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 for browse and borrow and self-service computer and desk use only. No other in-branch services available during these times. The returns chute is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 10:30pm, Saturday 9am to 10.30pm and Sunday 9am to 5pm.
  • Monday to Friday

    11am to 6pm

  • Saturday and Sunday

    11am to 4pm

  • Public holidays


City of Sydney Library

For additional information please call 02 9265 9333. TTY: 02 9242 8575.

phone number
02 9242 8555
email address
[email protected]


  • Print, copy and scan included

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

  • Wifi included

    Free wifi

  • Self-service computers included

  • Close to transport included

    Next to Circular Quay train, ferry, bus and light rail.


  • 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 at the main entrance of the building. One ramp leads from Loftus Street and the other from Young Street.

  • 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.