What's On

Date range

Tomorrow Sunday 21st January, 2018

Laughter in the Library: The Lady Killers

Sunday 21 January 2018 - 2pm to 3:30pm

A gang of thieves rent a room upstairs from an old woman, who thinks they're a musical band.

Sydney Morning Herald Photos1440

Saturday 25 November 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018

The best published and unpublished work by Sydney Morning Herald photographers from 2016 to the present. 

Botanical Inspirations

Friday 17 November 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018

On show in the Amaze Gallery, a selection of works related to artist Ferdinand Bauer.

What goes pop!

Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018

A whistle-stop tour through some of the most important cultural changes of the 20th century.

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 28 June 2018

Albury Library
20 January-1 February 2018

May Gibbs: celebrating 100 years (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 19 August 2017 to Thursday 16 May 2019

Grafton & Grenfell Libraries
20 January-1 February 2018

Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 10 January 2019

Kempsey Library
20 January-1 February 2018

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 30 December 2018

Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
9 Februrary-1 April 2018


Analysis and care of oil paintings

Wednesday 15 August 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Led by a painting conservator this workshop focuses on analysing the materials that make up oil paintings and how this impacts their care.

eResources for Researchers: Art & Architecture

Thursday 16 August 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

For experienced researchers of art and architecture, this course will reveal some of the most relevant databases and online resources.

Launch into Library Research - Family History Focus

Wednesday 22 August 2018 - 10am to 3:30pm

Family history research is where the personal and the historic collide.

Where do I start? Discover the State Library

Thursday 6 September 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

For the first-time user. Come along and ask us your questions.

Launch into Library Research - Researching Your Bestseller

Wednesday 12 September 2018 - 10am to 3:30pm

Wanting to enrich the detail in a current manuscript or just have the beginnings of an idea for a writing project?

Rare Books: Astronomy

Wednesday 19 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Hear about this fascinating subject and see beautiful items from the Library rare books collection, including an 18th century celestial globe.

Treasures of Trove

Tuesday 25 September 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

This hands-on workshop introduces the unrivalled repository of Australian and online resources available from the Trove website.

eResources for Researchers: Online Newspapers

Thursday 18 October 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Using the Library's substantial eResources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers.

Past All previous events

The Creative Power of Copying

Wednesday 31 May 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Featuring legal experts, platform representatives, and creators who navigate these issues themselves, this panel is for anyone who copies for art, or wants to. It aims to look at the realities of copying as part of creation in Australia.

Thrillers in the library: Dead of Night

Sunday 28 May 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality.

World Press Photo 17

Saturday 27 May 2017 to Sunday 25 June 2017

Award-winning photographs from the 2016 World Press Photo Contest for press photography. 

A Significant Date: 1967 Referendum – 50 Years On

Thursday 25 May 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

The 1967 federal referendum was a significant moment in Australia’s political history.  Join ABC RN’s Daniel Browning as he leads a panel discussion on the impact of the referendum and whether changes to the Australian Constitution reduced discrimination against Indigenous people in Australia.

Michael Sala: The Restorer

Wednesday 24 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Michael Sala as he discusses his latest novel The Restorer with the literary editor of The Australian, Stephen Romei.

Women in the Spotlight: Still Looking for a Room of One's Own

Tuesday 23 May 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Tracey Spicer and a panel of female stage and screen writers including Joanna Murray-Smith, Rachael Coopes and Jada Alberts as they discuss their experiences, inspirations and the reality of being a writer today.

Lucy Clark: Beautiful Failures

Tuesday 23 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Lucy Clark's book Beautiful Failures explores the pressure that is placed on kids today: where it comes from, what we can do to reduce it, and how to fix a broken education system that fails too many kids.

NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception

Monday 22 May 2017 - 6pm to 9:30pm

This glittering celebration of excellence in Australian writing is held on the first night of the Sydney Writers’ Festival. With prizes totalling $305,000, the awards are among the nation’s richest and most prestigious.

Search on Thursday 6th July, 2017

The right infrastructure at the right price

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

Transport infrastructure could ease traffic congestion and lift productivity, but without a curb on politicians’ premature promises it will remain the bluntest of economic instruments. Join the Grattan Institute’s first Forward Thinking event for the year, where three experts discuss how to get the right infrastructure at the right price.

eResources for Researchers: History and Social Science

Thursday 16 February 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Designed for the experienced researcher of history and social sciences this course will reveal some of the most relevant databases and online ersources available with the use of your Library card.

From Where You’d Rather Be: Travel Writing

Thursday 16 February 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

In the age of Instagram, travel writers have loyal audiences ready to envy their adventures. So how much is the landscape changing for their work?

The Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends of the Library

Friday 17 February 2017 - 3pm to 4pm

The Reading Lounge bookclub for Friends of the Library.  This month's book: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood.

International Mother Language Day 2017

Saturday 18 February 2017 - 10am to 1pm

A free seminar to celebrate and promote awareness of linguistic diversity. The seminar will explore the loss and preservation of languages and the advantages of acquiring a second language.

Artists’ Panel: Under the sun

Saturday 18 February 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join a panel of artists, writers and curators for a dynamic discussion about their experiences and creative processes in developing their personal responses to the Sunbaker for this landmark photographic and photomedia exhibition. 

Curator's Talk: Under the sun

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - 6pm to 8pm

Join the Australian Centre for Photography curator of Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker for an in-depth look at the exhibition.

Starting Family Research at the State Library

Thursday 23 February 2017 - 10:30am to 12pm

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are.