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The State Library collects and preserves materials and evidence relating to our place in the world and makes them accessible to everyone in New South Wales and beyond.

About the Library

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Your State Library

Everyone is welcome at the Library – our inspiring spaces, rich collections, galleries, and cultural and learning programs are open to all.

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Strategic Plan

We’re turning the Library inside out to better serve the changing needs of our diverse communities.

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History of the Library

The State Library of NSW began as a small subscription library in the 1820s for colonials who were desperate to read books. From these early beginnings it became the world class, global library it is today.

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The Foundation

The Foundation is the principal fundraising body for the State Library of NSW.

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Indigenous Engagement

The Indigenous Engagement Branch at the Library work to share and celebrate stories of Indigenous Australia and work closely with Indigenous communities.

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Access and inclusion

The Library is for people of all abilities to access and engage with its facilities and services. 

News and media

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Find out the latest news from the Library.

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Media Centre

Find the State Library's latest media releases.

Awards & fellowships

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The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history.

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The Library offers a number of prestigious and competitive fellowships to support the study, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture.

Policies and publications

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Legislation and policies

The Library's policies inform our services and programs, and provide guidelines on practical matters such as accessing the collections, copyright and photocopying.

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Here you'll find the Library's annual reports, Openbook magazine, staff papers and legal publication Hot Topics.

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Protection of cultural objects on loan

Find information about the Library’s responsibilities as an approved borrowing institution. 

Venue hire

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Venue hire

Boasting the grand elegance of the historic Mitchell building and the modern versatility of the Macquarie Street building, the State Library is truly a unique venue.

Jobs and tenders

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Jobs at the State Library

Find out the latest job opportunities at the State Library

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School Work Experience Program

The Library is pleased to offer work experience opportunities to students in years 10, 11 and 12. 

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Information about current tender opportunities