Surry Hills Library

The Surry Hills Library opened in 2009 and has won a swag of architectural awards for its sustainable design. This flagship City of Sydney building spans 4 floors and also houses a community centre and childcare centre. It’s located in the heart of bustling Crown Street and is open 7 days a week.

There are plenty of spaces for reading and study in the library as well as a dedicated children’s corner on the entry level.

 

405 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

02 8374 6230

Opening hours

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am–6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am–8pm
  • Thursday: 10am–9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am–4pm
  • Closed on public holidays.

The after-hours return chute is on Crown Street near the main entrance.

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

  • Russian books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Russian newspapers
  • Spanish newspapers
  • Russian DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 22 March 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.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 8 February to Friday 20 December 2019

    Thursday 31 January 2019 from 11am to 11.45am

    Except Friday 26 April, Friday 3 May, Friday 12 July, Friday 19 July, Friday 4 October and Friday 11 October

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 22 March 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.

    Surry Hills Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 8 February to Friday 20 December 2019

    Thursday 31 January 2019 from 10am to 10.30am

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

  • Talking Bodies: Bhenji Ra
    Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Book now

    The workings of the choreographer’s mind are revealed in series of dance lecture events.

    Featuring 3 of Sydney’s most celebrated dance and performance artists, Julie-Anne Long, Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn, we get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways these artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world. Combining storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.

    The 2nd in this series of dance lectures, Bhenji Ra reflects on the personal and political histories at the centre of her work across dance, choreography, installation and moving image. A sought-after artist, whose practice is as seductive as it is politicised, Bhenji shares some insights of the ways in which her work is pushing back against colonial and canonical perspectives, while collapsing borders between art, club, community, dance and politics.

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, and Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Others in the series
    Julie-Anne Long, Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
    Ivey Wawn, Thursday 11 April, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 28 March 2019 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills
    Tuesday 2 April 2019
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    This free series funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Book in for the small group sessions below:

    Introduction to computers
    This workshop covers what a computer is, it’s components and how it’s operated. You’ll learn to use a mouse and keyboard and then road test your skills to create your first document.

    Introduction to internet part 1
    Become familiar with how to access and surf the web so you can go home, sign up for an internet service and hang out on the www’s yourself.

    Introduction to internet part 2
    We’ll look at ways to make web navigation a breeze and seek out video and music add-ons. You’ll leave knowing how to keep yourself safe online and tips for the best sites.

    Introduction to email
    Keep connected to family and friends with email. We’ll walk you through setting up a free Gmail email account and how to send, read and reply to your emails.

    Online shopping and banking part 1
    From booking a holiday to buying groceries, we’ll take you through the process of buying something and how to stay safe banking and shopping online.

    Introduction to online shopping and banking part 2
    Following on from part 1, find out how you can save time paying bills online and learn how to browse, buy and sell using websites like eBay and about payment options like PayPal.

    Introduction to social media
    Get sharp with social media’s famous three: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads
    We’ll walk you through the techy world of the tablet and get you up and running on this handy device.

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 2 April to Tuesday 14 May 2019

  • Talking bodies: Ivey Wawn
    Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Book now

    The workings of the choreographer’s mind are revealed in a bespoke series of ‘dance lecture’ events. Featuring three of Sydney’s most celebrated dance and performance artists, Julie-Anne Long, Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn, we get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways these artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world. Combining storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.

    Ivey Wawn combines knowledge from science, politics and popular culture to reveal how the social choreographies we live within might be something we can also reconfigure. Ivey draws on poetics from observations of microbial and economic processes to develop choreographic blueprints for the human scale. Her current research considers how speculative practices, especially those concerning debt, manipulate the relations between past, present and future.

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented in collaboration with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, in conjunction with Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.

    Others in the series
    Julie-Anne Long, Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
    Bhenji Ra, Thursday 11 April, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 11 April 2019 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Citizen Science: CoastSnap app
    Thursday 18 April 2019
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    Find out how an app is helping scientists tackle coastal erosion across our 10,685 beaches.

    In Australia, our coastal-loving culture means the shifting sands from tides and waves can get in the way of houses, roads and other infrastructure. Properties have been put at risk of being swallowed by the sea.

    Enter CoastSnap. Using a smartphone, the community can engage in scientific and environmental research to help track our changing coastline.

    With the help of a specially-designed smartphone camera mount installed at a number of beaches, locals can take a photo and share it via social media or email. Over time, these crowd-sourced photos give scientists a valuable record of how coastlines are changing across the globe. Using specialist algorithms, the CoastSnap team can precisely measure the changing shoreline position, which is vital, considering our changing storm patterns and rising sea-levels.

    Initially located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, CoastSnap stations are now installed in 9 countries worldwide, including Brazil, Fiji, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands.

    This 1-hour event includes a Q&A and an explanation of how to interact with the app. It will also offer an outline of the latest results and what’s next. Check the latest CoastSnap results and general information.

    Dr Mitchell Harley
    As Scientia Fellow at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW, Dr Harley is a leading international researcher in coastal erosion. Together with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Dr Harley founded CoastSnap, in May 2017.

    Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
    Formed in 2014, this member-based community supports, informs and develops citizen science through sharing knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy.

    This is a free event. Bookings recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 18 April 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Maker and creator workshops for adults
    Wednesday 8 May 2019
  • Event details

    Why should kids have all the fun? Play and create with the all latest maker kits and electronic gadgets in these free sessions for anyone 18 years and over.

    Surry Hills (Adults 1-2pm)

    Rubber band car: Wednesday 8 May
    Construct a racer from paper cups and rubber bands and use kinetic energy to see whose can go the fastest.

    Wind tube: Wednesday 22 May
    Craft your own aerodynamic flying machine from recycled materials and test it out in our wind tube.

    Simple circuits: Wednesday 5 June
    Use paperclips batteries and LEDs to create your own electrical circuit to take home.

    Makedo making: Wednesday 19 June
    Use our makedo tools to construct your own cardboard creations including sculptures, wearable costumes and toys.

    Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library
    Wednesday 8 May 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
    Wednesday 19 June 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Cyber safety: Protecting your personal information
    Thursday 9 May 2019
  • Book now

    Your information is valuable. But keeping your details safe online extends beyond banking data. The key is knowing what data is valuable, and why.

    Join leading expert, Dr Joanne Orlando, to discover how to take control of your personal data. Find out why you need to treat your online information like you treat your money; protect it and don’t leave it lying around.

    Forbes magazine recently reported that a file with 1.4 billion hacked passwords was found for sale online. Focusing on everyday activities like online shopping, free downloads, advertising and dating apps, learn where data breaches occur. Dr Orlando will show you 10 effective ways to keep your details safe.

    Trace how legitimate and illegitimate sources use personal data, and identify common errors we make. Manage your online presence and better understand cyber safety and security trends.

    Learn ways to prevent identity theft and hacking, and understand how personal data is used online. Find out what companies like Facebook, Amazon and Netflix are doing with personal information.

    This 1-hour session includes time for questions and access to new resources developed by Dr Joanne Orlando.

    Dr Joanne Orlando
    As a leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles, Joanne offers fresh perspectives and solutions on our digital lives. Appearing regularly on TV and radio, she also provides expert parenting advice around all things technology. Joanne is known for introducing new terms like ‘Sharenting,’ the implications of parents sharing images of their kids online, and ‘Finsta,’ fake Instagram accounts. She’s currently working on her third parenting book and hosts online and face-to-face digital-parenting seminars and courses.

    Booking recommended for this free session as places are limited.

    This event will be Auslan interpreted.

    Other cyber safety events:
    Cyber safety: Gaming, social media and sexual content
    Cyber safety: Introduction for parents

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 9 May 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Citizen Science: Feather Map
    Thursday 30 May 2019
  • Book now

    The Feather Map of Australia was a national citizen science project which ran from 2016-2018. As part of the project, people were asked to collect waterbird feathers from their local wetlands. The feathers collected were then analysed to find out which wetlands waterbirds use, how they use them and provide insight into wetland health.

    Australian Wetlands are threatened by reduced river flows, flooding, drought, climate change and changes in land use. Wetlands are critical habitats for Australia’s waterbirds; providing places for breeding, nesting, feeding and roosting.

    This website app allowed the community to engage in scientific and environmental research to help preserve these precious environments.
    The critical information collected from the project could improve wetland protection and water management, as well as deliver understanding around the ecology and life cycles of waterbirds and waterbird populations.

    This 1-hour event includes a Q&A and an explanation of how to interact with the application. It also offers a background on the Feather Map of Australia project.

    Dr Kate Brandis
    As leader of the Feather Map of Australia project, Kate is an expert in wetland and waterbirds, as well as the management of water and environmental flows. She also specialises in the analysis of biological samples to address ecological challenges and is a research fellow at the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW.

    Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA)
    Formed in 2014, this member-based community supports, informs and develops citizen science through sharing knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy.

    This is a free event. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    Book tickets to 25 May, 2pm at Customs House Library
    Book tickets to 30 May, 6pm at Surry Hills Library

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 30 May 2019 from 6pm to 7pm

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