Behind the scenes

Reconstructing the Holtermann: the world's largest collodion glass-plate negatives

What do you do when one of the world’s largest wet-plate glass negatives, weighing over 30 kilos, smashes into hundreds of pieces?

The Library’s digitised collections showcased by Google’s Cultural Institute

In 2015 the Library began sharing some of its digitised collections on Google’s Cultural Institute. 

Women of the Library

The Library celebrates International Women's Day by honouring the legacy of female Librarians.

Arresting gaze

A compelling portrait of a young colonial woman has been given new life. 

Libraries building communities

Winner of the 2017 Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship essay by Kristin Twomey on the importance of libraries as information, educational, cultural and social institutions assisting to build local communities. 

Origins of the State Library of New South Wales 1826 - 1869

Between 1826 and 1869 the Australian Subscription Library was reshaped into a Free Public Library.

Boy oh boy!

In 25 years at the State Library, our Curator of Photographs has seen four people cry.

Living language: Aboriginal languages in New South Wales

A major exhibition opening in July at the Library will celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The Library at war: 1939–1943

While the Nazis had conquered Western Europe in 1940 and threatened Britain’s very existence, the State Library had continued on much as it had before the war.

150 years ago: the Free Public Library

A vital public institution.

The Iron Church

For over 50 years, the site next to the New South Wales Parliament on Macquarie Street was occupied by one of the Colony's more unusual pieces of architecture.