About the Library

The State Library of NSW 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. The Library exists in order to support and encourage research, debate, conversation, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We welcome all people and strive to serve them all equally well, whether they visit us in person on Macquarie Street, online, or through their local public library.

Your State Library

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


Major Building Plan

Learn about our plans to make our much-loved Library fully accessible and more enjoyable to all.

Strategic Plan

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

History of the Library

The State Library began as a small subscription library in the 1820s for colonials who were desperate to read books.

The Foundation

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


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

Media Centre

Find the State Library's latest media releases, download publicity images, view expert profiles and request an interview or film shoot.


Information about current tender opportunities

Jobs at the State Library

Find out the latest job opportunities at the State Library

Work Experience Program

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

Our Cultural Partners

Learn about our cultural institution partners.

Awards & fellowships


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


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

Using the Library

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.

Access & Inclusion

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