What's On

Date range

Tomorrow Monday 23rd July, 2018


Saturday 23 June 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018

Posters from the Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.

Australian Inspiration (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 9 August 2018

Leeton Library
28 July-9 August 2018

May Gibbs: celebrating 100 years (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 19 August 2017 to Thursday 16 May 2019

Queanbeyan & Coolamon Libraries
28 July-9 August 2018

Satire in the time of war, 1914-1918 (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 21 January 2017 to Thursday 10 January 2019

Ryde Library
28 July-9 August 2018

What A Life! Rock Photography by Tony Mott (On tour in NSW)

Saturday 11 June 2016 to Sunday 30 December 2018
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
12 January -17 February 2019


Family Fun - Pack your bags

Sunday 30 September 2018 - 11am to 2pm

Author/illustrator Matt Cosgrove is our special guest this month and he will share his super stories and beautiful illustrations in a fun interactive talk.

Scholar Talk: In Search of Charles Harpur

Tuesday 2 October 2018 - 11am to 12pm

In this talk, Michael Falk will describe his search for the mysterious Charles Harpur:  a great Romantic poet, a radical and a self taught genius.

eResources for Researchers: Online Newspapers

Thursday 18 October 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Using the Library's substantial eResources, learn how to locate and use historical and current online newspapers.

Teachers launch event

Thursday 25 October 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Join us and be the first to see our fabulous new Learning Centre at this exclusive event for teachers. 

Family Fun - Word Play

Sunday 28 October 2018 - 11am to 2pm

The fabulous Libby Hathorn will join us for an interactive workshop to share her love of poetry.

Where do I start? Discover the State Library

Thursday 1 November 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

For the first-time user. Come along and ask us your questions.

Scholar Talk: Linda Littlejohn

Tuesday 6 November 2018 - 11am to 12pm

Dr James Keating will discuss the life of Linda Littlejohn, the Sydney journalist once described as ‘Australia’s leading feminist’, to illuminate interwar feminisms in Australia and beyond.

Preserving your Family History: Digitisation of Originals

Thursday 8 November 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

A seminar dedicated to the challenges of self-digitising your family history documents: including letters, diaries and photographs. 

Past All previous events

Botanical Inspirations

Friday 17 November 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018

On show in the Amaze Gallery, a selection of works related to artist Ferdinand Bauer.

Medical Sydney

Thursday 16 November 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Take a medical history tour of Sydney from the First Fleet to the beginnings of the twentieth century.

Sydney PEN: Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 8pm

On this year’s Day of The Imprisoned Writer, award-winning cartoonist Cathy Wilcox will turn her attention to those less-common practitioners of freedom of expression: cartoonists.

Cathy Wilcox will speak of specific examples of cartoonists and artists whose freedom is currently threatened, their value as an indicator for the health of democracy, and of the range of views on what they should be “allowed” to say.

Curator’s Choice: The Birds

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

Curator Elise Edmonds will talk about and show examples of the Library’s beautiful bird illustrations from the early 19th century through to recent acquisitions of artworks produced by contemporary artists.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: Where Australia Collides with Asia

Wednesday 15 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ian Burnet returns to the Library to deliver a Bitesize lunchtime talk on his latest book, Where Australia Collides with Asia. Ian will discuss Alfred Russel Wallace’s discovery of the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia when he crossed the narrow strait between Bali and Lombok. 

Silents in the Library: The Phantom of the Opera

Sunday 12 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:45pm

A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) is a mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery.

Remembrance Day Special: The Battle of the Somme

Saturday 11 November 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

The ‘Battle of the Somme’ is a historic and iconic documentary film portraying allied preparations for, and the early stages of the battle and trench warfare.

Moving Beyond Remembrance

Friday 10 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 2pm

This lunchtime talk considers how communities have responded to 100 years of war and efforts towards sustainable peace. Displays and contributor readings will feature original handwork, written and visual creative responses. There will also be items from the Library’s collection on display.

Search on Thursday 6th July, 2017

The right infrastructure at the right price

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

Transport infrastructure could ease traffic congestion and lift productivity, but without a curb on politicians’ premature promises it will remain the bluntest of economic instruments. Join the Grattan Institute’s first Forward Thinking event for the year, where three experts discuss how to get the right infrastructure at the right price.

eResources for Researchers: History and Social Science

Thursday 16 February 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Designed for the experienced researcher of history and social sciences this course will reveal some of the most relevant databases and online ersources available with the use of your Library card.

From Where You’d Rather Be: Travel Writing

Thursday 16 February 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

In the age of Instagram, travel writers have loyal audiences ready to envy their adventures. So how much is the landscape changing for their work?

The Reading Lounge: Book Club for Friends of the Library

Friday 17 February 2017 - 3pm to 4pm

The Reading Lounge bookclub for Friends of the Library.  This month's book: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood.

International Mother Language Day 2017

Saturday 18 February 2017 - 10am to 1pm

A free seminar to celebrate and promote awareness of linguistic diversity. The seminar will explore the loss and preservation of languages and the advantages of acquiring a second language.

Artists’ Panel: Under the sun

Saturday 18 February 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Join a panel of artists, writers and curators for a dynamic discussion about their experiences and creative processes in developing their personal responses to the Sunbaker for this landmark photographic and photomedia exhibition. 

Curator's Talk: Under the sun

Wednesday 22 February 2017 - 6pm to 8pm

Join the Australian Centre for Photography curator of Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker for an in-depth look at the exhibition.

Starting Family Research at the State Library

Thursday 23 February 2017 - 10:30am to 12pm

Family history can reveal surprising and sometimes moving lost stories that enhance an individual's understanding of who they are.