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 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


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
  • Maker and creator after-school workshops (5-8 years)
    Monday 21 May 2018
  • Event details

    Kids will get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. Build different digital and making skills. Sessions are suitable for kids 5 to 8 years old.

    Kaleidoscopes: 7 May
    Design and create a simple kaleidoscope using craft materials.

    Ozobots: 21 May
    Learn simple coding to program pocket-sized robots.

    Extending grabber: 4 June
    Make a simple extendable arm to pick up small objects.

    littleBits: 18 June
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from May to June. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

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

    Monday 7 May to Monday 18 June 2018

  • Code Club for older adults
    Wednesday 23 May 2018
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    If you’re keen to learn coding basics, come and join our Code Club. We’ll get you confident in using the free visual programming language, Scratch, developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.

    Test your talent by exercising problem-solving skills and logical thinking while you draw from the worlds of science, maths and technology.

    Learn and build on skills and ideas each week as you explore the ‘how’ behind computer games, animation and website coding.

    The sessions provide a greater understanding of coding projects and give participants the ability to share experiences with grandchildren, other family members or friends.

    These hands-on workshops which run for 1-hour each week for 3 weeks, are suitable for older adults with an interest in coding.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all 3 weeks. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are essential.

    No previous code experience is needed.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 11am to 12pm

    Wednesday 16 May to Wednesday 30 May 2018

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 24 May 2018
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading 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.

    Auslan Storytime is now offered at 2pm at Glebe Library on Saturday afternoons during school term.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 24 May 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies. The sessions combine rhymes, music, singing and puppets to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 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 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

    Except Thursday 19 April, Thursday 26 April, Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19 July, Thursday 4 October and Thursday 11 October

  • Maker nights: Electrocraft
    Thursday 31 May 2018
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    Maker nights are a new regular meet-up in the library. Over the 3 sessions, work with the group and tinker with wearable electronics and paper craft to create a light-up felt badge and postcard to take home. Discover how to work with conductive thread and the basic skills of machine-based sewing.

    You’ll get a hands-on introduction to the incredible world of electrocraft as you create simple circuits. Find out how to combine conductive thread, paint, tape and LED lights with everyday handcrafts involving paper, fibre and electricity.

    Take things at your own pace in this supportive space. Explore your interests and build confidence in using technology as you chat about your projects with other people.

    All equipment and materials will be provided.

    Bobbin and Ink
    A supervised workspace, studio and shopfront offering classes and custom sessions for those interested in sewing and screen printing.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm

    Thursday 31 May to Thursday 28 June 2018

Last updated: Friday, 13 April 2018