Strategic framework

Our Library

A world leading library, 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, understand our present and imagine our future.

Vision: A world leading library

For the community, we aspire to be a Library that is:

  • a pre-eminent and welcoming cultural destination
  • acknowledged for excellent client service and staff expertise
  • an innovative gateway to information and cultural enrichment
  • recognised for a unique and accessible collection
  • an active advocate for the NSW public library network
  • a proactive partner in knowledge creation.


To strengthen the community by being the trusted provider of quality information services by:

  • providing equitable access to contemporary and historical knowledge
  • collecting and preserving Australia’s heritage
  • promoting our role as a cultural destination
  • collaborating with the NSW public library network.

Our core values and beliefs are:

  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Service
  • Accountability
  • Equity of access
  • Innovation and engagement.

Our strategic priorities

The disk below identifies the three core priorities, each expressed through three strategic directions, together reflecting the State Library’s role and priorities:

Strategic priorities chart Click on the image above to see a larger version


The strategic directions are underpinned by four key enabling capabilities:

  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Our People and Culture
  • Digital Excellence
  • A Voice For Libraries

Our strategic intiatives

These goals are being supported by eight critical focal areas for the State Library:

  • Public Library Network
  • Public Engagement
  • Building Collections
  • Collection Care
  • Learning Communities
  • Digital Excellence
  • Renewing Facilities
  • Revenue Strength