Strategic Plan

​A world leading library, the State Library of NSW informs, educates, inspires and surprises online, onsite and on tour.

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For the community, we aspire to be a Library that is:

  • a pre-eminent and welcoming cultural destination
  • acknowledged for excellent client service and staff expertise
  • an innovative gateway to information and cultural enrichment
  • recognised for a unique and accessible collection
  • an active advocate for the NSW public library network
  • a proactive partner in knowledge creation.


To strengthen the community by being the trusted provider of quality information services by:
  • providing equitable access to contemporary and historical knowledge
  • collecting and preserving Australia’s heritage
  • promoting our role as a cultural destination
  • collaborating with the NSW public library network.

Our core values and beliefs

  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Service
  • Accountability
  • Equity of access
  • Innovation and engagement.

Our strategic priorities

The disk below identifies the three core priorities, each expressed through three strategic directions, together reflecting the State Library’s role and priorities. 
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State Library of NSW Strategic Plan 2015-19


The strategic directions are underpinned by four key enabling capabilities:

  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Our People and Culture
  • Digital Excellence
  • A Voice For Libraries

Our strategic initiatives 

These goals are being supported by eight critical focal areas for the State Library:

  • Public Library Network
  • Public Engagement
  • Building Collections
  • Collection Care
  • Learning Communities
  • Digital Excellence
  • Renewing Facilities
  • Revenue Strength