Surry Hills Library

Temporary closure and holiday hours

Our library branches will be closed on Wednesday 11 December for a staff development day. They will reopen on Thursday 12 December.

After-hours return chutes are available at Darling Square, Glebe, Green Square, Newtown, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Waterloo. You can continue to renew and reserve items, and access eresources with your online account.

Check our opening times for Christmas and the new year.

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
  • Hope Butterflies colony
    Friday 6 December 2019
  • Event details

    2000 Hope Butterflies will swarm into the Surry Hills Library this November.

    The Hope Butterfly colony created by Nick Baldas was launched in 2018 as part of National Water Week in the Blue Mountains.

    This interactive community art installation created by primary school students and artists is crafted from recycled materials, donated artworks and butterflies drawn directly onto stencil paper.

    Each butterfly is unique and carries hope wishes on its wings.

    If you would like to add your own butterfly to the colony, please contact Nick.

    In memory of the Pearl White Butterfly Colony once found within the Royal Botanic Garden.

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

    Saturday 16 November 2019 to Wednesday 8 January 2020

  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 6 December 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 6 December 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

  • Christmas CanToo Scavenger Hunt
    Saturday 7 December 2019
  • Book now

    Think Amazing Race meets treasure hunt meets walking-tour-on-Red-Bull. You’ll explore the city finding tricky clues, performing witty challenges – and searching for hidden gems and hidden alleyways you’ve never seen before.

    Take some time out for joy, happiness and adventure, life doesn’t have to be so serious! Head into work on Monday raving about what an amazing and hilarious time you had (and maybe bragging about your team’s win!). No more, ‘Oh, I just had a quiet one’ as you shuffle off to the coffee machine.

    CanToo raise money to support for Australian cancer research, funding the most brilliant, innovative early career cancer researchers. Grants can be hard to secure, and often go to researchers who are further on in their careers and by definition, more established in their research. This means fresh, innovative ideas often don’t get funding to continue, and often rarer cancers affecting less people struggle to get funding.

    Meet outside the Surry Hills Library and head off on a madcap race around town – finding clues, talking to strangers, making human pyramids and getting to know your friends (and new friends!) in a new way (Who secretly loves taking selfies? Who has a competitive streak you never knew was there? Who has a hilarious laugh?). Have an afternoon to remember!

    Either come as a solo or pair and we’ll team you up with some other winners to scavenge with, or bring a whole team of 3 to 5 racers!

    Surry Hills Library
    Saturday 7 December 2019 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Tech Savvy Seniors @ Surry Hills Library
    Tuesday 10 December 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 5pm

    Tuesday 22 October to Tuesday 10 December 2019

  • Celebrate: Australia on Chinese rice paper
    Monday 13 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

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