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
  • Blockchain explained
    Tuesday 23 July 2019
  • Book now

    Still in the dark about blockchain? Join local experts Adriana Belotti and James Zaki to find out what blockchain actually is and learn about its potential and risks.

    Blockchain was first used for the cyptocurrency bitcoin in 2009 – but that’s not its only use. The blockchain platform can efficiently and transparently carry out other types of transactions, creating a completely new way of using the internet. It has the potential to transform finance, governance, supply chain management and much more, creating a fairer world for everyone.

    In just 1 hour, you’ll get a better understanding of what blockchain is and explore important issues including:

    • Why and how blockchain is already being used.
    • How this technology could disrupt the way we all do business.
    • Blockchain’s radical potential to usher in a new, fairer world for everyone.
    • How cryptocurrencies could revolutionise money and finance as we know it.

    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.

    Adriana Belotti
    Adriana is a blockchain enthusiast and community builder. She is former vice-president of blockchain Australia and co-organiser of the two oldest crypto MeetUps in Australia: Bitcoin Sydney and Blockchain Professionals. Currently, Adriana works as a marketing consultant, helping local and international blockchain start-ups launch their marketing efforts, with emphasis on digital strategies and community development.

    James Zaki
    James has worked as a software engineer in industrial automation to local tech companies and start-ups. He has spent the past 7 years in app development, product management, and tech advisor roles. James has been fully immersed in the blockchain scene for almost 3 years, both attending and presenting at various events.
    Speakers provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Smart Cities Explained
    Artificial Intelligence Explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 23 July 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 26 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.

    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 26 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.

    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

  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 6 August 2019
  • 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: 6 August
    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: 13 August
    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 yourself.

    Introduction to email part 1: 20 August
    Introduction to email part 2: 27 August
    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: 3 September
    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: 10 September
    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: 17 September
    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: 24 September
    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 6 August to Tuesday 24 September 2019

  • Smart cities explained
    Tuesday 27 August 2019
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    Discover the technologies that are changing your city in this free talk for curious people.

    What is a smart city and what does it look like? Waste bins that empty themselves? Street lighting that only comes on when needed? Apps that let us know where we’ll find a park for our car? Or better, public transport that is more in tune with demand?

    Join Johanna Pitman, who led the smart cities accelerator program CityConnect, to explore these world-changing technologies.

    In just 1 hour you’ll get a better understanding of the opportunities and risks of emerging technology in city life, including:

    • how it’s already improving people’s lives in thousands of cities worldwide by reducing energy consumption, improving water management and cutting traffic congestion and pollution.
    • how we can continue to create liveable environments in growing urban centres where people and businesses can both thrive.
    • streamlining communications between you and the people who run your city.
    • risks of surveillance, diminished privacy and cyber-crime.

    Also find out where and how you can experience smart cities technology right here in the City of Sydney area.

    You don’t need any technical knowledge to enjoy this free event and there will be opportunities for discussion and questions.

    Johanna Pitman
    Johanna led BlueChilli’s CityConnect smart cities accelerator program. The program co-created solutions to address challenges faced by the world’s urban communities. Before that she was Deputy CEO for the Committee for Sydney, an independent think-tank advocating for global best practice in city-making.

    Johanna has a deep understanding of urban issues and economic development. She is passionate about connecting the right players to create smart cities that are prosperous, inclusive and liveable for all.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series
    Blockchain explained
    Artificial intelligence explained

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 27 August 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Cyber safety: Gaming, social media and sexual content
    Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Book now

    For parents with kids using the internet and video games, sexual and violent content are a source of constant concern.

    Join this session with leading expert Dr Joanne Orlando to help better understand children’s technology use. You’ll hear stories and research identifying where risks and safety issues lie, and why they’re there. Learn some strategies, and get balanced information to empower you to make the right choices.

    Explore the affect of social media on young people’s privacy, health, wellbeing, relationships and reputations. Find out what aspects of social media, gaming, and sexual and violent content can be unsafe and harmful.

    Apply your understanding of when, where and how children see violent and sexual content and develop ways to guide children. You’ll also learn how to recognise and manage problematic gaming habits.

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

    Meet the facilitators

    Dr Joanne Orlando
    As a leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles, Joanne offers fresh perspectives and solutions on our digital lives. She’s a regular TV and radio presenter offering expert technology parenting advice. 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 is currently working on her third parenting book and also hosts online and face-to-face digital-parenting seminars and courses.

    This free session is best suited to parents of primary and high-school children. Older children may wish to attend with their parents.

    Booking recommended as places are limited.

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 28 September 2019 from 1pm to 2pm
  • Word Travels: Australian Poetry Slam heat
    Thursday 3 October 2019
  • Book now

    Sign up for a Sydney heat of Australian Poetry Slam. Writers and performers are given a mic and 2 minutes to share their original piece and impress the judges. Judges are chosen randomly from the live audience on the night.

    The 2 top scoring writers from the heat will go on to perform at the Sydney final of Australian Poetry Slam.

    To participate or watch the heat, make sure to book a seat in the audience. You can sign up at 6pm on the night to perform. Performance starts at 6.30pm sharp.

    Troy Wong was born and raised in western Sydney, the first child of Singaporean expats. He is the author of 3 collections of poetry: Spitfire, Someone Else’s Egypt, and most recently, hAROLD. From 2016 to 2018 he helmed the monthly Granville Poetry Slam (formerly Parramatta Poetry Slam) as host and creative director. He was a national finalist in the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam and has toured his work in Australia and Singapore. His work has been published in Cordite Poetry Review, Pressure Gauge Press and the Australian Poetry Journal’s ‘spoken’.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 3 October 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm

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