What's On

Date range

Tomorrow Wednesday 22nd November, 2017

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



WordeXpress English Extension 2 Seminar - Coffs Harbour

Friday 24 November 2017 - 10:30am to 4:45pm

The State Library of NSW and the NSW Education Standards Authority, invite you and your students to an English Extension 2

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Saturday 25 November 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018

Silents in the Library: The Lost World

Sunday 26 November 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Every larger-than-life creature feature, from King Kong to Godzilla to Jurassic Park, owes a debt to the original The Lost World, the granddaddy of giant monster movies.

Grattan Institute: Cities and the Regions, a Growing Divide?

Tuesday 28 November 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

This Forward Thinking event will explore the widening economic and social divide between Australia’s cities and regions. What are the economic forces at play? What are the effects on the social fabric of the nation? And what if anything should governments do to bridge the divide? 

Talking Deadly: Making history together

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Paul Irish for Talking Deadly on linking archival information and Aboriginal family stories in Coastal Sydney.

Author talk: Martin Sharp His Life & Times

Friday 1 December 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

From OZ magazine, Swinging London and Sydney’s Yellow House, Martin Sharp was at the epicentre of a cultural flowering. His biographer Joyce Morgan will shed new light on the charismatic and eccentric Sydney artist.

Author talk: Punk Girls

Saturday 2 December 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

Fashion, music and politics collide in this landmark publication by Liz Ham, one of Australia’s most acclaimed female photographers. Punk Girls is an authentic representation of the punk movement in its many guises with an important focus on the females who inhabit this world.

International Day of Disability

Sunday 3 December 2017 - 1pm to 2pm

To mark the International Day of Disability 2017 the Library welcomes performer, arts manager and diversity advocate Sarah Houbolt as she discusses accessibility and how we should think about designing our spaces.

Past All previous events

Silent Film Festival, Shakespeare and the Silver Screen: Henry V

Sunday 3 April 2016 - 2pm to 4:15pm

Henry V is a 1944 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name. It stars Laurence Olivier, who also directed.

Friends: Charlotte Brontë - 200th Anniversary with Susannah Fullerton

Friday 1 April 2016 - 11am to 12pm

Join Susannah Fullerton on the occassion of Charlotte Bronte's 200th anniversary, as she tells Charlotte's story and discusses the wonderful novels she gave the world.

NSW Seniors Week special event: Travelling through the Ages

Friday 1 April 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Travel inspires, educates and provides us with unforgettable memories. Australians are renowned travellers and the State Library has some fascinating tales to tell.

Silent Film Festival, The Other Hollywoods: Blackmail

Monday 28 March 2016 - 2pm to 3:30pm

British thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anny Ondra, John Longden, and Cyril Ritchard.

Silent Film Festival, The Other Hollywoods: Visages D'Enfants

Monday 28 March 2016 - 11am to 1pm

A French-Swiss silent film directed by Jacques Feyder. It tells the story of a young boy whose mother has died and the resentments which develop when his father remarries.

Silent Film Festival, The Other Hollywoods: Kid Stakes

Saturday 26 March 2016 - 2pm to 3:15pm

An Australian silent black and white comedy film written and directed by Tal Ordell.

Silent Film Festival, The Other Hollywoods: The House on Trubnaya

Saturday 26 March 2016 - 11am to 12:30pm

A Russian classic directed by Boris Barnet.


Saturday 26 March 2016 - 11am to 1pm

To celebrate Romanian music and poetry, join poets, singers and actors as they reveal the artistic rhythm of Australian–Romanian friendship within a new perspective of cultural diversity and joy.

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.