The Reading Room turns 75

The Mitchell Library Reading Room, one of Sydney's most iconic spaces, was opened 75 years ago on June 22, 1942.  

Building Magazine now online

The newly digitised Building magazine is a trove of information about the construction industry.

Win a special book pack

To celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing shortlist, the Library is giving you the chance to win a special prize pack. 

The First Sydney Fish Market

Behind the grand army of hawkers, and acting as sort of camp followers to them, were a number of ragged sharp-looking boys.

Crossing the Blue Mountains, Sydney

Read about the original documents and journals created by the European  pioneers who first crossed Sydney's Blue Mountains.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum on Aboriginal Rights

The State Library's c ollection includes rare posters, leaflets and photographs which pay tribute to the campaigners for a 'yes' vote at the May 1967 Referendum.

Latest Additions To Our Website Archive

Among the latest library acquisitions is the Kaldor Public Art Projects website

Unveiling Captain Cook’s Statue, 1879

On 25 February 1879, a statue of Captain Cook was unveiled in Hyde park. This event was witnessed by around 40,000 making it one of the biggest events of the year.

The Library recognises World IBD Day

On Friday May 19, the  Mitchell Library building was lit up purple in recognition of  World IBD Day.

New tricks for old material

ARCHivER and Angus & Robertson at the State Library of New South Wales, Dr Helen Bones.

Amplify: 6 months on

All about the first six months since launching Amplify, our audio transcription tool.

Scanning the Miranda Map

View the beautiful detail in this map from 1706

Fellow's Book Launch

Come to our 2015 CH Currey Fellow's Book Launch. 

2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship announced

2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship announced.

Q&A with artist Nasim Nasr

Nasim Nasr talks to us about the work she created for the exhibition Under the sun

Garry Wotherspoon oral history interviews with gay men 1980-1988 have been released on the Library’s oral history website Amplify

Interviews with gay men and women, conducted by Garry Wotherspoon in 1980-1988, are now available to listen to through Amplify, the Library's oral history site.