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Events online

    Event series

    Author Talks

    The Library’s author talks are enlightening, funny, sad, controversial, joyous, heartwarming and are always entertaining.

    The B List bookclub

    Each month, Bri is in conversation with a contemporary author followed by a Q&A session. View all past recordings of the B List here.

    Curator's Choice

    Our Curators discuss the Library’s amazing collections and share their favourite stories.

    Lifelong Learning

    Discover an exciting range of courses, talks and workshops designed for learners of any age and stage of learning.

    Scholar Talks

    Scholar Talks showcase the work of the Library's Fellows and other researchers.

    Talking Deadly with Travis De Vries

    Artists respond to the 250th anniversary of Cook’s arrival in Kamay (Botany Bay) from a First Nations perspective.

    Featured past events

    ACHRC: What price the humanities?

    2 December 2020

    Professor Mark Ledbury will argue that ‘running the numbers’, is both an effective and a necessary method to demonstrate why all societies should prize and preserve the humanities research and education.

    National Biography Awards shortlist announcement 2020

    9 July 2020

    Join us online as we announce the shortlist for the 2020 National Biography Award which recognises excellence in biography, autobiography and memoir writing.

    World Book Day: Hits & Misses

    On World Book Day, five passionate readers and writers shared their favourite and least favourite reads.

    World Press Photo with Rhett & Ella

    Rhett and Ella travelled the country to capture fresh perspectives on the summer bushfires, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Closing the Gap strategy.


    The Gatherings Order

    Rake through our archives with historians, public health experts and scientists to trace the path of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. 

    The Burial Files

    Stream (or binge!) all nine episodes of The Burial Files now for a journey back to 19th century Sydney, and rediscover a place you thought you knew.

    The Bridge: the Arch that Cut the Sky

    A fascinating five-part series retracing the tumultuous history of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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    All the latest exhibitions and events.