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

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: 5-8 years
    Monday 21 August 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. You’ll get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. There are 4 workshops to build different digital and making skills.

    These workshops are suited to 5-8 year olds.

    Make your own gremlin: 7 August
    Use our 3Doodlers to create a cute gremlin to guard your precious items.

    Circuits and sensors: 21 August
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks and with sensors and motors to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sphero maze challenge: 4 September
    Use our new Sphero robotic balls to navigate mazes and complete challenges.

    Chain reaction: 18 September
    Use different objects, circuits and bits and pieces like dominoes and marbles to make your own over-engineered contraption.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from July to September.

    Bookings are essential.

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

    Monday 7 August to Monday 18 September 2017

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 22 August 2017
  • Book now

    Booked out.

    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 23 August 2017
  • Book now

    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

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 24 August 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 24 August 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

  • 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
  • Maker and creator workshops: 8 years and over
    Monday 28 August 2017
  • Event details

    Your creative brain will be in great company at our hands-on after-school making sessions. You’ll get to play and create with the latest robotic toys and digital and electronic gadgets. There are 4 workshops to build different digital and making skills.

    These workshops are best suited to children 8 years and over.

    Make your own gremlin: 31 July
    Use our 3Doodlers to create a cute gremlin to guard your precious items.

    Circuits and sensors: 14 August
    Combine our littleBits electronic building blocks and with sensors and motors to create fun electrical circuits.

    Sphero maze challenge: 28 August
    Use our new Sphero robotic balls to navigate mazes and complete challenges.

    Chain reaction: 11 September
    Use different objects, circuits and bits and pieces like dominoes and marbles to make your own over-engineered contraption.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour fortnightly from July to September.

    Bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Mondays, 9am to 6pm

    Monday 31 July to Monday 11 September 2017

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017