The State Library of New South Wales’ digitisation program aims to create, manage and make accessible digital images of collection items through the Library’s website.
Digitisation improves service delivery by increasing online access to the Library’s collections. Their unique and dynamic online content promotes the collections and services around the world. Digitisation also helps preserve the collections by reducing the handling of valuable or fragile material.
Material is selected for digitisation according to specific criteria applied across all collections. This includes, but not limited to, printed books, newspapers, journals, ephemera, maps, oral history, manuscripts, pictorial collections and finding aids.
Priority is given to material which documents life in New South Wales and contributes to the cultural heritage of the nation. International collections are also considered for digitisation when the material has an impact on Australia. The Library does not aim to digitise the entire collection.
A key strategic initiative is to bring more of the Library’s unique collection online through corporate and private sponsorship. This is being achieved through the generous support of the State Library Foundation partners and benefactors.
Visit our Discover collections to view the spectacular achievements so far.