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 Shack and the Junction Neighbourhood 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, 23PCs (including three PCs reserved for seniors and four reserved for children), four Macs and photocopying, scanning and printing facilities.
Lionel Bowen Library and Community Centre can be contacted via (02) 9093 6400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lionel Bowen Library Christmas Opening Hours
Randwick City Library will reduce its opening hours around the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Normal hours of operation will resume on Thursday 2 January 2020.
Items due across the Christmas and New Year's period can be returned to the "out-of-hours" chute located at the front of each library location (and on the corner of Gale Road and Anzac Parade, Maroubra for Lionel Bowen Library). You can also renew your items online (eligibility rules apply) or simply via our myLibrary App.
|Friday 20 December 2019||9.00am – 12pm|
|Saturday 21 December 2019||9.30am – 4pm|
|Sunday 22 December 2019||12pm – 4pm|
|Monday 23 December 2019||9.30am – 9pm|
|Tuesday 24 December 2019 (Christmas Eve)||9.30am – 3pm|
|Wednesday 25 December 2019 (Christmas Day – Public Holiday)||Closed|
|Thursday 26 December 2019 (Boxing Day – Public Holiday)||Closed|
|Friday 27 December 2019||Closed|
|Saturday 28 December 2019||9.30am – 4pm|
|Sunday 29 December 2019||12pm – 4pm|
|Monday 30 December 2019||9.30am – 5pm|
|Tuesday 31 December 2019 (New Year's Eve)||9.30am – 3pm|
|Wednesday 1 January 2020 (New Year's Day – Public Holiday)||Closed|
|Thursday 2 January 2019 (Normal operating hours resume)||9.30am – 9pm|
The Lionel Bowen Library (plus Lionel Bowen Toy and Game Library) are open 7 days a week with the exception of public holidays.
Day of the week
Monday - Friday
9.30am - 9pm
9.30am - 4pm
12 noon - 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.