The Women's Library

Books by, for and about women – run by volunteers

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:

  • access our website for information
  • contribute to our newsletter
  • use our space
  • take out a group or agency membership
  • join us on Facebook –
  • 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 ’til 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.

Location & Contact

Address: 8-10 Brown Street Newtown (behind Newtown Library)
Mail: PO Box 271, Newtown, 2042
Phone: (02) 9557 7060

Opening Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11:00am–3:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am–3:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am–3:00pm
Friday: closed
Saturday: 12:00pm–4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm–4:00pm

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 (02) 9557 7060 to check the library is open.)


We would like to acknowledge the continuous support of:

  • The Council of The City of Sydney
  • WoLF Sponsors