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On this day, 3 November 1939, the NSW Library Act...


On this day, 3 November 1939, the NSW Library Act was passed by State Parliament.

This landmark legislation led to the provision of free public library services for the people of NSW.

Prior to the Act, there were only two public libraries operating in NSW, in Broken Hill and Sydney.

Local councils were encouraged to set up free public libraries through a subsidy from the State Government.

Councils quickly adopted the Act and the number of NSW public libraries has grown from two to over 360.

Today the State Library and public libraries across the state are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NSW Library Act.

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See photos of NSW public libraries from the 1940s to today at

Join the legislation celebration at #libraryact75th