Green Square Library

Easter and Anzac Day closures

All library branches will be closed on:

  • Friday 19 April
  • Saturday 20 April
  • Sunday 21 April
  • Monday 22 April
  • Thursday 25 April. 

After hours chutes are available at Glebe, Green Square, Haymarket, Newtown, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Waterloo.

The brand new Green Square Library is now open. The innovative underground library is located in the plaza in the heart of the Green Square, next to the train station. 

The striking design includes a subterranean garden, an open air amphitheatre and a 6-storey glass tower.    

The main library level includes large open spaces, study desks, public use computers, dedicated children’s area and meeting rooms for hire

In the tower you’ll find a light filled and quiet reading room space. 

A range of rooms are available for programs and to hire including a music room with a baby grand piano and computer lab.

The library shares the same location with the Green Square Customer Service Centre.


355 Botany Road
Zetland NSW 2017

02 9288 5010

Opening hours

  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am–7pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 10am–6pm
  • Saturdays: 10am–4pm
  • Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Green Square Customer Service Centre
Monday to Friday: 10am–4.30pm

There is an after-hours return chute.

Accessibility

Loans, renewals and returns

  • You can borrow as many as 30 items for as long as 3 weeks.
  • You can renew items online (with your library card number) or you can send an email to library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.
  • You can also call us or visit the branch.

Community languages

  • Chinese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Chinese magazines
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Mandarin rhymetime @ Green Square
    Monday 22 April 2019
  • Event details

    Come along to our animated sing-a-long session for babies and toddlers.

    Songs and rhymes are sung in Mandarin to support literacy development, nurture language and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants so be sure to arrive early to secure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Mondays, 10.30am to 11am

    Monday 4 February to Monday 16 December 2019

    Except Monday 15 April, Monday 29 April, Monday 8 July, Monday 15 July, Monday 30 September and Monday 14 October

  • Bilingual storytime @ Green Square
    Monday 22 April 2019
  • Book now

    Come along to our bilingual storytime. It’s a fun session of storytelling, rhymes, music, singing and craft activities for preschoolers. Stories are read aloud in both English and Mandarin to support literacy development, foster a love of reading and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited to 50 participants per session.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Parents or guardians are required to stay during the session

    Green Square Library
    Mondays, 11.30am to 12.15pm

    Monday 4 February to Monday 16 December 2019

    Except Monday 15 April, Monday 29 April, Monday 8 July, Monday 15 July, Monday 30 September and Monday 14 October

  • Try a musical instrument
    Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Event details

    Join this free drop-in session to explore the Green Square Library Music Room.

    Try out the baby grand piano or acoustic or electric guitars and find out how our digital mixing and recording equipment works.

    Instruments available to play:

    • Baby grand piano
    • Acoustic guitar
    • Classical guitar
    • Electric guitar
    • Electric bass
    • Synthesiser
    • Ukelele
    • Digital mixer and recording unit

    No bookings required. Drop in anytime over the 2 hour session.

    The Music Room is also available to hire for students, individuals, and community and commercial organisations. Green Square Library’s musical instrument collection is available for use during hire of the music room or during weekly drop-in music sessions on Wednesday evenings.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays, 4pm to 6pm

    Wednesday 6 March to Wednesday 29 May 2019

  • Drawing in the Glass Tower, Green Square Library
    Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Book now

    Please join me in the ‘Anything Room’, Level 5 Glass Tower, Green Square Library. This library and the surrounding precinct are one of Sydney’s most interesting new spaces, with sweeping views of Sydney.

    Learn basic drawing skills (line – tone – perspective – measurement and more). More advanced artists are welcome to hone their skill and maybe learn new techniques.

    Work at your own pace and level of interest.

    Classes throughout the year include:

    • exercises in line, tone, form, perspective and measuring
    • studies of influential artists and their techniques
    • still life subjects
    • elements of portrait drawing
    • how to use a variety of drawing and painting materials/surfaces
    • some colour theory
    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 1 May 2019 from 2pm to 4pm

    8 week course, Wednesdays until 19 June 2019

  • Rhymetime @ Green Square
    Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Event details

    Rhymetime is a lapsit program for babies that combines rhymes, music, singing and puppets. The sessions aim to develop early literacy skills.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Three sessions available:

    Wednesdays:
    10.30am – 11.00am
    11.30am – 12.00pm

    Fridays:
    10.30am – 11.00am

    Each session is limited to 50 participants. Please arrive early to ensure your place. Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am to 12pm

    Wednesday 30 January to Friday 20 December 2019

    Except Wednesday 17 April, Good Friday , Wednesday 24 April, Friday 26 April, Wednesday 10 July, Friday 12 July, Wednesday 17 July, Friday 19 July, Wednesday 2 October, Friday 4 October, Wednesday 9 October and Friday 11 October

    During school terms only.

  • Drawing outdoors
    Thursday 2 May 2019
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    Please join us to draw or paint en plein air with a small group of enthusiasts.

    Progress at your level of expertise and preferred medium. Each week we choose a different subject and destination with both individual and group discussion.

    Green Square and surrounding precincts are one of the most diverse and fastest growing areas in Sydney. The state of art library opened October 2018 with an underground garden and reading room and a glass tower with views across Sydney. More than 40 parks are emerging across this area, each with a unique character. Contemporary buildings, converted warehouses, terraces dating more than a century, art galleries, street cafes, children’s playgrounds and dog friendly areas are all part of the character.

    Green Square Library
    Thursday 2 May 2019 from 10am to 12.30pm

    Every week until Thursday 20 June 2019

  • Digital placemaking workshops
    Thursday 2 May 2019
  • Book now

    Cities and communities have long used placemaking to engage people and enliven spaces. But now, new technologies have the potential to fracture society.

    Introducing digital placemaking, an innovative medium to enhance spaces and experiences. From simple LED screens to large-scale interactive installations and emerging augmented and virtual reality technologies, these digital forces are shaping communities.

    In this hands-on 4 part workshop, unpack the future of digital placemaking. Learn , how it’s changing human behaviour and how you can implement the ideas on a small or large scale.

    This series includes four sessions:

    Introduction
    Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm
    Get an introduction to digital placemaking and augmented reality and how it connects the physical and digital worlds.

    Advertising versus placemaking
    Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm
    Explore how digital placemaking fosters connection, alters human behaviour and can shape the future. Through increased advertising, this medium will escalate engagement and amplify human emotion.

    In practice
    Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm–7.30pm
    Hear about Sydney’s largest retail augmented reality activation and put your new knowledge into practice. Learn about Sydney’s largest retail augmented reality activation. Explore limitless digital ideas, and investigate the broad resources of digital data available.

    Digital placemaking strategy
    Thursday 13 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
    Visualise the futuristic augmented reality of our cities. Investigate what our smart cities will look like, the future of digital placemakingand ultimately, human civilisation.

    Facilitator: Emile Rademeyer
    Creative Director at VANDAL, Emile generates award-winning creative. His work has been featured in TEDxSydney 2017, AWARD, The New York Film Festival, and CLIO.

    As industry leaders for over 35 years, VANDAL bridges the gap between art and digital media; content and culture. This creative studio crafts innovative moving image and sound for digital, art, design and experiential projects.

    This is a free event. Bookings are essential and participants are encouraged to book in and attend all four sessions.

    Green Square Library
    Fortnightly on Thursdays, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

    Thursday 2 May to Thursday 13 June 2019

  • The Shipping News: Why fan fiction matters
    Friday 3 May 2019
  • Book now

    This event is booked out. However, we have a limited number of places available for Deaf or hard of hearing guests. Email ticketing@swf.org.au for details.

    For many Young Adult (YA) writers, the world of fan fiction is where they first developed their writing craft. In this special Sydney Writers Festival event presented in partnership with the City of Sydney, join YA authors Mackenzi Lee, Alison Evans and Lili Wilkinson in conversation with Maria Lewis about fanfiction.

    After the panel join the authors in a fan fiction speed-writing workshop. If you’re game you’ll also have the chance to share what you’re written during the open-mic session.

    Mackenzi Lee (USA)
    Mackenzi is a New York Times bestselling author of historical fantasy novels. Her works include This Monstrous Thing, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. She has won both a Stonewall Honor Award and New England Book Award.

    Lili Wilkinson
    Lili is the award-winning young adult author of 12 novels, including Pink, Green Valentine and The Boundless Sublime. She established insideadog.com.au and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her latest book is After the Lights Go Out.

    Alison Evans
    Alison is an Australian YA author. Her novel Highway Bodies is set in a zombie apocalypse where queer teens have to rely upon each other to survive. Her second book Ida is about parallel universes. Find more at alisonwritesthings.com

    Maria Lewis
    Maria is a journalist, screenwriter, TV host and author of novels including The Witch Who Courted Death and Who’s Afraid?

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Green Square Library
    Friday 3 May 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
  • Storytime @ Green Square
    Friday 3 May 2019
  • 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.

    Parents or caregivers must accompany children for the duration of the session.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Green Square Library
    Fridays, 1pm to 1.45pm

    Friday 1 February to Friday 20 December 2019

    Except Good Friday , Friday 26 April, Friday 12 July, Friday 19 July, Friday 4 October and Friday 11 October

  • Code Club: MIT Scratch and Makey Makey for adults
    Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Book now

    Join our free 4 week coding series and gain confidence using the coding environment, MIT Scratch and build games and animations.

    MIT Scratch offers a fun introduction to block coding. It encourages creative thinking, systematic reasoning and collaboration. In this series, you’ll develop a project using the Makey Makey to bring your ideas to the next level.

    Makey Makey is an invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads. Make a banana keyboard or draw your own game controller. It’s part of our makerspace kit collection available for members to borrow, so you can continue exploring and working on your project at home.

    These hands-on workshops run for 1 hour each week and are suitable for anyone over 18 years with no prior experience necessary.

    Places are free, however, you must book in and attend for all sessions. The workshops have a capacity of 8, so bookings are recommended.

    Green Square Library
    Tuesdays, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

    Tuesday 7 May to Tuesday 28 May 2019

  • The art of learning: Vision and collaboration
    Wednesday 22 May 2019
  • Book now

    In this first event of the art of learning series, join educator Patrick Price to learn how social and emotional development plays a part in building learning skills. Find out how to celebrate environments that encourage learning.

    By focusing on social and emotional development skills, discover how to enhance the student-teacher relationship in a learning environment. Cultivate respect, learn what’s important for new learners, lean into long-term change and increase patience.

    Patrick Price will explore how an enterprise begins with a vision, a possibility. Unpack the benefits of collaboration and learn to adapt to the environment and culture to bring an idea into being. Patrick will share what he’s discovered in realising his vision.

    Patrick Price

    As founder of Heartland, a child-centred, democratic, violence-free school in Nepal, Patrick seeks to provide quality education to as many children as possible. Regardless of age, gender, religion or caste, he creates a lasting impact that transforms lives and communities.

    Suitable for ages 18 years and over. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

    About the art of learning

    Discover learning approaches and methods for learning new skills in this new 3-part series. Get rid of the barriers between you and new experiences. Take the plunge, try new things, and build personal resilience.

    This free series is designed to promote social openness. The series also explores how doing new things can develop social connections and a sense of achievement.

    Other events in the series

    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 22 May 2019 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • The art of learning: Observation and curiosity
    Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Book now

    Join Shona Lee to explore how to refine observational skills, and grow curiosity and a willingness to experiment using Feldenkrais movement. Feldenkrais is a guided practice which develops awareness through movement habits.

    Find out how to observe and understand the valuable role rest plays in absorbing new information. Explore strategies to help maintain a light-hearted attitude and set a workable pace.

    Feldenkrais practitioner, Shona Lee, will explore the practice of observation. By focusing on micro details in relation to the big picture, learn how to examine each element by starting small.

    Shona Lee

    Shona has a passion for exploring new things. She seeks to promote confidence in learning new skills and credits this dexterity with allowing her to take part in an around-the-world amateur race, with no previous sailing experience.

    Suitable for ages 18 years and over. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

    About the art of learning

    Discover learning approaches and methods for learning new skills in this new 3-part series. Get rid of the barriers between you and new experiences. Take the plunge, try new things, and build personal resilience.

    This free series is designed to promote social openness. The series also explores how doing new things can develop social connections and a sense of achievement.

    Other events in the series

    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 29 May 2019 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • The art of learning: Using music and meditation
    Wednesday 5 June 2019
  • Book now

    Using playful, childlike curiosity, find out how to approach and improve your learning. To aid in acquiring new skills, learn effective relaxation, ways to silence the mental chatter and strategies for layering learning, from simple to complex concepts.

    Join musical educator, Jemma Tabet, to explore chaos patterns in rhythm and everyday life, and learn how to respond to these challenges. Calm perfection anxiety, discover how to hush mental chatter to experience a sense of flow, and develop an awareness of group dynamics.

    Jemma will share how to use musically driven meditation to create a mindful environment. She’ll lead a rhythmic and musical journey to explore how states of flow, presence and optimal states for learning can allay anxiety and establish a comfortable learning pace.

    Jemma Tabet

    As a specialist music teacher for more than a decade, Jemma is the professional development manager for Musica Viva and runs national workshops for classroom music teachers. She has recently completed the 3-year TaKeTiNa rhythm teacher training.

    Suitable for ages 18 years and over. Booking is recommended as places are limited.

    About the art of learning

    Discover learning approaches and skills for learning new skills in this new 3-part series. Get rid of the barriers between you and new experiences. Take the plunge, try new things, and build personal resilience.

    This free series is designed to promote social openness. The series also explores how doing new things can develop social connections and a sense of achievement.

    Other events in the series

    Green Square Library
    Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 7.30pm to 9pm

Join the library

Membership is free for NSW residents. Complete the online application form and enjoy borrowing up to 30 items for 3 weeks.