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Recent media releases

Entries now open for the 2020 National Biography Award

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Entries are now open for the 2020 National Biography Award – Australia's richest prize for biography and memoir writing.

Entries open for State Library’s $20,000 short film competition

Thursday 21 November 2019

The State Library of NSW is inviting entries for its short film prize Shortstacks, with a total of $20,000 on offer across two categories.

NSW State Library secures ‘holy grail’ of Australiana

Wednesday 20 November 2019

An extraordinarily rare 17th century Spanish document – considered amongst the most valuable of all printed Australiana – has just been acquired by the State Library of NSW and is now on public display.

Australian first: chat-bot that gets kids reading

Friday 8 November 2019

Australia’s first chat-bot designed to get kids reading has just been launched at the State Library of NSW.

2020 State Library of NSW fellowships announced

Friday 25 October 2019

Eight prestigious research fellowships totalling $216,000 have just been awarded by the State Library of NSW.

New Children's Library opens in 150th year of free access to books

Tuesday 8 October 2019

A new Children’s Library, the first space devoted entirely to young readers and families at the State Library of NSW, will open to the public on Saturday 12 October as part of a free Open Day.

Call for nominations: NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2020

Friday 30 August 2019

The total prize pool of up to $305,000 will be presented to the winners at an awards ceremony at the State Library on 27 April 2020.

2019 NSW Premier’s History Awards winners announced

Friday 31 August 2019

$75,000 in prize money awarded at the State Library as part of the official launch of NSW History Week.

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