Sharing the collection

Your gift helps us to communicate the riches of the Library to schools, families, scholars and communities all over the world.

Donations to the Foundation help the Library provide access to the collections through digitisation, digital platforms, fellowships and awards, exhibitions, learning services and public programs.

Examples of Foundation-funded projects that have enhanced community access to Library services are listed below.

The Michael Crouch Family Galleries and John B Fairfax Learning Centre

In October 2018, the Library unveiled its most extensive capital works project in nearly a century, doubling the size of our public exhibition spaces, putting more of our collection on display, and opening our first ever dedicated learning space for children. 

The new Michael Crouch Family Galleries, the Collectors’ Gallery, the paintings galleries and the John B Fairfax Learning Centre are the most successful Foundation-funded projects in the history of the Library. We are grateful to our benefactors who made our vision a reality.

The Children’s Library

The Children’s Library opened in October 2019, thanks to one of the most successful public appeals in the Foundation’s history. 

Located in the Macquarie Street building, this beautiful, purpose-built area offers direct access to the best works for children and young adults.

Explore more projects that have increased community access to our collection.

The Children's Library

Explore more stories of donor impact

Coral Thomas

Coral Thomas Fellowship

Established, 2015

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National Biography Award

Established, 1996

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Mitchell Library Reading Room from above with bookcases and desks

Mitchell Reading Room transformation

Refurbished, 2015

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Mona Brand Award Identity

Mona Brand Award

Established, 2016

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A woman and a child watch a video clip.

Living Language

Exhibition, 2020

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Two students looking at wooden object

FAR Out! Treasures to the Bush

Outreach program established, 2010

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Rachel Hill speaks at the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Established, 2017

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Painting by Numbers

Online exhibition and book launched, 2017

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The Bridge website

The Bridge: The Arch That Cut the Sky

Digital project, 2018

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Illustration of Christ and saints

Australian Religious History Fellowship

Established, 2010

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Map of the world

Voyages of Discovery

Digitised and interpreted online, 2005–17

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David Scott Mitchell

David Scott Mitchell Fellowship

Established, 2008

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A hand browsing cards

Merewether Fellowship

Established, 2008

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World War I Program

Major exhibition and collection digitisation project, 2014–19

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Group of miners standing in front of mine with gold nuggets

Holtermann photographic collection

Digitised, 2009–11

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Dr AM Hertzberg AO Fellowship

Established, 2017

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Lewin: Wild Art

Exhibition, 2012

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Artist Colony: Drawing Sydney's Nature

Exhibition, 2014

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Ross Steele AM Fellowship

Established, 2019

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Nelson Meers Heritage Collection

Exhibition, 2002–12

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