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

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
  • Art @ the Library: Cosmic Comics
    Wednesday 10 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

  • Kids Makerspace: Intro to 3D Printing
    Wednesday 2 March 2016
  • Book now

    Interested in learning more about 3D printing?

    Join us for an intro session to learn about what 3D printing is and how you can use it.

    Create and print an object.

    For 8–18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 2 March 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Make and Create @ Surry Hills
    Monday 7 March 2016
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    Come to the library to make and create! One of our inspired library staff will help you create your very own artwork. From paper hats through to felt badges, jewellery making, and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination and enthusiasm.

    For 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Please note: no sessions on NSW public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 7 March to Monday 30 May 2016

    Except public holidays

  • 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

  • Tut 101 @ Surry Hills (8-12 years)
    Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Book now

    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 8-12 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 10 March 2016 from 5.30pm to 6pm
    Tuesday 19 April 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Tut 101 @ Surry Hills (12-18 years)
    Thursday 10 March 2016
  • Book now

    Learn how to tut – the dance craze inspired by ancient Egypt – with teachers from acclaimed contemporary dance outfit Shaun Parker & Company.

    These workshops will get you started with the basic moves so you can create your own audition video for a tut battle, or get more from the live main event.

    Tutting features making intricate and rhythmic patterns with the hands, fingers and arms, and is inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

    Part of Art & About Sydney, Tut by Shaun Parker & Company is an epic new urban work that takes place live on the city streets, projected on buildings, and posted online for all to enjoy.

    Shaun Parker & Company is an exhilarating and bold new company that creates critically acclaimed productions renowned for their integration of stimulating choreographic forms, arresting musical scores and theatrical invention.

    For 12-18 year olds. Bookings essential.

    This session doesn’t work for you? Learn how to tut at different dates and library branches throughout the school holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 10 March 2016 from 7pm to 8pm
  • Architecture on Show: ideas and trends
    Saturday 19 March 2016
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    The opening Architecture on Show presentation of 2016 features David Stevenson of Lacoste + Stevenson Architects and artist Pamela Mei-Leng See in a discussion focused on Public Art and Architecture. The talk will explore the Red Lantern Information Kiosk in Chinatown in a dialogue between Architect and Artist.

    The Red Lantern brings together sensitive urban design and bespoke artwork to revitalise a prominent public space and embody the essence of the Chinese Community in Australia. In an exchange of ideas, the talk considers the dynamic between Public Art and Architecture and the way professionals from each discipline worked together to combine contemporary Australian design with traditional Chinese symbolism and paper cut artistry. Hear how the adaptation of the existing pagoda has given new life to this important public space and discuss the value that collaboration between artists and architects can bring to the delivery of successful public art projects in the City of Sydney.

    Pamela Mei-Leng See is an Australian artist who practices a contemporary form of Chinese papercutting. Her motifs are regularly translated into a broad range of industrial media. Her artwork is held in collections by the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She has completed commissions in Australia and Asia for organisations such as Swire Properties (Beijing), Chinachem (Hong Kong) and Crown (Melbourne).

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 19 March 2016 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Kids Makerspace: Intro to stop-motion animation
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
  • Book now

    This fun workshop is a hands-on introduction to stop motion animation for children.

    Participants will create their own story, design a scene and create their own characters using a variety of materials.

    Use our iPads, characters and props or bring your own.

    For 8-18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • 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
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 7 April 2016
  • Book now

    Celebrate Seniors Week at a special pre-school twilight storytime with your grandparent or special older person in your life.

    Stories will be themed around grandparent relationships followed by a craft that all the family can enjoy doing together.

    Suitable for children under 8 years old accompanying adults.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 7 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • 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
  • Kids Makerspace: Code Club
    Tuesday 3 May 2016
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    A free club for children in school years 4-6 who want to learn how to make computer games, animations and websites.

    Code Club explores technology works, strengthens problem-solving skills, logical thinking and supports key academic subjects such as science, maths and technology.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 3 May to Tuesday 31 May 2016

  • Kids Makerspace: 3Doodler
    Wednesday 4 May 2016
  • Book now

    Try out the 3Doodler, a pen that allows you to create 3D objects out of plastic. The 3Doodler works similarly to a glue-gun in that it has a hot metal.

    For 8–18 year olds.

    Bookings recommended.

    Kids Makerspace
    Try out your hands-on, developer skills and MAKE something at the library. Work on projects that will help you develop different “maker” skills. The Autumn sessions will explore 3D printing, learning computer code, stop-motion animation, making short videos, and building a rocket car!

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016