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
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 22 June 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 22 June 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

  • Design on Show: Immersive media
    Saturday 24 June 2017
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    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
  • Maker and creator workshops: 8-12 years
    Monday 26 June 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

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 27 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

  • Code Club @ Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 28 June 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 4 weeks. This workshop series is for coders who are familiar with MIT Scratch and would like to explore new activities. 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
    Wednesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Wednesday 7 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017

  • NAIDOC Storytime at Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 29 June 2017
  • Event details

    In the week leading up to NAIDOC Week, Surry Hills Library is celebrating Aboriginal histories and cultures with a special storytime led by Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn).

    Kylie Bracknell 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.

    This event is part of the City of Sydney’s 2017 NAIDOC Week.

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

    **This event is currently booked out.**
    Come along and join our ‘walk up’ queue 5 minutes before the event starts. Hope to see you there!

    Enjoy an evening of queer storytelling in Auslan, by LGBTIQ members of the Deaf community.

    Sharing stories about how Deafness intersects with 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 LGBTIQ 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
  • School Holidays at Surry Hills Library: Balloon Rocket
    Thursday 6 July 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 test.

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

    Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    In this workshop for 8-12 year olds create a balloon rocket out of craft materials and challenge other makers to see who goes the fastest.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 6 July 2017 from 11am to 12pm
  • 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
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 1 August 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 – 1 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 1 – 8 August 2017
    Introduction to internet part 2 – 15 August 2017
    Introduction to email – 22 August 2017
    Introduction to cyber safety – 29 August 2017
    Introduction to social media – 5 September 2017

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 1 August to Tuesday 5 September 2017

  • Python programming: 10-12 year olds
    Wednesday 2 August 2017
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    Designed for competent users of MIT Scratch – take your skills to the next level. This 5 week course with CODE4FUN will introduce you to the more complex language of Python. Leave the ‘drag and drop’ environment behind and jump into coding that can carry you into robotics, web applications and more.

    Stretch yourself beyond the teaching languages of Scratch or Logo with this versatile language that you can both begin with and grow into. Learn coding principles such as functions, syntax and coding logic. The best part is that we’ll support you in building your own project.

    Each week we’ll help you extend your skills and learn to troubleshoot. Equipment and laptops are provided and Python is also compatible with our Edison Robots, so you can learn to program them too.

    CODE4FUN
    We‘re a bunch of creative enthusiasts who believe that coding is the language of the future. We believe in teaching with creativity, innovation and teamwork, that’s why all our programming courses are tailored to a reflect ability level. All our staff are experienced IT professionals.

    This program is best suited for 10 – 12 year olds who have a familiarity with MIT Scratch programming or have attended our Code Club sessions. This affordable course costs only $50 for 5 weeks. With a maximum of only 8 participants, bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm

    Wednesday 2 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017

  • Late Night Library: (Face)Book Club
    Thursday 17 August 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. Enjoy five unique and immersive performance experiences at our inner city libraries.

    Literature has a way of bringing people together, yet in a fast-paced, social media-driven world of likes and tweets, we rarely take the time to talk about books with one another.

    You’ve heard of speed reading, you’ve heard of speed dating; but have you ever heard of speed book club? Join us for this wild night of speed book dating, in which you’ll hopefully fall head over heels for a book you’ve never read, and go home with a list of names (not numbers) of books for you to get to know.

    With a paper bag placed gently on your head (eyes and mouth cut out for seeing and speaking, of course), meet other people who share your love for the craft of writing, and make some new friends through your shared (or oppositional) taste in literature. Participants will be asked to bring a book with them to be a part of a book swap at the end of the night, so the bag on your head will double as a book bag when you head home.

    You’ll never see a book club or speed dating in the same way again!

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

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 17 August 2017 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Makerspace family fun day
    Saturday 26 August 2017
  • Book now

    As part of our maker and creator series, learn makerspace skills in a fun, family-friendly environment. Using our favourite kits and tools, our City of Sydney Library team will be running programs where you can tinker with anything from simple electronics to robotics.

    Chain reaction machine
    Use different objects, circuits and bits ‘n’ pieces to create different chain reactions. Inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine, make your own over-engineered contraption, just like the American inventor.

    Build a collective contraption made up of a sequence of events on your allocated section of a table top. The twist is that your creation has to set off the contraption built by the next team. What ensues is a seamless chain reaction where you can watch your work become part of a wider project.

    Doodle-bot
    With the help of basic electronics and components, discover how to make a doodle-bot drawing robot. Using only simple motors, create a roving robot that doodles across a page. Afterwards, take home your doodle-bot, as well as the robot-masterpieces it creates.

    Creative corner
    This is where you freestyle and explore other popular maker and creator activities with your kids. Construct your own squishy circuits, play with robots, colour in an augmented reality animation or let loose with different materials and 3Doodlers.

    Suitable for families and kids of all ages, this free event has limited capacity so bookings are essential. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 26 August 2017 from 1pm to 3.30pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017