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What's On

Date range

Tomorrow Monday 23rd April, 2018

Free Kids Tours

Monday 23 April 2018 - 11am to 12pm

Have you ever wondered what treasures are hidden inside the State Library?

Celebrating World Book Day

Monday 23 April 2018 - 11am to 3pm

Celebrate World Book Day with curator Sarah Morley and a display of rare books from Shakespeare, Cervantes and other literary greats.

Curator Talk: Iconic Literature at the Library

Monday 23 April 2018 - 12pm to 1pm

Maggie Patton will share the stories behind some of the Library's most iconic works of literature on display for World Book Day, including Shakespeare’s First Folio, Cervantes' Don Quixote and Austen's Emma.

A Town Named War Boy (On tour in NSW)

Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Thursday 14 June 2018

On tour around Australia, award-winning playwright Ross Mueller's A Town Named War Boy, brings to life the State Library of NSW’s jaw-dropping collection of First World War diaries.

Here and Now: Waterloo

Saturday 3 March 2018 to Sunday 17 June 2018

Fiona Wolf-Symeonides' photographs capture the Waterloo area as it is about to change.

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 28 June 2018

East Maitland Library
14-26 April 2018


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

Saturday 19 August 2017 to Thursday 16 May 2019

Coffs Harbour & Lithgow Libraries
14-26 April 2018

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

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 10 January 2019

Cessnock Library
14-26 April 2018


Australasia Preserves: Digital Preservation Community of Practice

Thursday 26 July 2018 - 9:30am to 1pm

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about recent digital preservation initiatives and activities from organisations across GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums).

Fergus Hume Lecture: From Page to Screen - Thinking Through The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Friday 27 July 2018 - 11am to 12pm

This presentation will explore how the ABC production of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab rethought Hume’s most celebrated work, through images and performance, and considers what is lost and gained through such an adaptation.

Scholarly Musings: Researching Market Researchers

Tuesday 7 August 2018 - 11am to 12pm

In this talk, Professor Robert Crawford will go behind the scenes of the Ashby Research Service, established in 1936 by Sylvia Ashby, to reveal its inner machinations during the 1950s and 1960s.

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.

Honouring Australian Writers: Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Saturday 18 August 2018 - 2:30pm to 4pm

In its annual Honouring Australian Writers series, Writing NSW pays tribute this year to Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Australia's first published Aboriginal poet.

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.

Scholarly Musings: Owning Geographical Knowledge

Tuesday 4 September 2018 - 11am to 12pm

This talk will examine the now-famous Map of the Nineteen Counties in 1834 and the controversies over who had the right to produce, disseminate, and profit from, not only land sales, but also geographical knowledge in colonial Australia.

Past All previous events

Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors

Friday 18 August 2017 - 10am to 11:30am

Are you tracing your family history and don’t know where to start?

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: The Secret Code-breakers of Central Bureau

Thursday 17 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

David Dufty will talk about one of the lesser known stories of Australia’s military history. During the Second World War, Australian code-breakers and intelligence organisation members built their own version of the famous UK Bletchley Park from scratch. 

eResources for Researchers: Art & Architecture

Thursday 17 August 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Designed for the experienced researcher of art and architecture, this course will reveal some of the most relevant databases and online resources available with the use of your Library card.

Starting family research at the Library

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

Family history is part detective work and part historical research.

Still Selling: The Extraordinary Popularity of Georgette Heyer

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 1pm to 2pm

 Join us if you have ever read or loved or been curious about a Georgette Heyer novel. Jennifer Kloester, Heyer's official biographer, will explain the enduring success of one of the world's bestloved authors.

Paul Brunton 1: Phillip Parker King: Completing Flinders' work

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

From 1817-1823, in four arduous voyages sailing on the Mermaid and Bathurst,  Lieutenant King completed the map of our nation 

Paul Brunton: 3 Part Lecture Series: PHILLIP PARKER KING

Wednesday 16 August 2017 - 11am to Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 11am

Join Emeritus Curator of the State Library, Paul Brunton AM as he takes us through the life, explorations and eminent career of Phillip Parker King, drawing on the extensive original collections of papers, drawings and watercolours held in the State Library of NSW.  Three part lecture series 16, 23 & 30th of August.

No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson

Saturday 12 August 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

Join author Jeff Sparrow as he traces Robeson’s troubled life and stellar career, in a story that traverses the arc of the twentieth century and illuminates the fissures of today’s fractured world. 

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.