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
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 20 September 2018
  • 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.

    Auslan Storytime is now offered at 2pm at Glebe Library on Saturday afternoons during school term.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursdays, 11am to 11.45am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

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

  • Rhymetime @ Surry Hills
    Thursday 20 September 2018
  • 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
    Thursdays, 10am to 10.30am

    Thursday 8 February to Thursday 13 December 2018

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

  • Late Night Library: Rethink the radical - genderfication
    Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Book now

    8 artists transition a Jacobean speech in a cultural battle between biology and genderfication.

    This artwork deals with the concepts of gender, inclusive of binary gender identification, as opposed to biological sex. Is gender required for contemporary story telling? An experiment, to glean if an audience gets the same story. Its orientation, complication and resolution regardless of artists’ gender or sex.

    Each artist performs an anonymous Jacobean monologue, thoughtfully shifting pronouns and structure. Each one is unique. Actors are unaware of each other’s text.

    Using voting cards, the audience asks a series of questions relating to what it sees, perceives and hears. It also asks about the impact of the story and whether performers’ gender identification plays a role.

    Host: Dr Jessica Kean, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney.

    Artists: Mara Aplin, Muhammad Ali Q | Amar, Andrew Guy, Sophie Kelly, Kipp Lee, Ladonna Rama and Rosie.

    Original concept: Curly Fries.

    About the series

    This exciting Late Night Library series is presented with The Leftovers. It disrupts with provocative performances that investigate the nature of humanity.

    From those curious about culture to emerging performers and producers looking to connect with others in the industry – come and rethink the radical.

    This free event is suitable for adults only. Bookings are recommended as places are limited.

    This event is Auslan intrepreted.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 27 September 2018 from 8pm to 9pm
  • Word Travels: Australian Poetry Slam heat
    Thursday 4 October 2018
  • Book now

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

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

    To participate or watch the heat, make sure to book a seat in the audience. You can sign up at 7pm on the night to perform. Performance starts at 7.30pm sharp.

    Emily Crocker
    Emily writes and performs poetry. You might have seen her at BAD!SLAM!, Noted Festival, Unspoken Words, StoryFest, or Word in Hand. Her debut chapbook Girls and Buoyant was published last year by Subbed In. She is also on the team that brings you Enough Said in Wollongong.

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 4 October 2018 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 9 October 2018
  • Book now

    This free series is designed to help older people gain confidence in basic computer and digital skills. From searching to surfing, you’ll discover how to browse your way through the web, learn to use an iPad, set up an email address and reconnect with friends on social media.

    Get savvy using our library PCs and dive into the digital world.

    Funded by the Telstra Foundation and FACS.

    Sessions are free cater for 8 people. Bookings essential.

    Introduction to Computers – Beginners – 9 October
    Introduction to Internet -Beginners – 16 October
    Introduction to email – Beginners – 23 October
    Introduction to Internet – Intermediate – 30 October
    Introduction to email – Intermediate – 6 November
    Introduction to online shopping – 13 November
    Introduction to online banking – 20 November
    Introduction to social media – 27 November
    Introduction to iPads – 4 December 


    Surry Hills Library
    Tuesdays, 3pm to 5pm

    Tuesday 9 October to Tuesday 4 December 2018

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