Research and Collections

Crop of Wendy Sharpes painting of the Mitchell Library

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A powerful single search tool to discover material from the Library's collections.

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About our collections The collection is large, diverse and surprising! Learn about the distinct collections that we nurture for current and future generations.

Significant collections These are unique and highly valued specific collections.

Building our collections What we collect and how we care for and share the Library's collections.

Research & Engagement We actively foster the use, scholarship, and significance of the collections.

Specialist websites

Resources of interest for specific communities.

Find Legal Answers

A free legal information service for the New South Wales community. This service is co-ordinated by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC).

Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary is a website about the history of Sydney, created in collaboration with hundreds of historians, local librarians, specialists and institutions.

Gather: connecting Aboriginal communities with collections and stories

An innovative space for Aboriginal communities to connect with their cultural heritage.

Drug Info

Find up-to-date information about alcohol and drugs. The website is regularly updated by specialist staff at the State Library of New South Wales in consultation with experts in the field.

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

The Rediscovering Indigenous Languages project aims to make accessible the rich archival collections of the State Library of New South Wales. The site features historic word lists, records and other documents relating to Indigenous Australian languages.

Painting by numbers: the works of Ferdinand Bauer

Explore the work of Bauer (1760 – 1826), an Austrian botanical illustrator, held to be the greatest natural history painter of all time – and certainly the greatest to have worked in Australia.