Bequests

Your support is critical to our future

We depend on bequests. We need your help to acquire, preserve and share Australia’s heritage for future generations. Help us give every Australian the opportunity to be inspired by our collection of over five million rare books, photographs, artefacts, paintings, letters and diaries as well as an increasing range of digital materials.

A gift in your will, no matter how small, will make a difference. Your investment will help us to improve our buildings and facilities for the community, host free exhibitions, and offer educational programs and fellowships.

NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive  

‘If you are considering leaving a gift to the Library or if you already have, thank you. Your gift will make a lasting contribution to one of the world’s great libraries, helping us grow and share our collection and  continue to offer our resources and services free of charge.’

Dr Alex Byrne
NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive

How to leave a gift to the State Library

Download this simple guide on including us in your will (PDF 90KB).

Whether you’re thinking of making a new will or updating one, we suggest you speak to a solicitor.

A bequest may take many forms. It could be a residual gift, a percentage of your total estate or a specific amount or asset, such as shares, bonds, property or even a book collection or work of art. The Library can also be named as a beneficiary in a life insurance or superannuation policy. Leaving a ‘residual bequest’ would make an extraordinary difference to our future. This means leaving part or all of your estate after you have provided for family and friends.

Join the Library circle today

The Library Circle is our way of publicly showing our deep appreciation for your generosity. Supporters who leave a gift to the Library in their will are invited to join the Library Circle and attend a program of exclusive functions, curator talks and behind the scenes viewings of original materials including new acquisitions.

Preservation work‘I would like to maintain the Library and its collections at the forefront of education and research.’
Ian McLachlan
Library Circle member

Please contact us

If you are considering or have already included the Library in your will, letting us know will help with our planning. We would also like to thank you for your generosity and keep you updated on our work.

Please complete and return this form (PDF 90KB)

We appreciate your will is very personal and any information you provide will be treated with respect and in confidence.

If you would like to discuss your wishes, receive more information or have a behind the scenes viewing of the Library, please contact:

Susan Hunt
Executive Director
State Library of NSW Foundation
Phone: (02) 9273 1529  
Email: shunt@sl.nsw.gov.au

Contact the Foundation

State Library of New South Wales Foundation
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

t: (02) 9273 1593
f: (02) 9273 1270

e: foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au