Lawn Library in Paddington

Visit Paddington Reservoir Gardens this weekend to enjoy free books at our Lawn Library, as well as deck chairs, wifi, jazz concerts, and drawing classes.

The pop-up Lawn Library first appeared at the Festival Village at Hyde Park in January and was an instant success. The collection in Paddington includes more than 1,000 books, and if you like what you're reading - you can keep it.

The award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a stunning oasis. In 2009, what was a derelict petrol station, and disused water reservoir and a small park were transformed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer architects and JMD Design into a stunning urban park, combining the delicate stone ruins of the reservoir with tree-ferns, a sunken garden, plants and grassy areas.

On Thursday I joined Christina Alvarez, CEO Metro Screen, at Paddington Reservoir Gardens to launch Film Festival Australia.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon between 3 and 5pm musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will be giving free acoustic jazz concerts.

Lawn Library will be available daily from dawn to dusk, with everyone welcome to browse the shelves and choose a book from the wide range of fiction, architecture, history and children's titles.

A City librarian will be on hand at Lawn Library to assist with information about the range of library services available from midday to 2pm on weekdays and 10am to 3pm on weekends. Free Wi-Fi will also be available at the gardens, as part of a six-month trial by the City.

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