Stories Featured stories Australian Inspiration Art and culture This is the story of Julie Paterson, one of Australia’s best known contemporary textile designers, and her design journey of drawing inspiration from the collection. The TAL & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection Art and culture Discovery Natural world Six volumes of exquisite Australian natural history drawings dating from the first days of settlement. PopularShow AllPopularShow AllPopular Search Topic AnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeopleAnyAbout the State LibraryArt and cultureBehind the scenesCollection itemCurrent exhibitionDiscoveryHistoryIndigenousNatural worldPartnershipsPeople Topic Format AudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideoAudioBlogImageIn DepthQuick ReadsVideo Story Format Search Reset All The Cruise of 'The Freak' by Geoff BarkerCollection item The 1872 record of Rev. Brownrigg's travels through the islands of the Furneaux Group. Under the sun by Claire MonnerayeArt and culture Discovery Current exhibition Max Dupain’s Sunbaker has inspired an exhibition of contemporary and thought-provoking artworks. Boy oh boy! by Cathy PerkinsArt and culture Behind the scenes Current exhibition In 25 years at the State Library, our Curator of Photographs has seen four people cry. The modern garden by Howard TannerCurrent exhibition Outstanding gardens are revealed by leading photographers in a new exhibition. Hitting the slopes Collection item A young woman’s trip to Kosciusko in the 1930s sent her headlong into romance. Magna Carta History Partnerships Collection item The Library holds a rare manuscript version of the 1297 statute of the Magna Carta that was signed by King John at Runnymede.