Behind the scenes

A remote drama

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

Women of the Library

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

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.

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.

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. 

Boy oh boy!

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

Shakespeare at the Library

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

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. 

The Dixson map collection

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

Success story: the Mitchell campaign

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