The State Library of NSW is one of the great libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Its renowned historical and contemporary collections, comprising more than six million items, hold the growing memory of our state and nation.
The State Library began as a small subscription library in the 1820s for colonials who were desperate to read books.
A world leading library, the State Library informs, educates, inspires and surprises online, onsite and on tour.
Meet the Executive team who are responsible for managing the Library, its collections, services and programs.
The Foundation was established by the Library Council of New South Wales in 1989 and is the principal fundraising body for the State Library of NSW.
Here you'll find the Library's Annual Reports, SL magazine, staff papers and legal publication Hot Topics.
Find the State Library's latest media releases, download publicity images, view expert profiles and request an interview or film shoot.
Awards & fellowships
The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history.
Using the Library
The Library's policies inform our services and programs, and provide guidelines on practical matters such as accessing the collections, copyright and photocopying.
Find out about the Library's wide range of services that are free for visitors and NSW residents.