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Last updated 26 November 2020

All Newcastle Libraries branches will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. Branches will close at noon Thursday 24 December 2020 and re-open Monday 4 January 2021. We've taken the worry out of your borrowing this holiday season by automatically adjusting item due dates and reservation dates to compliment our closure period so there’s no need to return your items until after we re-open in the New Year! Return chutes will be open during the closure and you can renew your items via the Newcastle Libraries app or website.

Newcastle Libraries is operating a COVIDSafe service model, and our library branches are open and ready to welcome you. Limited face to face programs for members, pop-up spaces and outdoor library events have recommenced and bookings are essential.

Opening Hours:









Newcastle (City) 

(from 1 July)

9:30am – 8pm 

9:30am – 8pm 

9:30am – 8pm 

9:30am – 8pm 

9:30am – 6pm 

9:30am – 2pm 


Find out which branches are open, current revised opening hours, services available and more on our COVID-19 Updates page.

Newcastle Library is located in the iconic War Memorial Cultural Centre in Laman Street in the heart of Newcastle. In 1957 the building was dedicated as the centre of culture for the City housing the Library, the Art Gallery and the Conservatorium. The library now extends over all levels of the building and includes an extensive lending library, a study area and computer lab as well as one of the country's most comprehensive local history collections. The second floor also houses the exhibition spaces: the Lovett Gallery and the Local History Lounge.


War Memorial Cultural Centre
15 Laman Street
Newcastle 2300
P: 02 4974 5342 Newcastle City Library
P: 02 4974 5330 Local History Library