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.


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.

Community languages

  • Russian books
  • Chinese newspapers
  • Russian newspapers
  • Spanish newspapers
  • Russian DVDs and CDs
  • What’s on
  • Celebrate: Australia on Chinese rice paper
    Monday 20 January 2020
  • Event details

    Chinese brush painting on rice paper of Australian landscape by two artists, Xiuying Chen and Lilian Lai.

    The artists are of Chinese heritage and ethnicity who are overseas-born and have migrated to Australia and made their homes here in Sydney. The artists, bringing their traditions and culture, and expressing through their art, share their vision of Australia in this exhibition.

    Surry Hills Library
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm
    Tuesdays, 10am to 8pm
    Thursdays, 10am to 9pm
    Weekends, 10am to 4pm

    Monday 13 January to Friday 13 March 2020

    Except Monday 27 January

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 31 January 2020
  • 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.


    Surry Hills Library
    Fridays, 11am to 11.45am

    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December 2020

    Thursday 31 January 2019 from 11am to 11.45am

    Except Friday 10 April, Friday 17 April, Friday 24 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 17 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October

    There are no sessions during NSW school or public holidays.

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 31 January 2020
  • 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.


    Surry Hills Library
    Fridays, 10am to 10.30am

    Friday 31 January to Friday 11 December 2020

    Thursday 31 January 2019 from 10am to 10.30am

    Except Friday 10 April, Friday 17 April, Friday 24 April, Friday 10 July, Friday 17 July, Friday 2 October and Friday 9 October

    No sessions on NSW school or public holidays.

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 17 March 2020
  • Event details

    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Book in for the small group sessions below.

    Introduction to computers: 17 March 2020
    This workshop covers what a computer is, its 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: 24 March
    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 world wide web yourself.

    Introduction to email: 31 March
    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: 7 April
    From booking a holiday to buying groceries, we’ll take you through the process of buying something and how to stay safe shopping online.

    Introduction to online banking: 14 April
    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: 21 April
    Get sharp with social media’s famous 3: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We’ll take you through a run-down of which social media channel to use and when.

    Introduction to iPads: 28 April
    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 17 March to Tuesday 28 April 2020

  • Quantum computing explained
    Tuesday 24 March 2020
  • Book now

    Does the universe really act one way when we’re looking, and another when we aren’t?

    Find out in this free 1-hour chat with quantum computing expert Chris Ferrie.

    Quantum computing is set to deliver one of the biggest performance boosts in the history of technology. It could revolutionise artificial intelligence, help us create more energy-efficient materials and effective drugs, and improve weather forecasting and financial modelling.

    With the buzz around quantum computing building fast, now is the time to learn more about it. In just 1 hour you’ll get a basic understanding of the possibilities and risks of quantum computing, including:

    • What quantum computing is exactly, and how it differs from classical or binary computing.
    • The behaviours of subatomic particles that make quantum computing possible.
    • The kind of advances quantum computing might make possible.
    • The possible risks to cybersecurity, online banking and anything else affected by a massive increase in processing power.
    • Why, 3 decades after they were first proposed, quantum computers are still largely theoretical.

    This free event is for curious people from all backgrounds and you won’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy it. There will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Chris Ferrie

    Chris is a senior mathematics lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney and the Centre for Quantum Software and Information. His research interests include quantum estimation and control, and the use of machine learning to solve statistical problems in quantum information science. He is passionate about communicating science, and is the author of several books that make science accessible even for the youngest children.
    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Blockchain Explained
    Smart Cities Explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 24 March 2020 from 6pm to 7pm

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