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
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 21 September 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 21 September 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

  • Get gaming coding workshop for beginners
    Saturday 30 September 2017
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    Kids with an interest in coding will love our hands-on 2-hour workshop for beginners. They’ll get to explore 2 different coding environments – Gamefroot and Stencyl and will go home ready to start creating their own games using this free and accessible software.

    With the help of experienced Coder Academy facilitators and library staff, participants will dabble and adjust the different game templates. Splitting up into 2 small groups, they’ll complete a 45-60 minute session with 1 coding platform and then swap to the other.

    This workshop will develop the confidence to keep exploring at home, building their own games or collaborating with others.

    Coder Academy
    Home to the famous coding bootcamp, this is the space to go to learn coding and web programming. Since 2013, this savvy school has been giving the coding curious the means to reach their tech dreams. Combining skill and know-how, they’re helping to shape even the wildest of visions.

    This free event is suitable for 10 to 12-year-olds. Parents are required to stay in the library during the workshop. With a maximum of 30 participants, bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 30 September 2017 from 1pm to 3pm
  • Meditation Station: Surry Hills Library
    Sunday 1 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney Library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by Library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Tuesdays, 10am to 8pm
    Thursdays, 10am to 9pm
    Weekends, 10am to 4pm

    Sunday 1 October to Sunday 8 October 2017

    Except public holidays

  • School Holidays at Surry Hills Library: mBot (ages 12-15)
    Thursday 5 October 2017
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    Schools out, so, to celebrate, we’ve got free hands-on making sessions for kids. They’ll have fun while they get creative with recycling and robotics. Just BYO imagination and get constructing.

    This school holidays we’ll be exploring motion and robotics.

    In this workshop for 12-15 years olds get hands-on with programming and electronics to build a robot with our mBot kits.

    Workshop are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Different school holiday workshops are on at each branch. Go to Kids and teens at the library for full details.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 5 October 2017 from 11am to 1am
  • Architecture on show: Collaborative Vision
    Saturday 28 October 2017
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    In partnership with The Australian Institute of Architects, this Architecture on Show event delves into the client-architect relationship. When homeowners embrace an architect’s vision, a unique collaboration is formed. To create effective, joyful and enduring spaces that can accommodate daily life, clients will divulge intimate truths about their home and family. On the other hand, architects will unveil the deep-seated values that govern their creativity.

    Through conversation and Q&A, we unravel the exchanges via the work of architect, Eva-Marie Prineas, and her relationship with client, Ariana Koller. Balancing communication, trust and respect, these 2 successfully navigated this complex process to create the beautiful, combined vision of House Koller.

    In creating House Koller, a 2-story timber pavilion was added to the rear of the existing traditional bungalow, serving as a nostalgic nod to the clients’ Swiss heritage. This was separated from the existing house by a glazed link, providing a smooth transition between old and new whilst taking full advantage of solar amenity. Next came landscaping works and putting in a pool.

    Ariana Koller, Client
    With her husband, Peter, Ariana engaged Eva-Marie to realise their dream home. As a yoga instructor and mum, her primary focus was to future-proof her home, particularly as her children stepped into their teenage years.

    Eva-Marie Prineas, Principal Architect and Founder, Architect Prineas
    With a background in heritage architecture, Eva-Marie treasures existing beauty, coupled with an intention to build on their enduring qualities. She engages in place-making – supporting her clients’ unique vision for living.

    The Australian Institute of Architects
    As the peak body for the architectural profession in Australia, The Institute works to improve our built environment by promoting quality and sustainable design.

    Bookings are essential for this free event as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 28 October 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Design on Show: Creative Artificial Intelligence
    Saturday 25 November 2017
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    In partnership with University of New South Wales Art & Design, join leading designers, Oliver Bown and Kazjon Grace, in a talk and Q&A. Discussing emerging techniques for automating the creation of art, music, literature, architecture and object design, they ask – is this the death of all authors?

    Known by various names from procedural content creation to creative artificial intelligence or AI, these developments are transforming the creative industries. Architects are optimising generative building designs with automated building analytics tools and companies are offering computer-generated music at reduced cost.

    Our experts consider how generative technologies might respond to the demands of augmented and virtual reality content creation. They look at how music consumers and gamers might start to create their own soundtracks as well as how the automated generation of memes may contribute to ‘fake news.’

    Oliver Bown
    Senior Lecturer at the Interactive Media Lab at the University of New South Wales, Oliver’s background spans social anthropology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, music informatics and interaction design. Working with creative technologies, he’s created interactive works including Vivid Sydney and Aphex Twin.

    Kazjon (Kaz) Grace
    Lecturer in Computational Design at the University of Sydney, Kazjon’s research explores how computers can act as partners, rather than tools, in the design process. Kaz focuses on systems that inspire curiosity and encourage broader horizons: to eat and read more diversely and overcome design fixation.

    Interactive Media Lab
    An initiative of University of New South Wales Art & Design, this is a new open-access facility. Students and staff are welcome to share skills, discuss ideas and experiment with creative coding methods and interactive technologies.

    This free series is suitable for adults with an interest in creative design. Places are limited, so bookings are essential.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 25 November 2017 from 2pm to 3pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017