Waterloo Library

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


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. 


Waterloo Library
Waterloo Town Hall
770 Elizabeth Street
Waterloo NSW 2017

02 9288 5688

  • What’s on
  • Meditation station: Waterloo Library
    Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • Event details

    During Mental Health Month this October, each City of Sydney library branch will host a guided meditation station. Our meditation stations will have an iPad loaded with self-directed, anti-anxiety meditations from our eaudiobook collection. Sit down and make yourself comfortable for a 5-minute meditation to slow down your busy day.

    Guided meditations are widely recognised as effective strategies for managing anxiety and nurturing positive mental health.

    This free meditation activity is suitable for all ages. There’s an iPad available at each branch and headphones are provided.

    Bookings aren’t required – drop in at any time during library opening hours and see branch staff if you have any questions. Meditations can also be borrowed by library members from our eaudiobook collection, so you can meditate using your own device, anywhere and anytime.

    Waterloo Library
    Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 6pm
    Fridays, 10am to 5pm
    Saturdays, 11am to 4pm

    Tuesday 3 October to Tuesday 31 October 2017

  • Storytime @ Waterloo
    Friday 20 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.

    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 20 October 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

  • Build an Experimental Musical Instrument: Biosynth Workshop
    Saturday 28 October 2017
  • Book now

    Build your own biosynth experimental musical instrument in this workshop with electronic artist, Pia Van Gelder. You’ll learn how to combine a basic synthesiser circuit with natural and found objects to create your own sounds and music.

    Get hands-on to learn about the basic circuit and experiment with ways of modifying and personalising the circuit. You don’t need any prior knowledge or experience in electronics to make the most of this creative workshop.

    Push your musical boundaries and get innovative by adding different found-objects and plant-life as control inputs. Using your imagination, you can essentially learn how to play your environment. Then take home your musical masterpiece so you can keep experimenting and creating at home.

    Pia Van Gelder
    Electronic artist, curator and teacher, Pia, develops performances and installations by working with media machines like the audio-video modular synthesizer, and common electronic devices. Challenging assumed design, she’s interested in presenting opportunities to experience audio visual mysticism.

    Pia has curated various festivals, art events and exhibitions and is a lecturer at the University of New South Wales Art & Design. She’s also the Overlord of Dorkbot Sydney, a regular meeting for people doing strange things with electricity.

    This small group workshop is suitable for anyone 16+ and bookings are essential. Tickets are $35 each and include all materials and equipment.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly with a lift and an accessible toilet.

    Waterloo Library
    Saturday 28 October 2017 from 11am to 4pm
  • Makerspace day
    Saturday 2 December 2017
  • Book now

    Come and road-test robotic gadgets from our makerspace collection. Get hands-on with some of our favourite maker and creator activities. Pre-schoolers will also love a special storytime performance from Matriark Theatre.


    12.30pm – 1.30pm: Edison robots and Lego (drop-in activity)
    All day: chain reaction machine (drop-in activity)

    12pm – 12.30pm: Cubettos story time
    12.30pm – 1pm: Matriark Theatre performance of There is a Tribe of Kids
    1.30pm – 2.30pm: Sphero robotic balls (drop-in activity)
    End: 3pm

    Matriark Theatre – Waterloo Library Artists in Residence
    Matriark Theatre presents Flights of Fancy. The original interpretation of the children’s story, There Is a Tribe of Kids, is adapted from the book by Lane Smith, published by Roaring Brook Press.

    For ages 3+
    Cubetto is a playful wooden robot helping kids discover programming through storytelling and collaboration. Using a hands-on, block-based programming language, it’s the first coding toy to work without a screen.

    For ages 6+
    Create your own robot with our Edison robots. Compatible with Lego products, attach the bricks to the top and bottom, and the pegs to the sides of the robot.

    Sphero is the world’s first app-enabled robotic ball. Drive the spheros through different obstacles courses or challenge a buddy to a race around a track.

    All ages
    Use different objects and circuits to create your own chain reaction machine. Inspired by the Rube Goldberg machine, engineer a gadget, just like the American inventor. Then, set off the contraption built by the next team and become part of a wider project.

    This free event is suitable for families and anyone keen to try out our new makerspace collection. Bookings are essential – it’s first in best dressed. Parents or guardians will need to accompany children.

    Waterloo Library is wheelchair friendly.

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

Last updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2017