Newtown Library

Newtown Library is located just off cosmopolitan King Street in an historic building known as the Salvation Army Citadel, built in 1883. The library is hugely popular with locals, students and families. It has a mezzanine level for events and regular children’s programs, as well as a dedicated kids’ corner for young readers on the ground floor.

Mapping Community, a line-art illustration capturing the rich community spirit of Newtown, spans the length of the glass on the mezzanine level overlooking the ground floor.


8–10 Brown Street
Newtown NSW 2042

02 8512 4250

Opening hours

  • Monday and Wednesday: 10am–7pm
  • Tuesday: 10am–6pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 10am–5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11am–4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

The after-hours return chute is on Brown St.


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
  • You can also call us or visit the branch.
  • What’s on
  • Storytime @ Newtown
    Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Event details

    Storytime is a fun session of storytelling and craft for pre-schoolers. The sessions foster an early love of reading 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.

    Newtown Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 31 January to Thursday 19 December 2019

    Except Thursday 18 April, Thursday 2 May, Thursday 11 July, Thursday 18 July, Thursday 3 October and Thursday 10 October

  • Rhymetime @ Newtown
    Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Event details

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

    For 0 to 2 year olds.

    Session numbers are limited. Please arrive early to ensure your place.

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

    Unfortunately, Newtown Library’s Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. We apologise for this inconvenience.

    Newtown Library
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 31 January to Thursday 19 December 2019

    Except Thursday 18 April, Thursday 2 May, Thursday 11 July, Thursday 18 July, Thursday 26 September and Thursday 3 October

  • Australian Poetry Slam: Newtown heat for high school students
    Thursday 22 August 2019
  • Book now

    Word Travel’s spoken word heat is just for high school students. This fun event will be hosted by talented spoken word poet, Lorin Elizabeth.

    Sign up at 5pm to perform in the Australian Poetry Slam heat starting at 5.30pm.

    Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to share their original piece and impress the judges chosen from the live audience. 2 writers from the slam heat will go on to perform at the Australian Poetry Slam Sydney Final.

    To participate or watch the slam, make sure to book a seat in the audience.

    About Lorin Elizabeth
    Lorin is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Thirroul. She co-founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published in Going Down Swinging’s audio anthology. Elizabeth has toured the USA poetry slam circuit and was a featured performer at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque. She has also featured at Canberra’s Noted Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival and Yours & Owls Music Festival. Lorin has been a workshop facilitator and panelist for The Stella Prize’s Girls Write Up program and hosted The Rumble Youth Slam with Word Travels at Sydney Writers’ Festival. She has self-published an EP called Poems.

    Presented with Word Travels.

    Newtown Library
    Thursday 22 August 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

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