People seated in the study area at Customs House library.
Adults sitting in a row at tables in front of computers in Customs House Library.
People standing and sitting on the left in a children's section of a library. One the right is the white floor.

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.

Opening hours

Open to visit to browse and borrow, read and use the self-service computers and desks. The returns chute is open 8am to 10:30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 10.30pm Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday.
  • Monday to Friday

    10am to 6pm

  • Saturday and Sunday

    10am to 4pm

  • Public holidays



  • Print, copy and scan included

    Use your membership card or purchase a casual use ticket from the self-service kiosk.
  • Wifi included

    Free wifi
  • Recycling station included

    Drop off batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs on level 1.
  • Self-service computers included


  • 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 included

    • 2 ramps with handrails at the main entrance of the building.
    • 1 ramp leads from Loftus Street and the other from Young Street.
    • 7 steps with handrails to the rear entrance.
  • Lift included

    2 accessible lifts that provide access to all floors. 860mm wide electronic detection gates.
  • Accessible toilets included

    2 unisex accessible toilets: ground floor (right hand side transfer) and level 1 (left hand side transfer).
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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.