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
  • Storytime @ Surry Hills
    Friday 22 February 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 22 February 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

  • Talking Bodies: Julie-Anne Long
    Thursday 7 March 2019
  • Book now

    The workings of the choreographer’s mind are revealed in a bespoke series of ‘dance lecture’ events. Featuring 3 of Sydney’s most celebrated dance and performance artists, Julie-Anne Long, Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn, we get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways these artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world. Combining storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.

    Award winning Sydney dance artist/scholar, Julie-Anne Long, reflects on the role of identity, the female body, the everyday and place within her significant body of work, revealing how choreographic thinking might help us to make sense of the times we live in. Julie-Anne is a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, curator, mentor and educator working within the diverse context of Australian contemporary performance.

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented in collaboration with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, in conjunction with Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.

    Others in the series
    Bhenji Ra, Thursday 28 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
    Ivey Wawn, Thursday 11 April, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 7 March 2019 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Talking Bodies: Bhenji Ra
    Thursday 28 March 2019
  • Book now

    The workings of the choreographer’s mind are revealed in series of dance lecture events. Featuring 3 of Sydney’s most celebrated dance and performance artists, Julie-Anne Long, Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn, we get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways these artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world. Combining storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.

    The second in this series of ‘dance-lectures’, Bhenji Ra reflects on the personal and political histories at the centre of her work across dance, choreography, installation and moving image. A sought-after artist, whose practice is as seductive as it is politicised, Bhenji shares some insights of the ways in which her work is pushing back against colonial and canonical perspectives, while collapsing borders between art, club, community, dance and politics.

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, and Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.

    Others in the series
    Julie-Anne Long, Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
    Ivey Wawn, Thursday 11 April, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 28 March 2019 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Talking bodies: Ivey Wawn
    Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Book now

    The workings of the choreographer’s mind are revealed in a bespoke series of ‘dance lecture’ events. Featuring three of Sydney’s most celebrated dance and performance artists, Julie-Anne Long, Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn, we get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways these artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world. Combining storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.

    Ivey Wawn combines knowledge from science, politics and popular culture to reveal how the social choreographies we live within might be something we can also reconfigure. Ivey draws on poetics from observations of microbial and economic processes to develop choreographic blueprints for the human scale. Her current research considers how speculative practices, especially those concerning debt, manipulate the relations between past, present and future.

    Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented in collaboration with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, in conjunction with Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.

    Others in the series
    Julie-Anne Long, Thursday 7 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm
    Bhenji Ra, Thursday 11 April, 8.30pm to 9.30pm

    Surry Hills Library
    Thursday 11 April 2019 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm

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