Distant peaks

Of the thousands of maps in the State Library’s collection, Aaron Arrowsmith’s Chart of the Pacific Ocean is one of the most fascinating.

Take 5 bird artists

Discover some of our favourite bird artists from the collection. 

Sex and censorship all at sea

In 1946, decades before Banned Books Week (26 September – 2 October) was launched, Robert S Close’s Love Me Sailor was ruled obscene and its author jailed.

Where is that ancestor?

Do you have an elusive ancestor? Here's five tips to save you time in looking for those elusive records.

Maps for family historians

Ever considered using maps to get to know your ancestors?

Q&A with Amani Haydar

Lawyer, artist and women’s advocate Amani Haydar honours her mother’s life in her new memoir.

Explore your business opportunities with Company360

Our new eresource Company360 helps you find business information with ease.

Five for five book reviews

Five keen Library readers review five new release books.

Take 5 lighthouses

For International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (21-22 August), we’re shining a spotlight on five lighthouses from the collection.

A stalled sequel …

Miles Franklin’s glorious heroine from My Career Goes Bung — Sybylla is still as wilful, talented and funny today as she was 75 years ago.  

History of a house

Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you?

The Flame

The Olympic torch relay, and its climactic cauldron-lighting, is inextricably woven into the lore of The Games.

130 years of the Kelmscott Press

William Morris (1834–1896) — British artist, designer, craftsman, writer and socialist — established the Kelmscott Press at Hammersmith, London, in January 1891.

Self-portrait: Laura McPhee-Browne

A debut novelist observes a common peril.

Update on DX Lab

For the past six years the State Library’s DX Lab has developed new and exciting ways for people to experiment with, access, explore and become part of our collections.

It’s a zap!

‘Looking back on those early days of gay lib in the 70s,’ Terry Batterham comments as he takes a second stroll through the Coming out in the 70s exhibition, ‘I sometimes wonder where we got the energy from.’