The Library is open over the October long weekend, with reduced hours on Monday 2 October 2023. View the long weekend opening hours here.
Public Library Services provides state-wide consultancy and advice on library services for children to library staff and local government.
Children make up a significant component of library clientele, and are the future adult clients and supporters of our library services. For assistance, contact Public Library Services.
Early years literacy and numeracy
Early literacy is the foundational experiences and knowledge that children build before they learn to read and write. Early literacy is the responsibility of many people (families, educators, and communities).
Public libraries play an active role as an informal educational context supporting early language and literacy learning. These programs include ‘Baby Rhyme Time’, ‘Toddler Time’, ‘Preschool Storytime’ and outreach programs for families and book giving projects. Some libraries also offer STEM programs for pre-schoolers including ‘Little Bang Discovery Club’ and ‘Maths Fun in Libraries’.
Early literacy framework
The State Library worked with The Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University to investigate best practices in delivering early literacy programs in libraries and to develop an early literacy programming framework for NSW public libraries.
Child safe NSW public libraries
- Children's policy guidelines (PDF)
- Working with Children Check FAQs (PDF). The State Library of NSW worked with the NSW Office of Children's Guardian to develop FAQs for NSW public library staff. For more information contact the Office of Children's Guardian or call (02) 8219 3777.
- Office of the Children's Guardian: Child-safe resources
- NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge
- Children’s Book Council of Australia
Networking and forums
- Email list: youngpeople is the email list for library staff providing services to children and young adults in New South Wales public libraries
- Working Group Wiki: Committee members, agendas, minutes and other information is availabe on the wiki
- ALIA Children’s and Youth Services promotes library services to children and youth, highlighting children's literature and fostering professional development of members