Sydney❜s Most Kid-Friendly Libraries

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Can the minutes please show that we just absolutely love a good library? 

Far from being stuffy, stressful places to visit with kids, we reckon they're an awesome indoor option for families that offer engaging activities, play opportunities and of course, plenty of books to enjoy. We've rounded up the most kid-friendly libraries in Sydney, so you've got some options next time it's raining, or you fancy doing something a bit different. 

The Most Kid-friendly Libraries in Sydney

Why We Love Libraries 

First up, let's take a minute to consider all the reasons we love libraries with such a passion. Well, they're kid-friendly venues that are full of creativity, education, music, and imaginative fun - and free? What's not to love about libraries! It might not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for a day out with young kids, but if you look a little closer, you'll find that your local library is a treasure trove of joy that will fill your child's mind with the good stuff and set up some healthy habits for life.

1. Green Square Library, Zetland 

Green Square Library
An ultra-fun option to visit with young people, Green Square Library is complete with a designated Kids Space.

The newest library in town, the City of Sydney's six-story Green Square Library has established itself above and underground, reclaiming land that used to be a swamp! The award-winning design is complete with a glass entry pyramid that lights up at night and an aeroplane. The library boasts a Piano Room with a view, a Guitar Library, and the comfiest-ever Kids' Space to enjoy. Oh, and we're in love with the Rainbow Reading Room—you'll never want to leave! 

Location: 355 Botany Rd, Zetland

2. Woollahra Library, Double Bay 

Double Bay Library
Double Bay Library is renowned for being one of Sydney's most kid-friendly libraries.

Let's be honest, this one stands out because it has a slide - a slide in a library! You can just go to a park if you want a slippery dip, but what the Double Bay Library offers little people is much more than that! The state-of-the-art library is full of wonder including a 'living wall' of greenery and a conveyer belt to return books that you can watch through the peepholes.

The secret garden is the most enchanting kid's area of the library, where they hold their children’s program, including Book Babies, Rhyme Time, and Story Time. When there are no classes, it is a great place for kids to play on iPads or sit and read. There is also a Games Space on level 2  and a Mini Makers Club for school-aged children, plus school holiday activities and special events.

Location: 1/451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay

3. Marrickville Library

New Marrickville Library
Marrickville library is a must-visit for kids in Sydney.

The highly anticipated new Marrickville Library and Pavilion is now open and is a must-visit destination for all book lovers! Repurposing the old Marrickville Hospital site, the stunning, custom-built library is set within a vibrant community hub and is a whopping three times larger than the old one!

There is a new junior library, loads of garden space, a children's playground, and, in a win for parents, an on-site cafe by inner-west faves Double Roasters! There is a regular Little Library Lovers program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and an after-school Bookworm Kids Club for all kids 8-12 to explore their love of reading and develop their creativity.

Location: 313 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville

4. Rockdale Library

Sydney's Most Kid-Friendly Libraries
Rockdale library is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most kid-friendly libraries, complete with a swoon-worthy kids' section!

Rockdale Library underwent a huge makeover and totally redefines what you think a library is! For starters, the kid's section looks like something out of a Lewis Carrol novel! There are lots of spaces for children of all ages, lots of vibrant colours, and lush greenery. They can find a nook to curl up with a book and be lost in their imagination for hours!

Location: 444-446 Princes Hwy, Rockdale

5. Hurstville Library

Hurstville Library
Hurstville library is a wonderfully kid-friendly option in Sydney.

It's big, it's clean, and you can borrow toys as well as books from the 'Library of Things'! At Hurstville Library there is so much on offer that will help instill a love of books in your child. As well as Story Time and Rhyme Time for younger kids, the library also has a dedicated after-school program for children aged 5 -10 years.

The After School Book Club brings great stories to life with crafts, games, and acting during school term. There is also a Lego Club and a Code Club.

Location: 12-22 Dora St, Hurstville

6. Max Webber Library, Blacktown 

Max Weber Library
Max Webber Library in Blacktown is a great option for books, games and organised activities.

Go for the books but enjoy the outdoor ping pong table too! As well as the traditional Rhyme Time and Story Time, Blacktown Library also has Around the World Storytime - a fun-filled, multicultural hour of stories and crafts that visit a different country each week. Bookworms will enjoy spending time in the children’s and youth areas of contemporary space as they develop a love of books and stories.

Location: Flushcombe Rd & Alpha St, Blacktown

7. Balmain Library

Best Kid-Friendly Libraries in Sydney
Balmain Library is a fun-filled time for the whole family!

The Little Library Lovers program includes Rhyme Time, Wiggle and Jiggle and Story Time, plus there's an Under Construction Lego Club for school-aged kids during the term. This library in the historic Balmain Town Hall has something for everyone! Balmain Library also hosts fun school holiday activities and special events. There's a whole kids' section out the back for these programs, but you can come in at any time to chill out with a book or play with the selection of toys.

Location: 370 Darling St, Balmain

8. Randwick City Library

Randwick Library
A great option in the east, Randwick Library is bursting with things for kids to do.

The family-friendly Randwick Library knows that books will always be the calling card but sometimes it takes a bit more to get people through the doors. They run special events like gaming and 3D printing workshops, and science clubs and encourage kids to write book reviews for other guests to read.

Randwick City Library also runs summer reading programs with incentives for kids to read during that school break, plus there's a huge toy and game library so you never have to buy your kids toys (that they only play with for a few days) again!

Location: 73 Belmore Rd, Randwick

9. State Library of NSW

State Library NSW
The beautiful kid-friendly State Library of NSW is sure to capture little ones' imaginations!

You may not have considered this historic library in the CBD but it has undergone a huge renovation and launched an amazing Children’s Library. The beautiful new maze-like space at the State Library of NSW is brimming with Australia’s best children’s books and was created to nurture curiosity and a love of reading.

There is an array of engaging activities for kids including Story Time, Family Sundays, and school holiday fun. There is also a Family Room dedicated to their youngest visitors and their carers, where you can drop in and have some fun with books, puppets, dress-ups, games, and activities curated specifically for those under 5’s.

Location: 1 Shakespeare Pl, Sydney

10. Mona Vale Library

Best Kid-friendly Libraries in Sydney
Mona Vale Library is one of the best kid-friendly libraries in Sydney.

From digital learning activities to literacy games, animal exploration, LEGO and, of course, storytelling, Mona Vale Library is a flurry of educational activities 7 days a week. Catering to children of all ages, the centrally-located library runs 4 dedicated kids' services as well as playing host to thousands upon thousands of books to illuminate their growing minds.

Digital Kids, Fun at the Library, Recommended Reads, and Homework Help are the activities on offer and are free to all library members.  

Location: 1 Park St, Mona Vale

11. PHIVE Parramatta

PHIVE Parramatta

Complete with the brand-new City of Parramatta Library within its walls, PHIVE Parramatta is a great addition to the city's kid-friendly library rotation. 

Boasting more than 65,000 books and a dedicated children's space with an extensive children's book collection, the library at PHIVE Parramatta is a great place to meet friends for a coffee and soak up the atmosphere.  Storytime runs throughout the school terms and there's also an ever-growing roster of family-friendly events, workshops and activities that run throughout the year. 

Location: 5 Parramatta Sq, Parramatta

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