Family History Month
Family History Month
It's time to dust down your ancestors. August is National Family History Month. Throughout the month the State Library has events for everyone, from the experienced family historian to the beginner. All events are free, but places are limited and booking is essential.
2014 National Biography Award Shortlist Announced
2014 National Biography Award shortlist
Six fascinating stories have been shortlisted in Australia’s pre-eminent prize for biographical writing and memoir. The winner will be announced on Monday 4 August at a presentation ceremony at the State Library of NSW.
New exhibition: Life Interrupted
New exhibition: Life Interrupted
Our major new exhibition exposes the compelling tales of adventure, heartache and bravery – with a dose of great Aussie humour – through the hand-written diaries and letters of soldiers, nurses, stretcher-bearers and journalists. On show until 21 September 2014.
New exhibition: Portraits of War
Portraits of War
For the first time in nearly a century, over 230 pocket-sized portraits of WWI soldiers from an extraordinary and poignant collection will go on show in the free exhibition, Portraits of War: The Crown Studios Project, from 28 June to 21 September 2014.
Alan Davies awarded Emeritus Curator
Davies awarded Emeritus Curator
Alan Davies, the State Library’s much-loved and respected Curator of Photographs, was awarded the honours of Emeritus Curator by the Library Council of NSW ahead of his retirement after 25 years at the State Library.
Book a study room online
Study Room

Book a study room online from anywhere, at any time. Book a room for 1 to 6 people, for 2 hours. You just need your Library card, and it's free.

Study rooms are located on LG2 of the State Reference Library.  

Little-known other 'Sunbaker' photo on public display
Max Dupain's Sunbather
The only known original print of the first negative of Max Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker has been in a family album for over 60 years, until recently when it was donated to the Library under the Cultural Gifts Program. The album is now on display in our Amaze Gallery. Entry is free.