Public Library Services

The State Library's Public Library Services team provides specialist advice and support to all local councils providing public library services to the people of NSW.

Popular content

Using behavioural insights to improve public library services

A jointly scoped project to optimise membership, visitation and satisfaction of selected NSW libraries. 

PL Portal

An online learning platform for NSW public library staff.

People Places

A guide for planning public library buildings.

COVID-19 information for NSW public libraries

Information to assist libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 research projects

Research into changes in NSW public library services due to the global pandemic.

Find a public library in NSW

List of all the public libraries in NSW and where to find them.

Public library statistics

The State Library collects comprehensive statistics from councils annually about their library services

Tech Savvy Seniors

Information about Tech Savvy Seniors for NSW public libraries

Social media campaigns

Find social media campaigns to promote services to your community.

Public Library Services eNews

Keep in touch with what's happening in Public Library Services.

In the Libraries enewsletter

Keep in touch with what's happening in NSW public libraries through our In the Libraries enewsletter.


Online Find Legal Answers training

Monday 20 June 2022

Find Legal Answers training is the latest online training course available via the PL Portal.

Law Week 2022

Friday 13 May 2022

This year's Law Week is being held from 16-22 May

Youth Week and Seniors Festival 2022

Wednesday 23 March 2022

Let the seniors and youth in your community know about the legal, drug and alcohol information available to them during Youth Week and the Seniors Festival.

Public libraries: 30 years of providing legal information to the community

Thursday 9 December 2021

On 10 December 1991, Albury City Library launched the first Legal Information Access Centre in a NSW public library. 

Let's talk scams during Scams Awareness Week

Thursday 28 October 2021

Scams Awareness Week will take place from 8 to 12 November 2021. The theme for the week is Let’s talk scams.

Services for public libraries

Drug Info for public libraries

Find up-to-date information about alcohol and drugs in public libraries and online.  Drug Info is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the State Library of New South Wales.

Find Legal Answers for public libraries

Find Legal Answers provides free access to legal information online and in NSW public libraries. 

Multicultural services for public libraries

The State Library Public Library Services branch provides a range of services and resources to assist public libraries with multicultural services to their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. helps libraries and councils with faster, easier and more cost effective access for their communities to the digital world.