Our Library

A world-leading library and centre of digital excellence, the State Library of NSW informs, educates, inspires and surprises online, onsite and on tour. The Library’s rich heritage collections, contemporary print and digital materials, partnership with the public library network and vibrant collaborations enable Australians to interrogate our past and imagine our future.


World-leading Library

The State Library of NSW is the premier library for the people of NSW. Its peers are the world's great libraries, those that tell of the development of our societies and the unfolding stories of humanity.

History of the Library

A brief history of the State Library of New South Wales.

About collections

The State Library's major subject strengths are Australian history, culture and literature.

About catalogues & indexes

Information about our catalogues & indexes.

Library Council of NSW

Information about the Library Council of NSW.


Organisational structure

Support & Join

If you're passionate about supporting the State Library of New South Wales, you can help it to acquire, preserve and digitise Australia's cultural heritage by making a donation to the Foundation.

Strategic framework

Read about our strategic priorities, our mission, vision, core values, beliefs and our collaborative initiatives.


Current Library projects


Careers and graduate program information.

Awards & fellowships

Awards & fellowships


News about Library acquisitions, events, projects and services.

Media Centre

Media centre requests, contact information and press releases.

Videos & podcasts

Listen to podcasts, watch videos and download audio recordings from events and talks at the Library.

Library publications

Library publications including our annual report, newsletters, journals and staff papers.

Legislation & policies

Legislation & policies

Right to Information

The Right to Information legislation, the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 creates new rights to information that are designed to meet community expectations of more open and transparent government

Quick Links

The State Library provides a free Information Request Service.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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