The Library is open over the October long weekend, with reduced hours on Monday 2 October 2023. View the long weekend opening hours here.

What we aim to collect

What we collect?

The Library will collect a range of content that document, articulate and animate Indigenous life, past and present, in NSW. This content can be published and unpublished, from Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations, individuals and communities.

The Library will collect cultural materials that illustrate individual contributions in areas such as:

  • professional life (public service, professions, sporting, business)
  • community life and work
  • individual experience
  • records of community organisations
  • Indigenous writers, artists and musicians
  • Photographs of Indigenous reserves
  • Letters written by Indigenous people
  • Academic research
  • documentary projects
  • politics and activism
  • significant events. 

Which formats do we collect?

The Library will collect materials in the following formats:

  • books
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • photographs
  • manuscripts
  • maps
  • pictures
  • audio and oral history
  • audiovisual
  • websites
  • social media
  • born - digital collections.


The Library is also looking for opportunities to seek community - generated content and experiences.
Contact the Indigenous Services for more information.

2 men and 2 women sit down at a table

Melissa Jackson, Kirsten Thorpe, Mervyn Bishop with ABC reporter Nick Lowther. 

Photo by Mervyn Bishop.