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City of Sydney library services Covid-19 update

Some library services are now available.

Covid-19 update

The safety of our communities, customers and team is our top priority.

Library services and hours

Our team is doing its best to help and support you, please be kind.

Browse and borrow branches

Customs House, Darling Square, Glebe, Green Square, Kings Cross, Newtown, Surry Hills

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Ultimo, Waterloo

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm

Library link services

Pyrmont Link

  • Monday to Thursday, 9am to 9pm
  • Friday, 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Town Hall Library Express:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Find out more about how to make reservations in the online catalogue and reactivate reserved items.

Download the library app

It is with great excitement we can announce members can access the City of Sydney Library anytime, anywhere on an app. Browse and search collections including ebooks and eaudiobooks, manage your loans and reservations with contactless checkout. Embrace your digital library card now.

LinkedIn Learning

Library members can now access tutorials and programs to achieve personal and professional goals. With more than 16,000 micro and in-depth courses, there’s something for everyone. Topics include everything from software and technology to creative pursuits and business skills. Free on-demand courses, taught by industry experts are available in 7 languages. Find out more.

Venue hire

You can now make library venue hire bookings. Rooms will be available at Customs House, Darling Square and Green Square.

Health and safety, in line with NSW Government advice

Covid-19 vaccination status is no longer required. We strongly encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and to have a booster vaccination if your second dose was 4 months or more ago. Find out where to get vaccinated and if you’re eligible for a booster vaccination.

Face masks Masks must be worn in indoors areas. Find out more about our recommendations for wearing face masks at our venues.

Covid check-in is recommended at our libraries. Our team can assist you if you do not have a smartphone or a phone with a camera.

When visiting a library we ask you to:

  • Sanitise your hands when you arrive. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and throughout the library.
  • Wipes are available to clean the computers.
  • Follow the signs and floor markings and maintain 1.5m physical distance from all people including staff.
  • Observe lift usage, consider using the stairs. Please give priority to less mobile visitors. If social distancing can't be maintained in lifts please wear a mask.
  • Follow directions from library staff.

Please do not visit a branch if you:

  • You are experiencing even mild Covid-19 symptoms such as a cough or sore scratchy throat.
  • Have visited an area where NSW Health advises immediate self-isolation and testing.
  • Have been tested for Covid-19 and have been told to wait for results.

Other library services and information


Returns can be made using the returns chutes at these branches:

  • Glebe, Green Square, Newtown, Surry Hills, Ultimo and Waterloo libraries: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Darling Square Library: 7am to 10pm every day
  • Customs House Library: 8am to 10.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 10.30pm Saturday and 9am to 5pm Sunday
  • Kings Cross Library: Returns can be made during opening hours
  • Town Hall and Pyrmont Link during building opening hours


Inter-library loan requests are now available. Find out how to make a request.

Your reservations

You can continue to reserve items using the online catalogue. We’ll notify you when your items are ready to collect.

If you no longer require your reserved item, you can cancel your reservation. If you’d still like to borrow these items, you can reactivate them in your online account.

Home library service

The home library service operates 3 days a week delivering items to vulnerable communities. Eligible City of Sydney residents can also apply to join the service.

Explore our digital collection

The library’s digital collections can be accessed from home and include ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and enewspapers. You can also stream films and music and access many online resources for children. Consider learning a language.


City of Sydney Library membership is free for all NSW residents. To apply for a full 3-year membership, complete the online form or visit a staffed branch open for browsing and borrowing. To finalise your full membership and collect your library card, you’ll need to visit a staffed branch and show proof of identity and permanent residential address.

City of Sydney residents and ratepayers can also apply for temporary online memberships without visiting a branch. New and existing temporary memberships are valid until 30 June 2022.

Temporary online members are invited to convert to a full 3-year membership, visit a staffed branch open for browsing and borrowing.

If you’re under 18 years old, your application will need to be endorsed by a parent or guardian.

View our City of Sydney boundaries to check that you’re a resident before applying.

More information

If you have any questions about our library services, email our library team or call 02 9265 9333.

Find out more about changes to other City of Sydney services and facilities.