Right in the heart of Circular Quay in one of Sydney's finest historic buildings, this contemporary library is a great place to relax, meet friends, read or research.
Our branches are open with these services available:
- Customs House, Darling Square, Green Square, Kings Cross, Newtown and Surry Hills libraries: Browse and borrow and access computers and study desks.
- St Helen’s Community Centre (Glebe), Pyrmont Link, Ultimo and Waterloo libraries: Reserve and collect loans.
- Town Hall Library Express: Reserve and collect loans and computer use.
To help plan your visit, see our safety measures and restrictions.
Temporary online memberships also allow you to join our library without visiting a branch.
Monday to Friday
11am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday
11am to 4pm
Print, copy and scan includedUse your membership card or purchase a casual use ticket from the self-service kiosk.
Wifi includedFree wifi
Self-service computers included
Close to transport includedNext to Circular Quay train, ferry, bus and light rail.
Study desks included
There is also a reading room and mobile device charging stations
Mobility parking within 300m included
2 on-street mobility parking spaces 250m away on the western side of Pitt Street, south of Alfred Street.
Level access entrance included2 ramps at the main entrance of the building. One ramp leads from Loftus Street and the other from Young Street.
Lift included2 accessible lifts that provide access to all floors. 860mm wide electronic detection gates.
Accessible toilets included2 unisex accessible toilets: ground floor (right hand side transfer) and level 1 (left hand side transfer).
Explore our collections
There’s more than just books at the library. Explore music, makerspace kits, video games, toys, film and more, all free to borrow. Customs House Library also has music scores and Japanese and Korean books, CDs and DVDs for loan and a newspaper collection to read at the branch.
Library collectionsCommunity languages collection
Library collectionsBook collection
Library collectionsKoori collection
Library collectionsReference and special collections
Library collectionsFilm and TV collection
Library collectionsChildren and family collections
Library collectionsMakerspace kits
Library collectionsResearch and homework databases
Library collectionsVideo game console collection
Library collectionsGreen your life collection
Library collectionsMusic collection
Library collectionsMagazine and newspaper collection
History & archive collectionsBooks about Sydney’s history
Talks, courses & workshopsWe have a new program of online events you can join, including talks, classes and book and movie clubs. See what’s coming up or available to watch now.
Talks, courses & workshopsOur librarians present fun storytime sessions for pre-schoolers and rhymetime for 0 to 2 year-olds. New sessions in English, Mandarin and Auslan are regularly added for kids to watch anytime.
Talks, courses & workshopsA dedicated makerspace and multipurpose room to create, invent or tinker.