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Primary schools

Primary schools

Early Stage 1 to Stage 3

Our primary learning programs are designed to connect students and teachers to the extraordinary collections held by the State Library. They can be enjoyed onsite, online and across NSW.

All learning experiences are linked to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum and are designed to inspire curiosity, invite conversation and encourage creative responses.

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Onsite excursion
Early Stage 1
Stage 1

Visit the BIG Library and join the hunt for Matthew Flinders' much loved cat Trim.

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Stage 3

Travel back in time to Australia in the 1800s and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of life on the goldfields. 

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Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5

Discover one of the greatest writers of all time and uncover the little known, unexplored treasures in our extensive collection.

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Stage 2

Investigate Australian history in 1788 from two perspectives, First Nations and the British First Fleet.


Learning programs

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Atlas program

Join Atlas to participate in online clubs for artmaking, writing and reading, as well as special events and activities.  

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Inspired by children’s author Libby Hathorn, this immersive theatre experience brings to life extraordinary objects using music, song and puppetry!

Imagine. The Wonder of Picture Books

Discover the inspiration and creative process behind the finished product and learn how to ‘look closely’ and uncover the hidden meaning in the illustrations. 

Onsite excursion: before you visit

Plan your visit

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Venue and safety information for school excursion

Bus subsidy program: The Library offers K-12 school students from DET schools in the Greater Sydney region, access to FREE bus travel to visit the Library 

School students | What should I know before I visit?

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