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 child care 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
  • Art @ the Library: Cosmic Comics
    Monday 8 February 2016
  • Event details

    Comics have been a medium of adventure and imagination for readers since the early 20th century.

    The counter-culture of the 60s and 70s catapulted comics and their creators into new cosmic vistas.

    This exhibition showcases these cosmic comic worlds featuring collected comic books and original works inspired by them.

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

    Monday 2 November 2015 to Sunday 28 February 2016

  • How easy was that?
    Tuesday 8 March 2016
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    Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy as she demonstrates how easy it is to whip up quick and tasty treats for the family.

    Surry Hills Library
    Every 2nd Tuesday, 12pm to 1pm

    Tuesday 8 March to Tuesday 10 May 2016

  • Queerstories
    Thursday 7 April 2016
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    Settle in for a few of our city’s queerstories, each a reflection on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

    Storytelling has always been at the heart of the queer community. We have been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community in a world that, until recently, silenced or camouflaged our lived experiences.

    So often marginalised people are squeezed into the narratives mainstream society wants from them: the coming out, the transition, the conception. Queerstories asks: What might we hear from our community if we threw the door wide open and said to them ‘what do you want to say?’

    Join Michael Kirby, Rev. Dorothy McRae McMahon, Raewyn Connell, Beatriz Copello, Lyn Fong and more for an unexpected tale or too.

    Celebrating music, humour and storytelling, Queerstories is curated by blackcat productions in partnership with 55Upitty.

    This event will be AUSLAN interpreted.

    This event is part of NSW Seniors Week.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 7 April 2016 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Village Voices in Surry Hills
    Thursday 21 April 2016
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    Village Voices is a new text-based public artwork by Astra Howard on South Crown Street that captures and communicates diverse stories from and about Surry Hills.

    Situated near the village centre, the artwork prompts passersby to think about diverse issues that affect them, from the local to the global. This public artwork uses constantly rearranged words to recall everything from intimate Scrabble games to the printing press and early forms of mass communication.

    In these interactive workshops, participants will be encouraged to generate ideas about their relationship to place and the texts produced will be added to the evolving artwork script.

    Howard works within public spaces in cities and has designed and produced site-specific works in cities across Australia and internationally since 1998. Information about a location is gathered using an action research/performance methodology and the data and stories are then communicated visually. This process of activating place-specific knowledge generates dialogue and debate among members of the public about issues affecting their city.

    Astra Howard is an artist who works in public spaces in cities. Astra also works as a designer, a lecturer in higher education and as a community development worker, predominantly in crisis homeless services.

    Suitable for ages 16+

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 21 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 28 April 2016 from 6pm to 8pm

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016