Right in the heart of Circular Quay, this contemporary library is a great place to relax, meet friends, read or research. Spans 2 levels of Customs House.
Check changes to venue opening hours and services
Our facilities and services are open. Before visiting our venues and facilities, please check if there are any changes to the usual opening hours and services.
Open to visit to browse and borrow, read and use the self-service computers and desks.
Monday to Friday
10am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday
10am to 4pm
Monday to Friday
8am to 10:30pm
9am to 10:30pm
9am to 5pm
Close to transport includedNext to Circular Quay train, ferry, bus and light rail.
Print, copy and scan includedUse your membership card or purchase a casual use ticket from the self-service kiosk.
Self-service computers included
There is also a reading room and mobile device charging stations
Views includedUnexpected views of the harbour and bridge.
Study desks included
Recycling station includedDrop off batteries, mobile phones and light bulbs on level 1.
Exhibition spaces includedThe library hosts free exhibitions.
Onsite mobility parking not included
Mobility parking within 300m included
1 mobility parking space at 45-54 Pitt Street, Sydney, around 300m from the venue.
Level access entrance included
- 3 steps to front entrance or use 2 ramps with handrails.
- 7 steps to the rear entrance.
Entry door type included
- Manual door for front entrance: open inwards during building opening hours, 1.5 metres wide.
- Automatic sliding door for rear entrance: open 1.5 metres wide.
Accessible toilets included2 - RH and LH on ground floor.
Ambulant toilets not included
Changing places facilities not included
Hearing support system not included
Explore our collections
With over 50,000 items in a multicultural collection, 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 events you can join in our branches or online, including talks, classes and book 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.
Talks, courses & workshopsA dedicated makerspace and multipurpose room to create, invent or tinker.
Spaces for use and hire
Hireable indoor spacesMeeting room, Customs HouseCircular Quay · 50 people
Also at Customs House
Customer service centresYou can ask about maps, brochures and information on activities to enjoy in the city. Explore events and exhibitions. Use our library and chillout areas.Sydney
Hireable outdoor spacesLocated in the heart of Circular Quay, Customs House Square is an easily accessible, well-known venue with high foot traffic and excellent public transport links.Sydney
Hireable indoor spacesMultipurpose venue with a view. The Barnet Long Room in Customs House is an ideal space to hire for events in a convenient and stunning part of Sydney – Circular Quay.Sydney · 200 people