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What's On

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Celebrating Seniors Day

Thursday 5 April 2018 - 10:30am to 3pm

Join us to celebrate NSW Seniors Festival with a special day of events focused on the Library’s unique collections and historic buildings.

Sunburnt Country: The History & Future of Climate Change in Australia

Tuesday 10 April 2018 - 6pm to 7pm

Sunburnt Country highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems, and the power we all have to shape future life on earth.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: ‘Never Forget Australia’ - Transformation at Villers- Bretonneux

Wednesday 11 April 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

To commemorate the centenary of the counter-attack at Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918, award-winning historian Ross McMullin will illuminate the dramatic events. 

Curator’s Choice: The Cartography of Coronelli

Wednesday 11 April 2018 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Join us for an exclusive evening with Maggie Patton, Manager, Research and Discovery.

Preserving your Family History: Letters and Diaries

Thursday 12 April 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

A seminar dedicated to the long-term care of documentation such as letters and diaries.

State Librarian's Dinner

Thursday 12 April 2018 - 6pm to 8:30pm

Join State Librarian Dr John Vallance at the inaugural State Librarian’s Dinner. 

NSW Seniors Festival special event: Herbals & Flower Books

Friday 13 April 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Learn about and view some of the Library's original and facsimile editions of these beautifully illustrated books. 

HSC Help! Hands-on eresources workshop for Advanced and Extension English

Monday 16 April 2018 - 12pm to 1pm

Find out how to search the Library’s vast range of free eresources to find authoritative sources for your research topic.

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Silent Film Festival, Laughter in the Library: Whisky Galore

Sunday 17 July 2016 - 2pm to 3:30pm

Based on a true story of the S/S Politician that sunk Feb 5 1941 during WWII .

Global Issues: People, Race, Identity

Saturday 16 July 2016 - 1pm to 4:30pm

Dramatic shifts in population brought about by war, militarism and social, political, economic and environmental change have altered the patterns of human population on a global scale. Australia is not immune from these changes and they are challenging us to make sense of our identity and where we belong.

Great Adaptations: The English Patient (1996)

Wednesday 13 July 2016 - 2pm to 5pm

Andrew L Urban hosts this series of screenings followed by informal discussions. So why not escape the winter chill in the cosy surrounds of the Metcalfe Auditorium and reacquaint yourself with some classic stories?


FREE Kid’s Tours

Wednesday 13 July 2016 - 11am to Friday 15 July 2016 - 12pm

Have you wondered just what’s inside the State Library of NSW? Then this is the tour for you!

Silent Film Festival, Laughter in the Library: Modern Times

Sunday 10 July 2016 - 2pm to 3:30pm

Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s last outing as the Little Tramp, puts the iconic character to work as a giddily inept factory employee who becomes smitten with a gorgeous gamine.

Double Murder! Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab and the Poetics of Mobility

Friday 8 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Alistair Rolls delivers the Second Annual Lecture of the Fergus Hume Society. The Fergus Hume Society was incorporated with the aim to facilitate and promote engagement – for enjoyment, scholarship and research – with the life and works of Fergus Hume.

Minecraft Fun

Thursday 7 July 2016 - 1pm to 4pm

Its back! Why not come and join us for an afternoon of Minecraft fun at the Library. 

Where do I start? eResources

Thursday 7 July 2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am

This introductory hands-on workshop highlights the online resources available via the State Library website.

Search on Thursday 6th July, 2017

Thrillers in the library: The Fallen Idol

Sunday 21 May 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

The young son of a diplomat idolises his father's butler, Baines. When Baines' wife is found murdered and Baines is implicated, the young boy tries everything to point the investigation away from the butler. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.