In favour of bad art

Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, shares her thoughts on 'bad art'. 

Libraries on the move

Getting to the local library isn’t always easy for Australians living in regional and remote communities, when the nearest branch may be hours away. But with mobile libraries there to bridge the gap it makes life a little easier.

Q&A with Dennis Altman

The gay rights activist and academic visited the Library’s exhibition Coming Out in the 70s.

The divine Dante

The great Italian poet Dante Alighieri died in Ravenna, in northern Italy, in 1321. Seven hundred years later, the literary world is commemorating the life of a writer who is considered the father of the Italian language.

Self-portrait: Anchuli Felicia King

A stage and screen writer considers what freedom means now.

Speaking his mind

A lifelong activist’s early diaries and photographs are a compelling record of grassroots activism in Sydney in the 1970s.

Sense of wonder

A high school student found surprising and poetic insights in interviews with gay men recorded in the 1980s.

Welcome to our 2021 Fellows

Each year, Library Fellows help uncover new stories and offer fresh insights into our extensive collection of original and published materials.

History on the cards

Some 30 years into her relationship with the Library, professional historian Dr Naomi Parry is still finding unexpected surprises in the collection.

Rare as a Brontë

Before Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey and Jane Eyre the Brontë sisters published a slim volume of poetry.

2021 Welcome to the School Year

The new school year has arrived and we would like to share with you all the marvellous resources available here at the State Library.

A home among the plum trees

A little notebook rescued from the Mittagong tip paints a picture of Sydney suburban life in the early 1900s.

Top summer reads for kids

Whether your kids are looking for whacky tales or daring escapes, these kids picks are full of awesome stories to enjoy during the long lazy days of summer.

Top summer reads 

Hand-picked and critically acclaimed books to grab your attention this summer.

Top gifts for the library lover in your life

🎁 Find something unique to give your library loving friends and family this Christmas.

Five for five book reviews

Five keen Library readers review five new release books.