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What the Library collects

The Library collects material that documents life in New South Wales

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The Library collects material that documents life in New South Wales from the time of early European exploration and colonisation to the present day. The intention is to create a collection that reflects the history of New South Wales in both the Australian and international contexts.

The Library collects a broad and representative range of published and original material, including rare printed material, originating in New South Wales, Australia and internationally. Under legal deposit, the Library receives material published in New South Wales so as to preserve and make accessible the published record of New South Wales.

The Library also collects material to support an information service for the people of New South Wales and so provide a foundation for the Library’s partnership with New South Wales public libraries to meet the information needs of their communities.

The Library’s collecting is guided by the Collection Development Policy . Supporting policies include the Collection Acquisitions Policy and the Collection Donations Policy . In 2014, the Library released a Digital Collecting Strategy  that outlined digital collecting intentions for the next two years.

If you wish to donate material to the Library, offers will be considered. Find out more information about how you can donate to us.

Find out more about some of our recent acquisitions.