Haymarket Library

The Haymarket Library is in the heart of Chinatown in a 3-storey heritage building built in 1875. It has a lift to help people access all the floors and is one of our most popular libraries.

The Haymarket Library has the largest Chinese language book collection of any public library in Australia. The library also holds Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese resources.

A striking, spiral-like building at Darling Square will be the new home for the library in 2019, expanding its size by 4 times, and allowing for contemporary, flexible spaces, including a 'makerspace'. The library will host the latest technology to support innovators, entrepreneurs and startups.

744 George Street
Haymarket NSW 2000

02 8019 6477

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 8.30am–6pm
  • Saturday: 10am–4pm
  • Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

The after-hours return chute is on Hay Street.

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
  • Indonesian books
  • Thai books
  • Vietnamese books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Vietnamese newspapers
  • Chinese magazines
  • Chinese DVDs and CDs
  • Indonesian DVDs and CDs
  • Thai DVDs and CDs
  • Vietnamese DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Bilingual storytime @ Haymarket
    Friday 28 September 2018
  • Event details

    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, nurture Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    Suitable for 3 to 5 year olds.

    Bookings are not required, but session numbers are limited.

    Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 14 December 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July, Friday 5 October and Friday 12 October

  • Rhymetime in Mandarin @ Haymarket
    Friday 28 September 2018
  • 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 Mandarin knowledge and provide a wonderful cultural exchange.

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

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

    Haymarket Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 9 February to Friday 14 December 2018

    Except Good Friday, Friday 20 April, Friday 27 April, Friday 13 July, Friday 20 July, Friday 5 October and Friday 12 October

  • Late Night Library: Don't Go To This Show
    Thursday 1 November 2018
  • Book now

    Have young people been given true foundations in creativity?’ Can the suppression of profanity suppress and bypass personal creative freedoms?

    Could swearing potentially play a role in re-invigorating young people’s appetite for language, literacy and oracy? Can we give them a safe space to play with taboo words, finding true creative freedom? Can we trust young people with language?

    The audience is invited to move through a salon-style artwork installation, including video, sound and experiential. Displayed promenade style with performances throughout the library. These artworks dissects the area where young people and profanity cross.

    Are our children free to be truly creative?

    This event is open to young people aged 15 and older. Participants will be exposed to strong language and taboo words.

    This is part 2 of a 3 part suite.

    Original concept: Curly Fries

    About the series
    This exciting series presented with The Leftovers deconstructs disruption with provocative performances that investigate the nature of humanity.

    From those curious about culture to emerging performers and producers looking to connect with others in the industry – come and rethink the radical.

    Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Haymarket Library
    Thursday 1 November 2018 from 8pm to 9pm

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