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
  • Tech Savvy Seniors at Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 17 September 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

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 20 September 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 20 September 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

  • 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
  • Quantum computing explained
    Tuesday 15 October 2019
  • 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, three 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

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 15 October 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors
    Tuesday 22 October 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: 22 October
    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: 29 October
    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 part 1: 5 November

    Introduction to email part 2: 12 November
    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: 19 November
    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: 26 November
    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: 3 December
    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: 10 December
    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 4pm

    Tuesday 22 October to Tuesday 10 December 2019

  • The dark web explained
    Tuesday 22 October 2019
  • Book now

    A mysterious parallel internet hiding from sight. An immense black market, home of hackers, dealers, conspirators and scammers, where criminals can plan and transact with impunity? Or a safe, anonymous platform where regular people can take back their privacy and communicate in safety?

    Join Eileen Ormsby, one of the world’s leading experts on the dark web, to discover the truth behind the myths and hype. Find out who’s really using it and why, whether we need worry, and if it should – or even could – be shut down.

    In this free 1-hour fireside chat you’ll learn:

    • What the dark web is and how it is different from the everyday internet we all know so well.
    • How dark web communities operate and communicate with much greater anonymity.
    • What’s really happening on the dark web – criminal or otherwise.
    • What authorities are doing to combat illegal activities on the dark web.
    • The risks associated with using the dark web.

    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.

    Eileen Ormsby

    Eileen is a lawyer, author and freelance journalist based in Melbourne. Her first book, Silk Road, was the world’s first in-depth expose of the black markets that operate on the dark web. In her latest book, The Darkest Web, Eileen’s gonzo-style investigations led her deep into the secretive corners of the dark web where drugs and weapons dealers, hackers, assassins-for-hire and worse ply their trade. Eileen is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the dark web.

    Speaker provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 22 October 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Driverless vehicle technology explained
    Tuesday 19 November 2019
  • Book now

    Driverless or autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve road safety and social inclusion, reduce traffic and solve parking problems. They could even bring us cleaner air, more free time and better health.

    But what about malfunctions, hacking and privacy? And will how society cope with this massive disruption to our transport labour markets?

    Join driverless vehicle experts Mark Pesce and John Allsopp for this free 1-hour talk and discover:

    • The core technologies behind driverless vehicles.
    • The technical and regulatory challenges that must be overcome before driverless vehicles will dominate our roads.
    • How and where they are already being used.
    • How driverless vehicles might transform our roads and cities.
    • The potential risks of driverless vehicles, such as malfunctions, hacking and privacy.
    • What driverless vehicles could mean for transport industries.

    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.

    Mark Pesce

    Mark is a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator. He has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for 35 years and is a sought-after keynote speaker for conferences and leadership gatherings. He currently hosts a number of podcasts and has recently been working on a series on the huge transformations in transportation, The Next Billion Cars.

    John Allsopp

    John is a co-founder of the Web Directions conference series and author of one of the earliest books on Microformats. As a software developer, long-standing web development speaker, writer, evangelist and expert, he’s spent the past 25 years working with and developing for the web.

    Speakers provided by Spark Festival.

    Other events in the series

    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6pm to 7pm

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