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
  • Kids Makerspace @ Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 6 July 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 1 June, 3.30–4.30pm
    Squishy circuits: Kids create their own illuminated creature using our special conductive play dough and LEDs.
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    Wednesday 6 July – SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, 11.30am–12.30pm
    Introduction to stop motion animation: This is a fun, hands-on introduction to stop motion animation.
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    Wednesday 3 August, 3.30–4.30pm
    Straw lightsabers: Kids get to make their own miniature LED lightsaber using finger lights and straws.
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    Wednesday 7 September, 3.30–4.30pm
    Introduction to 3D printing: Want to know more about 3D printing? Join us for an intro session to what 3D printing is and how you can use it. Participants get to print their own object.
    Book now!

    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’.
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    Wednesday 2 November, 3.30–4.30pm
    3Doodler: Kids will love playing with the 3Doodler, a pen that creates 3D objects out of plastic.
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    Wednesday 7 December, 3.30–4.30pm
    Soft circuits: In this workshop, kids will learn how to build simple soft circuits!
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    Surry Hills Library
    1st Wednesday of each month, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

    Wednesday 1 June to Wednesday 7 December 2016

    Note: Wednesdays 6 July and 5 October from 11.30am to 12.30pm

  • How Easy Was That? Baking Class
    Tuesday 12 July 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
  • Winter Warmers @ Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 14 July 2016
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    It may be cold outside, but staying indoors doesn’t have to mean more screen time.

    We will be hosting chill-themed craft activities like snow dome making, windy day kites, mobiles, and colourful dreamcatchers to brighten up the grey winter days and keep kids entertained these school holiday.

    These free sessions are suitable for 9-12 year olds.

    Bookings open now.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 14 July 2016 from 11am to 12pm
  • Kids’ Code Club: August
    Tuesday 2 August 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 2 August to Tuesday 30 August 2016

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 March 2016