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The City of Sydney is proud of its strong library network. City libraries have been a part of the lives of residents, workers and visitors for more than 100 years. Lending books is only part of the service the network delivers.
Almost 1.5 million books, CDs and DVDs were borrowed in 2009/10. This was an increase of 21.5% since 2004/5. An average of 112,000 items a month are borrowed from the City's 9 libraries.
Membership is free for City residents.
The City financially supports Paddington Library and it operates library link services at Town Hall and Pyrmont.
Almost half of the NSW population are registered library members, with many more people visiting and using public libraries.
The City plans to build a new library in the Redfern/Chippendale area and provide a new library link at Erskineville.
The network's newest library opened in Green Square in 2010.
Surry Hills Library
Surry Hills Library opened in June 2009 and has trebled its membership over the past few years.
Some other impressive facts are:
- around 300 new members sign up each month
- 800 people visit each day
- 17,886 members have borrowed 335,000 books.
The award-winning library has also introduced a late-night library program, which has attracted an enthusiastic response from readers and audiences.
Late Night Library includes a 10.30pm closing time on Thursday evenings and constantly changing adult-themed programs. Book online or call 02 8374 6230.
Last updated: Monday, 13 May 2013