About Public Library Services

The State Library's Public Library Services team provides specialist advice and support to all local councils providing public library services to the people of NSW. 

We do this through:

  • Assisting the Library Council of NSW to meet its objects and duties under the Library Act 1939
  • Providing funding to NSW Councils through subsidies and grants
  • Providing expert advice on the management and development of public libraries
  • Identifying and researching industry-wide issues
  • Reviewing public libraries on behalf of councils
  • Collecting and disseminating data on NSW public libraries
  • Developing standards and guidelines for library services and buildings
  • Fostering the professional development of library workers
  • Supporting the development of multicultural collections
  • Providing leadership on matters affecting public libraries
  • Providing expert advice to Government on matters affecting public libraries in NSW

The team visits more than 100 NSW public libraries each year providing such services as library reviews, facilitation of strategic planning, assistance with regional library agreements, children's services, building projects, multicultural services, reference services and promotion.

Please contact us to discuss how we can assist you.

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Publications Archive

The publications archive includes superseded State Library publications and guidelines related to public library services.

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NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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