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It's only rock’n’roll… but I like it

The Library has added 61 new photographs of New South Wales–based musicians by Wendy McDougall to our catalogue.

Using Artificial Intelligence to describe our collections

A look at how we've used machine learning technology to tag our digital collections to make them easier to search, browse and uncover.

Portraits of women in the collection

This NSW Women's Week (2–8 March) we're showcasing  portraits and stories of 10 significant women from the Library's Paintings from the Collection exhibition.

Building the face of our new catalogue

Developing our ‘front-end’ interface — why we built it the way we did, the basic tools we used, and some of the challenges we faced.

Q&A with ‘Gather’ artist Jake Duczynski

Jake's work explores Aboriginal culture through animation and storytelling.

Reading Proust until lunchtime

Ben’s summer was spent reading his way through three volumes of Proust – in French! Find out what keeps him coming back to the Library. 

Photographs from the 1965 Freedom Ride

Photographs from the Tribune (Communist Paryt of Australia) by Noel Hazard documenting the historic 1965 Freedom Ride through regional NSW.

Drug and alcohol issues for older people

Why are older people more at risk from alcohol? What are the dangers of mixing alcohol and medications? Can regular use of non-prescription medicines harm your health? What is mobile drug testing?

Welcome to our 2020 Fellows

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

Latest Law Handbook edition now available

Over 270 copies of The Law Handbook are on their way to public libraries and prison libraries across the state.

The Atlantic and Pacific cruise of SMS Bismarck, 1879–80

The Library recently acquired a fascinating album of 99 photographs taken on the maiden cruise of SMS Bismarck from 1879–80.

NSW public library portable local studies project update

This public libraries project is progressing well.

Welcome to the 2020 school year!

There is so much to look forward to in 2020 with the State Library of NSW.

Back to school - PDHPE

We've updated our Drug and Alcohol Information for PDHPE research guide for the new PDHPE syllabus.

Koori Mail cartoons on display

See original drawings by Australia’s best-known Aboriginal cartoonist Danny Eastwood.

Updated resources for PDHPE students and teachers

Updated Drug and Alcohol Information for PDHPE research guide now available.