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
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 26 October 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 26 October 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

  • 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
  • Maker and creator workshops: 8-12 years Surry Hills
    Monday 30 October 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 suitable for kids 8 to 12 years old.

    Make your own record player: Monday 16 October
    With just a pin, two coins and a manila folder, kids will get to make their own record player. They’ll get to test their creation and play tunes using our old vinyl records.

    Paper circuits: Monday 30 October
    In this session we’ll be exploring paper circuits with switches that turn LED lights on and off. Kids will get to make an origami jumping frog and a cat, both with eyes that light up.

    Ozobot map challenge: Monday 13 November
    Kids will use our Ozobot robots to code their way around a historical map of Sydney. Each Ozobot represents a historic character from the city, allowing kids to step back in time and follow their path. This activity was developed as part of the Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects exhibition curated by the City Curator, City Archivist and City Historian.

    Spheros robots: Monday 27 November
    We’re bringing our crowd favourite robotic balls back for another session. Young kids will have fun learning about coding with the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball. They’ll get to navigate their Sphero robot through some Christmas themed obstacle courses and challenges.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

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

    Monday 16 October to Monday 27 November 2017

  • Maker and creator workshops: 5-8 years
    Monday 6 November 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 suitable for kids 5 to 8 years old.

    Make your own record player: Monday 23 October
    With just a pin, two coins and a manila folder, kids will get to make their own record player. They’ll get to test their creation and play tunes using our old vinyl records.

    Paper circuits: Monday 6 November
    In this session, we’ll be exploring paper circuits with switches that turn LED lights on and off. Kids will get to make a cat with eyes that light up.

    Ozobot map challenge: Monday 20 November
    Kids will use our Ozobot robots to code their way around a historical map of Sydney. Each Ozobot represents a historic character from the city, allowing kids to step back in time and follow their path. This activity was developed as part of the Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects exhibition curated by the City Curator, City Archivist and City Historian.

    Spheros robots: Monday 4 December
    We’re bringing our crowd favourite robotic balls back for another session. Young kids will have fun learning about coding with the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball. They’ll get to navigate their Sphero robot through some Christmas themed obstacle courses and challenges.

    Sessions are free and run for 1 hour. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session.

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

    Monday 23 October to Monday 4 December 2017

  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 7 November 2017
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    This free 4-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 – 7 November
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills as you create your first document and perhaps do a little web surfing.

    Introduction to internet part 1 – 14 November 2017
    Become familiar with the internet basics of getting online and surfing the web. Get well acquainted so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2 – 21 November 2017
    Growing your know-how from part 1, we’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze as well as seek out video and music add-ons. We’ll make sure you know how to keep yourself safe online and get you going with tips for the best sites to view online.

    Introduction to email – 28 November 2017
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account as well as how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    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 7 November to Tuesday 28 November 2017

  • 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