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Face masks mandatory until 12.01 am, Monday 17 May 2021. Please read our special conditions of entry before visiting us.

What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. See what's on here. 

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Coming Out in the 70s

28 November 2020 to 30 May 2021
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Gay and lesbian life went public in the 70s. Speaking up and standing out, gay men and women took to the streets proudly demanding to be seen, heard and accepted.  This exhibition tells their story.

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Sackville Reach, Dyarubbin (Hawkesbury River) photograph by Joy Lai  2020 

Dyarubbin

27 March 2021 to 13 March 2022
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Darug knowledge-holders, artists and educators Leanne Watson, Jasmine Seymour, Erin Wilkins and Rhiannon Wright share their culture and stories of special sites along Dyarubbin  (the Hawkesbury river). 

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Amaze Gallery

20 March 2021 to 31 December 2024
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An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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Today

The First Fleet

Friday
Friday, 14 May 2021 - 10am to 10:45am
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Set sail on this virtual excursion to discover more about the First Fleet.

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World Press Photo of the Year 2021, Mads Nissen, Politiken/Panos Pictures, The First Embrace

World Press Photo 2021

15 May 2021 to 14 June 2021
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See the world’s best photojournalism from 2020 in our galleries.

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A mother and her two sons reading a book in the Childrens Library

Storytime in the Children’s Library

Monday
Monday, 17 May 2021 - 10:30am to 11am
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We're back! We have a beautiful Children’s Library full of wonderful books to share with you.

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Drawing of Aboriginal woman

Talking Deadly: Aboriginal women in colonial Sydney

Wednesday
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 - 6pm to 7pm
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Melissa Jackson will shine a light on some of the Aboriginal women of colonial Sydney.

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The First Fleet

Thursday
Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 11:30am to 12:15pm
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Set sail on this virtual excursion to discover more about the First Fleet.

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Desk with quill

Grapho

Thursday
Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 12pm to 1pm
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Join us at the Library for calligraphy demonstrations in languages other than English

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 subdivision plan that features the Library

The Scholar Talks at Six series celebrates maps and mapping, held in the Library’s beautiful Map Rooms, there is a different talk on the third Thursday of every month at 6pm.

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Bri Lee holding book, The Shape Of Sound

The B List with Bri Lee & Fiona Murphy

Thursday
Thursday, 20 May 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Join Bri Lee and author Fiona Murphy as they discuss Fiona’s debut memoir, The Shape of Sound.

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