Waterloo Library

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Serving Waterloo and Alexandria

The Waterloo Library is located in the Waterloo Town Hall, where it first opened in 1972. It is home to the network's Koori Collection.

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.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday: 10am to 6pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Features

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

  • a dedicated Koori collection
  • free wireless internet
  • public access computer
  • scanning, printing and photocopying facilities
  • a wide collection of newspapers and magazines
  • weekly rhyme and storytimes
  • dedicated local history collection. 

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

The after-hours return chute is on Kellick Street. 


Contacts

Waterloo Library
Waterloo Town Hall
770 Elizabeth Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

02 9288 5688

  • What’s on
  • Storytime @ Waterloo
    Friday 26 May 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.

    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 3 February to Friday 15 December 2017

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

  • Rhymetime @ Waterloo
    Friday 26 May 2017
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lap sit 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.

    Waterloo Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 3 February to Friday 15 December 2017

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

  • Set up your home worm farm
    Saturday 10 June 2017
  • Book now

    This series of talks explore how to live greener and transform your small spaces into productive, natural areas. This second of 4 talks focuses on setting up and running your own worm farm at home.

    Worm farms make an amazing addition to apartment living. Instead of making landfill, turn your kitchen and organic scraps into liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner. This garden-improving wonder juice makes an incredibly fertile environment for plants to thrive and increases the water-holding capacity of your soil so you water less.

    Take home a fact sheet and leave with lots of know-how on managing your home worm farm.

    Connect with like-minded urban gardeners through our series of talks and get practical information that you can apply to your home spaces.

    Suitable for older teenage and adult beginner urban gardeners, this free event is limited, so bookings are essential.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Green Villages sessions:

    The buzz about native bees – Saturday 13 May
    Set up your home worm farm – Saturday 10 June
    Growing vertical vegies – Saturday 8 July
    Edible small space gardening – Saturday 12 August

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 10 June 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • NAIDOC Storytime at Waterloo Library
    Friday 30 June 2017
  • Event details

    Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn) is an actress, voice-over artist, TV presenter, writer and theatre director from the Nyungar nation in Western Australia. Embracing the 2017 NAIDOC theme of Our Languages Matter, Kylie will draw from the library’s Koori Collection and share her love of language and song in storytime sessions.

    Kylie will also be delivering a storytime at Redfern Community Centre’s NAIDOC flag raising on Monday 3 July.

    This 45-minute free event is suitable for a pre-school audience (3 to 5 year-olds).

    Bookings aren’t necessary but arrive early as space is limited.

    Waterloo Library
    Friday 30 June 2017 from 11am to 11.45am
  • The art of slapstick with Matriark Theatre
    Tuesday 4 July 2017
  • Book now

    As part of the City of Sydney Library school holiday program, learn the skills of slapstick and physical comedy from practicing actors. 2 facilitators from Matriark Theatre will lead this hands-on drama skills workshop.

    Over the 2 hours, learn presentation and storytelling skills so you can perfect your ‘funny.’ Matriark’s hilarious teaching artists will tickle your funny bone with this energetic, confidence-building workshop. Inclusive of both the boisterous and the shy, the artists will work with each child’s sensibilities. This unforgettable theatre experience will end with our student slapstickers putting on a showcase for parents and carers in the last 10 minutes of the workshop.

    Matriark Theatre
    Sydney-based theatre-makers, Matriark, create new work for young people and families. Residing above Waterloo Library in one of City of Sydney’s new Creative Live/Work spaces, they hail from a variety of creative backgrounds. Matriark use puppetry and physical comedy to build worlds and imagine surreal characters and stories for the stage. Their work has graced numerous Sydney stages, including the Monkey Baa Theatre, City of Sydney, Casula Powerhouse and Riverside Theatres.

    Suitable for kids aged 10-13, this free event caters for a maximum of 20, so bookings are essential.

    After parents have signed their children into this event children will be supervised by City of Sydney staff for the duration of the activities.

    All children should bring their own waterbottle with them.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Waterloo Library
    Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Growing vertical vegies
    Saturday 8 July 2017
  • Book now

    This series of talks explore how to live greener and transform your small spaces into productive, natural areas. This third of 4 talks focuses on vertical gardening tips and ideas.

    The increasing reality of living with limited space means Sydneysiders have been getting creative with vertical gardens and green walls popping up all over the city.

    Think outside the square and try trellises, green walls or shelving for home food production. We look at what you’ll need to factor in when creating your vertical gardens.

    Connect with like-minded urban gardeners through our series of talks and get practical information that you can apply to your home spaces.

    Suitable for older teenage and adult beginner urban gardeners. This free event is limited, so bookings are essential.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Green Villages sessions:

    The buzz about native bees – Saturday 13 May
    Set up your home worm farm – Saturday 10 June
    Growing vertical vegies – Saturday 8 July
    Edible small space gardening – Saturday 12 August

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 8 July 2017 from 2pm to 3pm
  • Edible small space gardening
    Saturday 12 August 2017
  • Book now

    This series of talks explore how to live greener and transform your small spaces into productive, natural areas. This last event of the series focuses on the basics of organically growing vegetables and herbs in pots and containers.

    The increasing reality of living with limited space means Sydneysiders have been getting creative in the way they’re growing veggies and plants. Think outside the square when considering home food production by maximising space and light. Learn which types of containers are best as well as how to take advantage of available light sources.

    Unearth how to best utilise your window sills, balconies, rooftops and courtyards. Take home tips on potting mixes and most suitable plants to kick start your urban food garden.

    Connect with like-minded urban gardeners through our series of talks and get practical information that you can apply to your home spaces.

    Suitable for older teenage and adult beginner urban gardeners, this free event is limited, so bookings are essential.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

    Green Villages sessions:

    The buzz about native bees – Saturday 13 May
    Set up your home worm farm – Saturday 10 June
    Growing vertical vegies – Saturday 8 July
    Edible small space gardening – Saturday 12 August

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 12 August 2017 from 2pm to 3pm

Last updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017