Children and families

Visit a library

Visit one of the City of Sydney Library branches to relax, read a book, do your homework with friends or use our free wifi.

Join the library

To become a member, complete an online application or fill in a form when you next visit. It’s free to join if you’re a NSW resident. If you're not 18, you’ll need to come to a staffed branch and complete an application form with your parent or guardian.  They’ll need to provide proof of identity, including their current permanent address.

Benefits

When you become a member, you can borrow as many as 30 items for as long as 3 weeks.

That includes books and ebooks, magazines, ecomics, graphic novels, audio and eaudiobooks, music CDs, DVDS, video game consoles, language and makerspace kits. Just remember to renew online or return them on time, otherwise your library card will be blocked and you won’t be able to use it.

Your City of Sydney Library membership also lets you stream music and films, take online language learning courses and research your family tree with Ancestry Library Edition.

Toys and early literacy programs

There are toys and puzzles for preschool aged children to borrow at Glebe, Surry Hills or Waterloo branches. Regular storytime and rhymetime sessions for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are held at all branches.

Musical instruments

Ukuleles are available for loan from Kings Cross and Green Square Libraries.

There is also a range of guitars and keyboards available for use at Green Square Library.

Video Game Consoles

A collection of classic video game consoles is now available to borrow from the library. All the consoles come pre-loaded with plenty of games, ready to plug in and play at home.

Library members can borrow 1 console from the video game console collection for a period of 3 weeks.

Makerspace kits

Experiment and explore with our new makerspace collection of over 300 robotic and educational kits available to borrow.

Kanopy Kids

Our Kanopy streaming service has a dedicated kid’s platform for ages 3 and up. Stream and watch inspiring films, TV series, animated storybooks, anime favourites and classic films. Parents can also choose to implement parental controls for additional security.

Britannica Online

This resource is a great place to start researching school projects. The online version of the Britannica Encyclopaedia comes in 3 versions for kids, teens and adults.

The login is your member number without any spaces.

PK magazine

PK magazine is aimed at primary school children and encourages contributions from its readers.

The magazine includes stories, poems, art, craft, reviews, musical performances, science projects, competitions, sporting heroes and interviews with authors.

Spine Out

Spine Out is an exciting online magazine for young adults. It's a special place for young adults to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

Storytime and rhymetime online

Are you and your little ones missing our regular early literacy sessions? You can now watch these popular sessions online any time from home. Presented by our librarians, new videos are added each week, with storytime for pre-schoolers and rhymetime for younger kids aged up to 2 years

Story Box Library

Kids ages 3 to 12 years can enjoy listening to and watching stories read by well-known Australian actors, comedians, musicians, artists and authors. There’s also a range of fun educational activities. Login using your library membership number.

Storyline Online

Award-winning children's literacy website streams videos featuring well known actors reading children's books.

VOX read-along audio books

This collection of picture books each has an in-built audio recording to help develop early reading skills. Kids can simply push a play button to listen and read-along.  The books come with a VOX Reader which has a headphone jack, external speaker, play/pause button, volume and page turning controls and a rechargeable battery.  The VOX read-along collection is located at Green Square Library and can be reserved using the online catalogue.

HSC resources

For senior school students the library provides a range of homework & research databases including Literary Reference Centre, Science Reference Centre, Australia and New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre, Proquest Research Library and more.

At Green Square Library you will find a collection of HSC books and study guides.

Join the library

Membership is free for NSW residents. Complete the online application form and enjoy borrowing up to 30 items for 3 weeks.