Due to essential network maintenance, access to some online services including the viewing of digital images will be temporarily unavailable between 5 pm and 8 pm AEST on Sunday, 22 September 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Local studies

Local studies is a key public library service, an opportunity to provide access to resources unique to your local community.

Networking and forums

Reference Wiki

The group holds meetings twice a year to discuss relevant issues.  Information about forthcoming meetings is available from the Reference and Information Services Group wiki.  Resources and ideas are also shared on this wiki.  Please join this wiki and participate in the discussion.

Email lists

Email forums to facilitate peer to peer networking within the New South Wales public library network

About working groups

Ongoing list of various working groups in Public libraries


Datavisualisation for local studies

The State Library worked with Dr Mitchell Whitelaw to develop prototype image explorers for public library picture collections.

Oral history

Information to assist with oral history recording in public libraries.