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A quiet space to create

Andrew, who describes himself as ‘living displaced’, has always loved libraries – even as a child. 

June Marsden: celebrity astrologer and ufologist

Not long before the Covid-19 shutdown, a 1937 publicity photo of astrologer and radio broadcaster June Marsden came into the Library’s collection.

Improving the navigation of our collection hierarchies

A look at the research and design process undertaken by Library's DX Lab in building a better way to explore complex collection hierarchies.

Reflecting on Kamay

Capturing the contested landscape for our exhibition Eight Days in Kamay was eye-opening for a Library photographer.

What's old is new again

The Library has recently acquired a highly detailed world map, published in London in 1798.  

New architecture for a new catalogue

A look 'under the hood' at the technical foundation for our new catalogue experience.

Photographic artists’ books

Three limited-edition photographic artists’ books — Signs & wonders by Stephen Dupont and Jacques Menasche, Farewell Angelina by Anna D’Addario and Duende by Peter Lyssiotis — were recently added to the Library’s collection.

Adventures of Blue-eyed Patty

A small, ephemeral pamphlet is a superb addition to the Library’s rare books collection.

Australian sport collections

A Foundation donor’s generosity and passion have helped open up the Library’s sport collections to everyone.

The world turned upside down

A punchbowl made of silver is an unusual piece of tableware to commission for a three-year voyage in search of the elusive Great Southern Land.

Evocative scenes of everyday life

The Library has recently acquired a unique oil painting by Australian artist Herbert Badham.

The travels of a permanent student

Adam Johnston’s February visit to the Mitchell Library Reading Room was his first. It wouldn't be his last. 

Bushwalking in the 1920s and 1930s

A collection of photographs from the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bushwalking in New South Wales has recently been acquired by the Library.

Designing our new catalogue

An introduction to our design and research approach for the Library's new catalogue.

You spin me right round

A new machine purchased by the Library late last year has sparked curious looks from staff and visitors to our Collection Care lab.

Our whole world spun

When the Library put out a call to see how readers were using the collection from home, a fascinating story came to light.