The Women's Library

The Women's Library is an unfunded not for profit organisation. All Library staff are volunteers, and without them the library would not function.


At a time when hard won rights are falling down all around us, women are confronting misogyny, rape culture and sexism in public and private life and there seems to be less and less space for us, as women, to meet, to connect and to learn and value our herstory, spaces like TWL become increasingly precious.
At this time, TWL is at risk. The small, dedicated and increasingly exhausted band of volunteers working to keep TWL afloat need the help and support of the women’s community. Our validity and usefulness is being questioned and our right to the space we have occupied for thirteen years is at risk. If community support does not become a reality we may well cease to exist.


I appeal to all those women out there who may not use us regularly but who like to know we are there, to the women who attend our groups and events and the women who drop in, visit, come in to read, sit or chat. Show your support by becoming more involved, by taking out a membership, joining our management committee, volunteering some time, using our bookshop and supporting us to keep the library alive.

I appeal to the feminist groups, women's groups, and women's services to support us and become involved—

  1. use our space
  1. take out a group or agency membership
  1. contribute to our newsletter
  1. join us on face-book
  1. access our website for information
  1. give us any ideas and suggestions about how we may remain an integral part of the women's community

To shamefully steal song lyrics , ‘sometimes we don’t know what we got till it’s gone.’ This is your opportunity to show your support and ensure that TWL remains a keeping place for our herstory, a safe place for our community and a place to continue to nurture women’s growth.

Afternoon Teas 2

A home grown literary afternoon tea for women.

To create a fun social event that gives voice to local literary talent.
Do you have your own poem or prose?
Can you read it to the group, or is there someone who could do this for you?
Or is there someone else’s poem or prose you could perform???

1 piece per person; 5 minute time limit(longer if we are really enjoying it!)
Preference given to those presenting original work AND those dressing up for the occasion!

REGISTRATION: Please register in advance (preferred) or show up on day

WHEN: Saturday 7th September: 1- 4pm
WHERE: The Women’s Library 8-10 Brown St, Newtown

Click here for PDF invite Afternoon Teas 2

Winter Solstice Book Sale and BBQ

Come along and celebrate the Winter Solstice and get an awesome deal on all second hand books. $1 Flyer

Current newsletter

TWL Newsletter June 2013 [2.26MB]

New Membership

If you would like to support TWL, you might be interested in taking out an Associate Membership. Associate Membership form.

Location & Contact

8-10 Brown Street Newtown (behind Newtown Library.)
Mail: PO Box 271, Newtown, 2042
Phone: 9557 7060

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 am to 3 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm

The Library is staffed by amazing and supportive women who may occasionally not be able to make their shift due to illness etc. We do our very best to make alternative arrangements but this is not always possible if notice is short. (Please note: because we operate solely with volunteer staff if you’re coming any distance to the library please ring us first on 9557 7060 to check the library is open.)


We would like to acknolwdge the continuous support of:
The Council of The City of Sydney
WoLF Sponsors