Recorded events

Event series

Author Talks

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

Award announcements

The Library's vibrant awards program brings together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history.

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.

Comedies, Histories and Tragedies

A series of panel talks with some of Australia’s pre-eminent Shakespeare minds and artists discussing the Bard, his extraordinary body of work, and his creative influence throughout time.

Curator's Choice

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

Friends events

Enjoy highlights from the rich program of events for Friends of the Library members, including interviews with leading authors and fascinating curator talks.

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

 A First Nations speaker series hosted by the Library's Indigenous Engagement team.

More recorded events

Meet the winners of the National Biography Award 2023

Hear from the winners of the National Biography Award 2023, Ann-Marie Priest and Tom Patterson.

Ellen van Neerven: Personal Score

Award-winning author Ellen van Neerven discusses their highly anticipated new book, Personal Score, with ABC’s Sam Lewis.

Listen to Exploring Charles Rodius talk.

Curator David Hansen discusses the Library’s exhibition, Charles Rodius, with Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville.

Bodysnatchers with Suzie Lennox

Author Suzie Lennox explores the rise of body snatching in Georgian Britain.

A Foreign Country: The Platypus Journal and the Felon Press

This lecture discusses The Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science, and also considers the role of the free press, Indigenous people and women, as part of the emergence of a distinctive colonial print culture.

The Science of Us: Rethink addiction

Professor Dan Lubman AM discusses why people resist getting help for their addictions and how you or your loved ones can help overcome some of the barriers faced in getting professional support.


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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