The Women's Library

Books by, for and about women – run by volunteers


Libraries and Writing

Name Purpose Contact Website
Jessie Street Women’s Library A specialist library located in Ultimo, Sydney that collects, preserves, and promotes awareness of the literary and cultural heritage of Australian women. (02) 9571 5359 Jessie Street Women’s Library
Glasgow Women’s Library WE WISH!!! Have a look at what is possible. A fantastic site and an inspiration to those of us at The Women’s Library who are working so hard for you! Look… and get inspired, then come in and Volunteer @ TWL. Glasgow Women’s Library
Spinifex Press Feminist press founded by Susan Hawthorne, a member of the Women’s Library since its inception. Spinifex Press regularly donate books to the Women’s Library. (03) 9329 6088 Spinifex Press
Learn to Include Learn to Include (LTI) is an Australian non-profit organisation publishing inclusive children’s books. Our fiction and non-fiction titles and other resources feature diverse families, including families with same-sex parents. Learn to Include Learn to Include

Lesbian Activities

Name Purpose Contact Website
Sydney Lesbian Open House A free, informal discussion/social group ideal for anyone just coming out, or for people who have been out for ages but have just lost contact with their community.It is sponsored by The Women’s Library in Newtown, Sydney. Lesbian Open House
Older Dykes Lesbians over 40: mainly in Sydney but sometimes national, and the website is international. Email Older Dykes
Creative Womyn Down Under Creative Womyn Down Under (CWDU) develops and supports opportunities for womyn to participate in creative experiences. Gabe:
0400 619 868Georgina:
(02) 9557 2774
Creative Womyn Down Under
Women in the Bush A lesbian bushwalking and social group based in Sydney. (02) 9745 6270 Women in the Bush
LOTL Check listings in Lesbians on the Loose – LOTL – they have a monthly magazine and online listings. (02) 9332 2725 LOTL
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir Just-for-fun singing group that prides itself on a high level of performance. They usually present a few shows a year in Sydney. (02) 9360 7439 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras We exist to to develop the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras for the benefit of Sydney’s LGBTIQ community, the enjoyment of a wider audience, and as a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTIQ rights. (02) 9383 0900 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Suport for Lesbian and Transgender

Name Purpose Contact Website
Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW (GLCS) is a volunteer-based community service providing free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referral services and support groups for gay men, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons (GLBT) throughout New South Wales (NSW) on sexuality and life issues. General:
(02) 8594 9596Freecall:
1800 184 527Lesbian Only:
(02) 8594 9595Freecall:
1800 144 527
Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service
The Gender Centre The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities that enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices.
The Gender Centre is also committed to educating the public and providers about the needs of people with gender issues.
(02) 9569 2366 The Gender Centre
Gay and Lesbian Anti-violence Project (02) 9206 2116

1800 063 060

Gay and Lesbian Anti-violence Project


Name Purpose Contact Website
Newtown Neighbourhood Centre Newtown Neighbourhood Centre supports people through community action and provision of services to address their needs, focusing on the disadvantaged and vulnerable members in the community. (02) 9564 7333 Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre We aim to provide a Centre operating on feminist principles that will identify and respond to the special needs of women. We aim to provide opportunities for women to improve their skills and knowledge, establish support networks and gain greater access to resources. We also aim to encourage all sections of the community to challenge existing limitations to women’s equality and work towards improving the status of women in the community. (02) 9607 7536 Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre
Women’s March on Sydney The Women’s March was born in the United States following the election of Donald Trump. Upset and alarmed by the bigoted, sexist, and hateful rhetoric of his campaign, people took to the streets across all seven continents.

Women’s March Sydney drew 10,000 concerned people who marched to raise our voices against sexism, bigotry, and racism. Check our march coverage for further details.Women’s March Sydney has been working since March day to organise ongoing actions in support of equality, civility, and justice.

Email: Women’s March Sydney

Peak Bodies

Name Purpose Contact Website
Older Women’s Network Sydney The Older Women’s Network in NSW believes in a society rich in social capital, where mutual respect and trust are paramount, where diversity and debate are valued, and where people and their networks have a legitimate voice. (02) 9247 7046 Older Women’s Network Sydney
Women’s Health NSW The peak body for non-government feminist women’s health centres. (02) 9560 0866 WHNSW
NSW Women’s Refuge Resource Centre Point of contact for the NSW Women’s Refuge Movement. Provides adminstrative support and policy development for the refuges as well as information/referral to other services. (02) 9698 9777 NSW Women’s Refuge Resource Centre

Sexual Assault

Name Purpose Contact Website
Rosebank Rosebank Child Sexual Abuse Service Inc. (Rosebank) provides free confidential counselling and support services to children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, and their non-offending family members. (02) 9601 3790 Rosebank
NSW Rape Crisis 24-hour sexual assault counselling service for the cost of a local call, and online counselling service. Freecall:
1800 424 017
NSW Rape Crisis Centre

Women’s Health

Name Purpose Contact Website
Bankstown Women’s Health Centre Holistic service committed to the health and wellbeing of women. (02) 9790 1378 Bankstown Women’s Health Centre
Leichhardt Women’s Health Centre Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre is a non-government, not-for-profit, community-based organisation that provides multidisciplinary, preventative health and treatment services to women. (02) 9560 3011 Leichhardt Women’s Health Centre
Liverpool Women’s Health Centre A feminist community-based health service run by women for women. (02) 9601 3555 Liverpool Women’s Health Centre
Immigrant Women’s Health Service Established in 1987 to address the needs of immigrant and refugee women in regards to health information and services. Fairfield:
(02) 9726 4044Cabramatta:
(02) 9726 1016
Immigrant Women’s Health Service
Australian Women’s Health Network The Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) is the peak organisation for women’s health in Australia. AWHN is a not-for-profit network run primarily by volunteers to maintain and advance a national voice on women’s health through advocacy and information sharing. AWHN is an umbrella organisation for State and Territory Women’s Health Networks, and other national organisations that embrace its objectives and philosophy. (03) 9662 3755

(03) 9663 7955

Jean Hailes foundation for Women’s Health The Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health is a not-for-profit organisation providing important services for women from adolescence to mid-life and beyond. Established in Victoria in 1992, it is now regarded throughout Australia as a leader in women’s healthcare. (03) 9562 7555 Jean Hailes