State Reference Library Collections
The State Library of New South Wales serves the community as a key source of recorded knowledge by developing collections and providing online access to information to meet the information needs of the people of New South Wales.
As the principal reference and research library in New South Wales, the State Library collects new printed and electronic information selectively across all subject areas and at a range of content levels to support members of the community in seeking information. The Library aims to collect material in subjects of current and continuing interest to complement its existing holdings and also to supplement the collections provided by public library services across New South Wales.
Collection strengths include the social sciences and humanities, history and geography, business and management, biography, consumer health, Australian law, government, world wars, British colonial history, and library and information science.
Online resources enable the Library to move beyond the traditional physical walls. The Library acquires online resources in preference to paper where practical and, where licences permit, provides access to these free of charge to registered users of the State Library onsite and remotely.
The Library monitors the evolving information environment, changing requirements of clients and new information products and services to build and maintain a collection of resources which supports the Library’s services and programs, the Library’s role as a key reference and research provider and especially to meet the needs of clients. Information about subject areas within the State Reference Collections is presented in the categories below.