free series however bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 24 June 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • NAIDOC Storytime at Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017
  • Event details

    Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn) is an actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the Nyungar nation in Western Australia. Embracing the 2017 NAIDOC theme of Our Languages Matter, Kylie will draw from the library’s Koori Collection and share her love of language and song in storytime sessions.

    Kylie will also be delivering a storytime at Redfern Community Centre’s NAIDOC flag raising on Monday 3 July.

    This 45-minute free event is suitable for a pre-school audience (3 to 5 year-olds).

    Bookings aren’t necessary but arrive early as space is limited.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017 from 11am to 11.45am
  • Coming Out As Deaf
    Thursday 29 June 2017
  • Book now

    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by Deaf members of the LGBTIQA+ community. Sharing stories about how their Deafness intersects with their sexuality and gender identity in unexpected (and often hilarious) ways, the evening will be presented in Auslan with interpreters for hearing audience members.

    What happens if a Deaf person falls in love with a hearing person who cannot sign? How do the quirks of Auslan – no gendered pronouns, no agreed sign for queer or intersex, signs for gender and parents and that are compound signs made from male and female- impact on how Deaf people define their gender identities and their sexual orientation? How does being Deaf change the experience of drag? Of being HIV+? Of using Grindr? Of navigating polyamorous relationships? Which is harder: coming out of the closet or coming out as being Deaf in a hearing-centric LGBTIQA+ world?

    Late Night Library: Coming Out As Deaf is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

    In its seventh year, City of Sydney’s Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

    In 2015 and 2016 Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival and has played to packed houses at festivals round the country. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, we’re bringing Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

    Be sure to book for this event – it will most definitely book out!

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Late Night Library: Nasty
    Thursday 20 July 2017
  • Book now

    For our second Late Night Library series in 2017, we’re teaming with Sydney-based curator-producers Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell to present five unique and immersive performance experiences at Kings Cross Library.

    Nasty is a light-hearted lo-fi romp through the history of wicked women, by the original nasty grrl herself. Join Medusa, everyone’s favourite mythological snake-headed, man-destroying, terror-inducing she-beast for a dark and delightful evening of songs, laughs and good times!

    This is a brand new absurdist, feminist, historical cabaret comedy by Sydney-based artist Sabrina D’Angelo, incorporating body poetry, puppetry, music and song. Sabrina has a Master of Puppetry from the Victorian College of the Arts, and has created work for presentation at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Melbourne Fringe. This year she is also a participant in Belvoir’s inaugural Artist Workshop program.

    This series of Late Night Library is produced by City of Sydney, and presented in collaboration with Roxzan Bowes and Brendan O’Connell.

    Late Night Library usually books out, avoid disappointment and book your ticket.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 20 July 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Design on Show: Design thinking for change
    Saturday 29 July 2017
  • Book now

    In partnership with UNSW Art and Design, join Professor of Design, Cameron Tonkinwise, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing how design thinking influences social evolution, he advocates for a seismic shift in structural change.

    As part of our Design on Show series, this big thinker reframes problem-solving and reimagines value propositions. We look into how innovation can help us solve persisting societal issues in order to thrive.

    Cameron outlines the ways in which the next generation of design thinking strategies can pave the way for lasting structural change. Through social initiatives and start-ups, we look at how organisations and communities can utilise systems thinking, service design and transition management to take a big step forward.

    Cameron Tonkinwise
    Currently Professor of Design at University of NSW Art and Design, he held previous positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Parsons School for Design and the Tishman Environment and Design Centre. Cameron explores how separating use and ownership can lead to advanced social sustainability. Concentrating on critical practice-based design research and transition design, he advocates for a more sustainable future through structural change.

    UNSW Art and Design
    This centre for arts-led transdisciplinary research in science and technology seeks to challenge existing ideas. Collaborating across science, engineering, the humanities and social sciences, this hub promotes development and discussion in an inclusive environment. With an Interactive Media Lab, students and staff can experiment with creative coding methods and interactive technologies.

    This is a free series however bookings are essential.
    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

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

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017