Lionel Bowen Library was officially opened as the Bowen Library on Sunday 25 August 1991 and is named after the late Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Bowen, in appreciation of the contribution he made to the local community. It houses the main library as well as the library's administrative offices, and a community centre on level three, which opened in 2004. The library was officially renamed the Lionel Bowen Library on the 25 August 2016 to celebrate its 25th Anniversary.
Learning Links is located on level three, with the Junction Neighbourhood Centre (JNC) located on the ground floor next to the library. There is a coffee shop in the foyer where you can meet friends and enjoy coffee and other refreshments before heading up to level one where the main library and the Vonnie Young Auditorium are located. The coffee shop opens before the library at 7.30am and closes at 5pm weekdays and 7.30am to 2pm on Saturdays.
Lionel Bowen Library boasts a collection of 124,000 items including books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. The library has a dedicated Local History room, study room (bookings required), has free Wi-Fi, 30 PCs (including four PCs reserved for seniors and four reserved for children), as well as photocopying, scanning and printing facilities.
Lionel Bowen Library and Community Centre can be contacted via (02) 9093 6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening hours (max 300 people)
Lionel Bowen Library (plus Lionel Bowen Toy and Game Library) are open 7 days a week with the exception of public holidays. The coffee shop is open from 8.30am to 5.00pm week days, and 8:30am to 2pm Saturday.
Please note: public computers will become unavailable 15 minutes before closing time.
Day of the week
Monday - Friday
9:30am - 8pm
9:30am - 4pm
12:00pm - 4pm
Directions and parking
Lionel Bowen Library and Community Centre is located on the corner of Gale Road and Anzac Parade in Maroubra Junction, 8.5km from the Sydney CBD. It is a short walk away from the Pacific Square shopping plaza.
There is a small undercover car park, accessible from Gale Road. Patrons are reminded not to park in the reserved spaces for Randwick City Council vehicles.
The closest train stations to Lion Bowen Library and Community Centre are Central or Bondi Junction. From either station connecting bus services take you towards Maroubra Junction, with buses stopping on Anzac Parade.
From the City: Bus routes 394, 396, 397, 399, M10, X94 and X96 depart Elizabeth Street and proceed to Maroubra Junction via Oxford Street.
From Central: Bus routes 393 and 395 depart from Eddy Avenue.
From Bondi Junction: Bus routes 316, 317, 353, 400 and 410 depart Bondi Junction bus interchange terminal.
From Randwick Junction: Routes 400 and 410 depart from Belmore Road.
Lionel Bowen Library and Community Centre has lift access to all floors. Two disabled parking bays are available in the ground floor car-park.