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Strategic Plan

A library where you don't need to fit in to belong.

Cover of State Library NSW Strategic Plan 2019-23

Cover of State Library NSW Strategic Plan 2019-23

In July 2019, the State Library NSW launched its PDF icon Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. The overarching theme of our Strategy is to turn the Library inside out to fully face and serve our community.

The overall structure of the Strategic Plan is divided into two sections under which there are grounding and strategic priorities:

What are we here to do?

The State Library of NSW exists in order to collect, preserve and support access to materials that enrich people’s lives.

Grounding priorities

The Library is grounded by the following priority areas in which we will continue to deliver and improve as we embark on new strategic directions.

  • Collect

  • Preserve

  • Access

  • Public Libraries

  • Organisational Support

Where is the Library headed?

A library where you don't need to fit in to belong.

Strategic Priorities

As part of our overarching aim to turn the Library inside out, our strategic priorities are focused on the needs of the public. Rather than asking our readers and visitors to fit in by understanding how we work, we want to understand how they work, and realise our vision of becoming a library where you don’t need to fit in to belong.

Put the reader and visitor first

We aim to put readers and visitors at the centre of everything to do.

Expand our audiences

We want to reach young audiences, culturally diverse audiences, Indigenous communities, and people who are not yet aware of what the Library can offer them.

Staff culture

We aim to foster a culture based on respect, support and responsibility, in which staff are comfortable to make their own contributions.