Ultimo Library

Ultimo Library

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A community hub

Ultimo Library is a vibrant, welcoming community library located on level 1 of the Ultimo Community Centre.

To become a member complete an online application or fill in a form and present your identification when you next visit. It is free to join if you are a NSW resident.


As well as its constantly changing collection of books, CDs and DVDs, Ultimo Library offers locals:

  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities
  • a wide collection of newspapers and magazines in English and Chinese
  • weekly rhyme and storytimes in English
  • weekly bilingual storytime in English and Mandarin

Opening hours

  • Monday and Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Loans, returns and renewals

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 renewals@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. You can also telephone or drop in to the branch.

The after-hours return chute is near the Bulwara Road entrance.


Ultimo Library
Level 1, Ultimo Community Centre
40 William Henry Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
02 9298 3110

  • What’s on
  • Computer and mobile device troubleshooting
    Wednesday 17 February 2016
  • Event details

    Bring your questions about computers, mobile phones, and tablets to our friendly volunteer.

    The troubleshooting session takes place at the Ultimo Library.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 12pm

    Wednesday 6 January to Friday 25 November 2016

  • Rhymetime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 3 March 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.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Storytime @ Ultimo
    Thursday 3 March 2016
  • Event details

    Storytime is fun storytelling and craft for preschoolers.

    It nurtures a love of reading, initiates literacy skills and social interaction in readiness for school.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Ultimo Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 3 March to Thursday 26 May 2016

    Except Thursday 14 April and Thursday 21 April

  • Inspiring Science: Infectious Maths and Mean Plants
    Wednesday 9 March 2016
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    Presenter: Dr Deborah Cromer, post-doctoral researcher in the Infection Analytics program at the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales.

    Have you ever wondered how your body fights disease, why one person might get sick but another person doesn’t or how a disease is transmitted in the population? Would you be surprised to discover that mathematics has something to do with this? Dr Cromer uses mathematical models to answer fundamental questions about infectious diseases and to provide advice on how to vaccinate against many of them. From HIV and malaria to mumps and flu, maths is a fundamental weapon in the fight against infectious diseases.

    Presenter: Floret Meredith, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales.

    Plants must protect themselves against a world full of plant-eating animals and tough environmental conditions. The harder life is, the meaner plants get. Ecologists have long predicted that in the absence of herbivore enemies, island plants would ditch their defences. It was thought that as a result, island plants would be helpless against herbivores introduced to islands. But Meredith compared the defences of island-based and mainland plants and found that this idea – which is more than 150 years old – had no basis in fact. Floret further explains how plants protect themselves, how these traits can change, and how her research contradicts a fundamental idea in ecological theory.

    The Inspiring Science series, presented by Inspiring Australia (NSW), brings the latest developments in science, presented by award-winning researchers.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 9 March 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Grandparents Storytime @ Ultimo
    Wednesday 6 April 2016
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    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.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 6 April 2016 from 4pm to 5pm
  • Inspiring Science: Bizarre Sex and Swarm Intelligence
    Wednesday 13 April 2016
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    Inspiring Australia and Ultimo Library bring you the latest developments in science, presented by award-winning researchers.

    Learn why Dr Camilla Whittington thinks male seahorses have bizarre sex lives and how Dr Tanya Latty’s research into the ‘collective intelligence’ of bees, ants and even slime moulds can help with technology design.

    While we know a lot about human pregnancy, we know less about the way pregnancy works in other animals. Evolutionary biologist Dr Camilla Whittington presents her research into wildlife pregnancy through her study of seahorses. Discover how male seahorses have one of the most bizarre pregnancies on the planet and what this tells us about our own reproduction.

    Have you ever wondered how ants, with brains smaller than a grain of sand, are able to find and ruin your picnic so quickly? Or how bees coordinate societies consisting of thousands of individuals? Join Dr Tanya Latty to discover the remarkable ‘collective intelligence’ of bees, ants and even slime moulds. Despite having tiny brains (or no brains at all), groups of these organisms display intelligence far beyond the capacity of individuals. How do the secrets of collective intelligence help us design smarter and more efficient technologies?

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 13 April 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Pyrmont history in the digital age
    Wednesday 4 May 2016
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    Join City of Sydney Historian Catherine Freyne as she introduces you to Port, the Pyrmont History Walk, a new part of the Sydney Culture Walks app, and discusses the process of producing an historical walk as an app.

    Pyrmont is one of Sydney’s most exciting and unique historical landscapes. Once home to Tinker’s Well, the Griffin Destructor, Saunders’ quarries, the Colonial Sugar Refinery and the NSW Water Police, the Pyrmont peninsula has been hunted, cultivated, blasted, plundered, built over, written off, reclaimed and revitalised. Traces of its rich industrial, Indigenous, social and natural history are everywhere to be found. The City of Sydney has mapped some of these sites and drawn upon lively oral histories to bring them to life to visitors via the Sydney Culture Walks mobile app.

    Come along to discover and experience how Pyrmont’s history is intersecting with the digital age.

    This event is part of the National Trust Heritage Festival program.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 6pm to 6.45pm
  • Inspiring Science: New Ways of Seeing
    Wednesday 11 May 2016
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    Dr Jacek Kolanowski

    One of the most common diagnostic imaging techniques is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI contrast agent is injected into the body in about one-third of all scans to improve the quality of the resulting image. While these scans provide good information about the structures of the body and allow doctors and researchers to identify abnormalities, there are many aspects of bodily functions that cannot be seen with current contrast agents. Dr Kolanowski explains how exciting new contrast agents are improving the diagnosis and study of disease by lighting up only certain tissues of the body.

    Dr Jacek Kolanowski is a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. Before moving to Sydney, he completed his PhD at ENS Lyon in France. Dr Kolanowski’s research interests lie in making intelligent chemicals that allow researchers to image living organisms at the molecular level.

    Dr Elizabeth New

    Fluorescent compounds are all around us, in everyday objects such as highlighters and laundry powder. Fluorescence is also important in nature – in fireflies, jellyfish and even spinach. Aside from their pretty colours, fluorescent compounds are extremely useful in countless applications from forensic science to environmental monitoring and medicine. They are particularly useful in observing chemicals and processes that are normally invisible. Discover how fluorescent compounds shine light on the world around us with Dr New from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

    Dr Elizabeth New is a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. She completed her PhD at Durham University in the UK, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been leading a research group at the University of Sydney for the past four years that is focusing on using chemistry to study biological systems.

    Ultimo Library
    Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 6pm to 7pm

Last updated: Monday, 1 February 2016