Behind the Scenes

Our collections

The Dixson map collection

Explore the extensive collection of 16th to 20th century maps donated by Sir William Dixson.

Boy oh boy!

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

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?

A remote drama

A Library fellowship uncovered an archive of emotion in the correspondence of Henry Parkes and Thomas Woolner.

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. 

In the community

Success Story: The Mitchell Campaign

A passionate group of benefactors collaborated to support the refurbishment of the ground floor of the Mitchell wing.

Shakespeare at the Library

Discover the fascinating story behind Shakespeare's First Folio and other stories featuring Shakespeare in the Library.

Women of the Library

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

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.