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
  • Rhymetime with the Fireflies
    Friday 20 July 2018
  • Event details

    Rhymetime presenters from Myanmar will teach stories, traditional songs and finger rhymes in our new fortnightly rhymetime sessions. The sessions are designed for babies and toddlers up to 2 years and their families or carers. Learn words and phrases in Kareni, explore your curiosity and connect with diverse cultures.

    These presenters have recently completed The Fireflies Program, a collaboration between City of Sydney Library, Red Room Poetry and Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families. This project supports employment pathways for people with refugee backgrounds. It supports them to present early literacy programs in organisations like public libraries and early childhood educational institutions.

    The Fireflies celebrate the idea that uniqueness comes from what we carry on the inside. Made of newly arrived people, they’ve each worked with a professional storyteller to develop their content and presentation.

    Join us every second Friday morning during school term only. This is a free event. No bookings are necessary. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

    Surry Hills Library is wheelchair accessible.

    City of Sydney is proud to be an official refugee welcome zone.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 8 June to Friday 31 August 2018

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 24 July 2018
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    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. From searching to surfing, they’ll discover how to browse the web, use an iPad, set up an email address and reconnect with friends on social media.

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

    Introduction to computers – 3 July
    Introduction to internet – Beginners – 10 July
    Introduction to email – Beginners – 17 July
    Introduction to the Internet – Intermediate – 24 July
    Introduction to email – Intermediate – 31 July
    Introduction to online shopping – 7 August
    Introduction to online banking – 14 August
    Introduction to social media – 21 August
    Introduction to iPads – 28 August

    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 3 July to Tuesday 28 August 2018

  • Maker nights: Computer aided design and 3D printing
    Thursday 26 July 2018
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    Be a part of our maker nights: a regular meet-up series in the library. Over 3 sessions, upsize your skill set and learn cutting-edge technologies as you work with a group to design and 3D print a small object. See your customised zipper pull, keychain or mini succulent pot come to life, from concept to creation.

    Master the basics of 3D design using free computer aided design (CAD) software and the fundamentals of preparing files for 3D printing. Then sit back and watch your design emerge on our 3D printer.

    In this supportive space, you can learn at your own pace, investigate your interests and get confident using technology.

    All equipment and materials are provided. You can also bring your laptop loaded with the TinkerCAD program so you can continue tinkering with your designs at home.

    3D Printing Studios
    The team at 3D Printing Studios turns ideas and designs into physical things in as little as a few hours. The Sydney studio is equipped with the latest 3D printers, scanners and software. The studio also runs introductory workshops in computer aided design and 3D scanning and printing. Studios are also found in Melbourne, Singapore and Malaysia.

    This workshop is suitable for anyone over 16 years old and no prior experience is required. There’s a maximum of 12 people, so bookings are recommended. Participants need to book and attend all 3 sessions as new skills are taught each week.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fortnightly on Thursdays, 6pm to 7.30pm

    Thursday 12 July to Thursday 9 August 2018

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 26 July 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 26 July 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 and creator after-school workshops (5-8 years)
    Monday 6 August 2018
  • Event details

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

    Junkbots: 6 August
    Combine recycled materials and a DC motor to create a moving junkbot.

    Wind tube: 20 August
    Make a flying machine from recycled materials and watch it soar.

    Edison robot construction: 3 September
    Explore engineering challenges with our new construction kits. Make a crane, tank, drawing machine, robo claw or digger.

    Lift machine: 17 September
    Create a simple machine which uses compressed air to lift a load.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour. 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 6 August to Monday 17 September 2018

  • Code Club: MIT Scratch and Makey Makey
    Wednesday 8 August 2018
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    Bring your keen coders to our free 4-week coding series. They’ll gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch, and find out how to build games and animations.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration. In this series, our young coders will develop a project with the Makey Makey invention kit to bring their ideas to the next level.

    Makey Makey turns everyday objects into touchpads. A banana can become a keyboard or a game controller. It’s part of our makerspace kit collection available to borrow. Your coder can continue to explore and work on their project at home.

    These hands-on workshops are suitable for 9 to 12 year-olds. Prior experience with MIT Scratch is recommended.

    Places are free, however, you must book and attend all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8. Everything is provided. Parents or guardians need to stay in the library during Code Club.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 5pm

    Wednesday 8 August to Wednesday 29 August 2018

  • Micro:bits coding with Code Rangers
    Wednesday 5 September 2018
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    Learn block coding and interactive electronics by exploring the micro:bit. Each week, you’ll build skills by creating and designing animation and games. Perfect for participants who’ve already tinkered with block coding environments. These workshops will extend skills into the physical world with an introduction to making interactive electronics.

    Even though the micro:bit fits in your hands, it’s a fully programmable computer that can be used to build cool creations. From robots to musical instruments, the possibilities are endless.

    This little device has big features, like 25 red LEDs that can blink messages. 2 programmable buttons can be used to control games, pause and skip playlisted songs, detect motion and perceive direction.

    Code Rangers
    Coding is a new literacy. That’s why we put kids in charge of technology and teach them to code. As a key skill for this generation, the sooner kids learn, the easier and more intuitive it is.

    This free series is suitable for 10 to 13 year olds. Bookings are recommended as places are limited to a maximum of 8. Participants must attend all sessions.

    Prior block coding experience like MIT Scratch is beneficial to get the most out of this series.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay in the library during the workshop.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 5 September 2018 from 4pm to 5pm

    Every week until Wednesday 26 September.

Last updated: Friday, 13 April 2018