Surry Hills Library

Surry Hills Library

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closure notice

All branches will be closed on Friday 21 October for a staff development day.

You can still return books at the after-hours return chute. All branches will re-open as normal on Saturday 22 October.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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
  • Seeking: your story for new Surry Hills artwork
    Thursday 29 September 2016
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    Do you live in Surry Hills and want to share your story about the area? Local artist Astra Howard is creating a new public artwork for a laneway off Crown Street, which will give a public voice to the diverse residents of Surry Hills. Commissioned by the City of Sydney, Village Voices will prompt the passerby to think about issues that affect them, from local to the global.

    The artwork is inspired by the signs with moveable letters often seen outside movie theatres, churches and sports fields. Through a series of constantly changing words, this public artwork recalls everything from intimate scrabble games to the printing press and mass communication.

    In this interactive workshop, participants will be encouraged to talk about their relationship to Surry Hills and add their text to the evolving artwork script.

    Astra Howard is a local artist and Action Researcher/Performer who works predominantly within public spaces in cities. Since 1998 Astra has designed and produced site-specific works in cities across Australia and internationally. Astra has also worked as a designer, a lecturer in higher education and as a community development worker, predominantly in crisis homeless services.

    Programmed in partnership with City Art.

    Bookings are essential and the workshop is suitable for anyone aged 16 years and over.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 22 September 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
    Thursday 29 September 2016 from 6pm to 8pm
  • Make and Create @ Surry Hills
    Monday 3 October 2016
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    Does your child show artistic promise? Our Library run workshops for all types of creative minds.

    One of our inspired library staff will help kids create their very own drawings, paper hats, felt badges, jewellery and more.

    All materials are provided, just bring your imagination.

    For 5-8 year olds.

    Bookings are recommended and there are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, 4pm to 5pm

    Monday 16 May to Monday 12 December 2016

    Except Monday 4 July, Monday 11 July, Monday 18 July and Monday 26 September

  • Kids Makerspace @ Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 5 October 2016
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    Does your child have a creative mind and shows interest in making stuff? Bring them along to one of our hands-on making sessions.

    This season will help them explore various skills from 3D printing, to computer coding, stop-motion animation, short video creation and more. They can even build their own rocket car!

    Best suited for kids aged 8 years and over.

    Bookings recommended.

    Wednesday 5 October – School holidays, 11.30am–12.30pm
    Frankentoys: Have an old toy that needs a revamp? Bring it along to our workshop and give it a new life as a ‘Frankentoy’.
    Book now!

    Wednesday 2 November, 3.30–4.30pm
    3Doodler: Kids will love playing with the 3Doodler, a pen that creates 3D objects out of plastic.
    Book now!

    Wednesday 7 December, 3.30–4.30pm
    Soft circuits: In this workshop, kids will learn how to build simple soft circuits!
    Book now!

    Surry Hills Library
    1st Wednesday of each month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Wednesday 5 October to Wednesday 7 December 2016

  • How Easy Was That? Baking Class
    Tuesday 11 October 2016
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    Want basic baking skills but feel like you’re no Martha Stewart?

    Join local librarian and amateur baker Kathy, who will demonstrate how easy it is to whip up sweet treats for your friends and family, in this monthly lunchtime session at Surry Hills Library.

    All materials and ingredients are provided and everyone gets a sample and the recipe to take home and try out for yourself.

    Bookings essential.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 10 May 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 14 June 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 12 July 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 11 October 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
    Tuesday 8 November 2016 from 12pm to 1pm
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 13 October 2016
  • 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 4 February to Thursday 15 December 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April, Thursday 21 April, Thursday 7 July, Thursday 14 July, Thursday 29 September and Thursday 6 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 13 October 2016
  • 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 4 February to Thursday 15 December 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April, Thursday 21 April, Thursday 7 July, Thursday 14 July, Thursday 29 September and Thursday 6 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Kids' Code Club @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 1 November 2016
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    Is your child displaying an interest in digital technology? They might be keen to join a free club for kids who want to learn how to code computer games, animation and websites. Code Club explores how technology works, strengthens problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and supports key academic subjects including science, maths and technology.

    Kids in school years 4 – 6 (ages 8+) will be taught to code using the free online coding learning community Scratch, which they get to keep at the completion of the course. To ensure their learning progresses, participants will be asked to attend all sessions as new skills and ideas will be introduced each week.

    This is a 5 week program with one session each week. Places are free however bookings are required for each week.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Tuesday 1 November to Tuesday 29 November 2016

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2016