Our opening hours are reduced on the Australia Day public holiday, Monday 27 January. More information ›


Due to essential maintenance, access to some online services including eresources and the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable between 8 pm and 10 pm AEDT on Tuesday, 28 January 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



2019 public library training wrap-up

2019 has been another busy year of training.

Internship at the State Library

The high level of services provided, engagement of the staff with children and family members, as well as being in a space that was attractive, stimulating and functional created an experience that was enriching.

Hassall Family papers made available for transcription

Using our online transcription tool, anyone can now contribute to transcribing the valuable Hassall family papers.

80 years of free public libraries in NSW!

We’re celebrating 80 years of free public libraries in NSW.

Zora Cross – rescued from oblivion

Australian poet and journalist Zora Cross caused a sensation in 1917 with her book Songs of Love and Life.

Hall of Service interactive

The installation is made up of around 1,700 plaques depicting the names and soil samples of each suburb in NSW that were provided as home addresses by WWI enlistees.

The Dictionary of Sydney

A website about the history of Sydney, created in collaboration with hundreds of historians, local librarians, specialists and institutions.

Long-term preservation of digital photographs

Digital photographs face immediate danger of loss and fragility when compared with their tangible, physical counterparts. Without proactive management and digital stewardship over time we could lose our ability to tell our stories and share our collective memories.

Digital Preservation Lab

The Library recently established the Digital Preservation Lab as a dedicated room for processing born-digital collections.

Using our digital photographic collections

A few examples of how our born-digital and digital photographs are being used.

New Migrant Employment Legal Service

The new Migrant Employment Legal Service (MELS) is now available for migrant workers across NSW.

Plunkett Street Photography Exhibition

Students from Plunkett Street Public School showcase their photographic skills in an exhibition held at the State Library.

Better read if dead

Top Critics’ Picks for lovers of Dead Central – just in time for Halloween.

Kids' Audio Guide

View artworks through the eyes of these talented young students with our new Kids' Audio Guide

Spring clean your legal pamphlets

Legal Aid NSW have recently updated some of their most popular pamphlets.