Event series


11th Australasian Rare Books Summer School

Rare books

Three intensive five-day courses and a two-day short course presented by leading experts.
All courses will be based at the State Library of NSW from 1–5 February 2016. Some courses may include visits to neighbouring institutions and studios. Lunch will be provided.

Biography Week

Celebrate Biography Week at the State Library of NSW with a series of events exploring the art of biography, autobiography and memoir.

Highlights include the announcement of the National Biography Award 2015 and the National Biography Lecture.

By the Book

There are certain books that change the way we think about our world or even ourselves. These are the books that we want to share with anyone who will listen.

Corroboree Sydney

Discover Australia's rich cultural heritage from leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, writers, dancers and musicians as they showcase their creativity and share their stories.

Kids at the Library

Imagine, draw, believe, create, explore, solve and write - all in one week at State Library

Lifelong Learning

A range of courses, talks and workshops designed for learners of any age and stage of learning are available.

Multicultural March 2015

As part of the Multicultural March festivities, the State Library of NSW will come together with local communities from across NSW to host an array of fun activities and events. The month-long celebration will include free exhibitions, talks, tours, training, displays, performances, presentations and feasts!

National Family History Month

It’s time to dust down your ancestors. August is National Family History Month. Throughout the month there will be events of interest for the experienced family historian as well as the beginner. All events are free, but places are limited and bookings are essential.

Out of the Vaults

Enjoy an intimate viewing of our most iconic and intriguing items. Each month, rare items from the Library’s world-renowned collection are taken out of the vaults.

Seniors Week

Celebrate Seniors Week at the State Library of NSW from 14 – 22 March 2015.  Join us for a range of talks and workshops from technology training to games to gardening.   All events are free, bookings are essential.

Silent Film Festival

The Festival salutes Charlie Chaplin’s start in film 100 years ago: 1914-2014.

Study Break Films

Take a break from study with a program of fun films throughout the HSC period. From Halloween horror and 60’s sci-fi to action adventure and comedy classics, it’s a great way to relax during HSC.

Sydney Festival

For three weeks each January, Sydney Festival offers a rich program of around 80 events involving upwards of 1.000 artists from Australia and abroad covering dance, theatre, music, visual arts, cross media and forums.

The Book Stack

Conceived as an extension of the the library's awards program, the Book Stack is an exciting book club focusing on award-winning books and authors.

Tracing Irish Ancestry

Following the recent International Commemoration of the Irish Famine in Sydney we are running a workshop for those who want to learn more about their Irish ancestry.

Walkley Media Talks

The Walkley Foundation, in partnership with the State Library, will showcase the best in Australian journalism with a series of monthly Media Talks featuring some of Australia’s most respected and experienced journalists in conversation.

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