Collaborative initiatives

The State Library of New South Wales participates in collaborative initiatives with other libraries and cultural institutions, government agencies and private organisations.


  • Register of War Memorials in NSW
    A searchable database of images of NSW war memorials and recorded veteran names, an initiative of the Returned Services League, NSW Branch, funded by Clubs NSW with support from the New South Wales Premier's Department and the Department of Education and Training.
  • Macquarie Papers
    Journeys in Time 1809-1822
    Seringapatam 1799
    A joint initiative with Macquarie University Library providing access to full transcripts of the travel journals of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie and the writings of Lachlan Macquarie describing the British military campaign in 1799 against Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore (South India), and the assault upon his fortress and capital at Seringapatam.

Resource Discovery

  • Electronic Resources Australia This consortium was formed in 2007 in response to a recommendation in the 2003 Senate report on Libraries in the Online Environment that highlighted the public need to have greater and coordinated access to full text electronic resources. The State Library of NSW subscribes to the World Book Online Reference Center via this consortium providing free public access for the people of NSW
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online The State Library of NSW is a Linkage Grant Partner with the ARC funded Dictionary of Australian Artists Online (DAAO) project, which will provide biographical data, contextual information, commentary and images on Australian artists. Based on a number of published biographical dictionaries, the DAAO will be a dynamic and interactive resource, which describes the lives of indigenous and non-indigenous artists.
  • Dictionary of Sydney The State Library of NSW is a partner in Dictionary of Sydney project led by the City of Sydney and the University of Sydney. The online Dictionary of Sydney aims to provide Sydneysiders, visitors and academics around the world with access to the history of the city. It will eventually contain thousands of entries from prehistory to colonial days and modern Sydney life. 


National & State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) is the peak body representing State and Territory libraries and the National libraries of Australia and New Zealand. NSLA sponsors the following collaborative initiatives:

  • Australian Newspaper Plan The Australian Newspaper Plan is a cooperative initiative of the National and State Libraries Australasia. This project is designed to collect and preserve every newspaper ever published in Australia, guaranteeing public access to these important historical records. In 2007 the National Library of Australia, in collaboration with each Australian state and territory library commenced a program to digitise newspapers that are out-of-copyright. The aim of the Australian Newspaper Digitisation Project is to build a service that will provide free online access to key Australian newspapers. The contribution of the State Library of NSW to this ambitious project will result in the digitisation of Australia’s earliest newspaper, the Sydney Gazette (1803-1842).
  • Trove: Australia in Pictures Group 
    Picture Australia has been absorbed into Trove. It was originally launched in September 2000, and at that time, was a unique and ground breaking service, bringing together digitised images from cultural heritage collections around Australia for not only all Australians to see but also the world. We will continue with this tradition using the Trove: Australia in Pictures Group.
  • NSLA Consortium
    A consortium of Australian State and Territory libraries, and the National Library of Australia formed for the purpose of acquiring access to commercially available electronic information resources and to make these resources more widely accessible throughout Australia through State and Territory libraries. The State Library is a member of this consortium for the purpose of acquiring electronic resources for clients cost effectively.

National Databases

The State Library of NSW is committed to contributing to the suite of national format-based databases managed by the National Library of Australia.

  • Libraries Australia
    Libraries Australia is a resource sharing service coordinated by the National Library of Australia for Australian libraries and their users. It is used for reference, collection development, cataloguing and interlibrary lending. The heart of Libraries Australia is the Australian National Bibliographic Database (ANBD), which records the location details of over 40 million items held in most Australian academic, research, national, state, public and special libraries. The State Library of New South Wales has been a major contributor to the ANBD since its inception in 1981.
  • MusicAustralia
    The State Library of NSW contributes content to MusicAustralia, an online service developed by The National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive. MusicAustralia provides integrated access to Australian music resources and information. The State Library of NSW is contributing with the digitisation of 19th century Australian sheet music held in the Mitchell Music File.
    The State Library of NSW is a contributing partner and archives NSW “born digital” content to PANDORA, Australia’s web archive. Ten partners currently contribute to PANDORA including the state and territory libraries, National Film and Sound Archive, AIATSIS and the Australian War Memorial.
  • Picture Australia
    Picture Australia provides a single search point across a collection of digitised images, contributed by more than 44 cultural institutions in Australia and New Zealand. This very successful service provides access to more than one million images of historical and contemporary Australia - the State Library of NSW is its biggest contributor.


  • LIAC — Legal Information Access Centre provides access to information about the law for the NSW community through the specialist information service at the State Library and the Find Legal Answers service (link to website) in public libraries across NSW and online. LIAC is an initiative of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW and the State Library, jointly funded by the Library and the Public Purpose Fund.
  • drug info @ your library is a joint initiative of NSW Health's Community Drug Strategies Branch and the State Library of NSW.
  • is a State Library service that provides NSW local government and public libraries with Internet connections and access to online databases.   As the use of the Internet increases, public libraries require faster and more reliable internet connection with innovative technologies to deliver services to their communities.  An innovative technology which has been recently introduced in some public libraries is wireless access which enables the public to access the library's internet connection through their own notebook PCs. 


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