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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.

A year like no other through photographs

Photographers have been busy documenting these unprecedented times — here’s a sample of what they’ve captured.

Little bits of nonsense

Explore a whimsical vision of Sydney with this newly acquired rare map.

Saving all that glitters

While busily preparing for the Library’s new exhibition Coming Out in the 70s conservators were confronted with a rather unusual dilemma.

Researching Australian & Pacific History: the Australian Joint Copying Project

The Library has launched the AJCP Research Guide to help researchers access perhaps the most significant collection of primary source material documenting the history of colonial Australia.

A permanent place to study

Students talk about this year’s extra challenging HSC year, and how the Library was there to help.

6 ways you can get involved this NAIDOC Week

The Library is celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture with a series of events, exhibitions and activities for NAIDOC Week 2020.