Newsflash:

The Library will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on the Queen's Birthday public holiday, Monday 14 June, 2021. More details here

What's On

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

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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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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woman next to painting

Would you like to become more creative in 2021? Join Andrea, our art educator for a series of four online workshops.

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The Russell Prize for humour writing banner 2021

You’re invited to the announcement of the inaugural award for humour writing for young people. 

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 subdivision plan that features the Library

Scholar Talks at Six: Ptolemy and the heretic

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 6pm to 7pm
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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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performance image of Vashti Hughes

Dictionary by a Bitch

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 7pm to 8pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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Russell Prize for Humour writing logo

2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing

Thursday
Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 7pm to 8:30pm
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Join us for an evening of laughs with the shortlisted authors as we announce the winners of the 2021 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.

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Maggie Patton in the stacks

Curator Tour: Behind the Scenes

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 2pm to 3pm
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Our curators will lead you through the hidden spaces that house all sorts of fascinating items, with stories to match.

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performance image of Vashti Hughes

Dictionary by a Bitch

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 2pm to 3pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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performance image of Vashti Hughes

Dictionary by a Bitch

Saturday
Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 7pm to 8pm
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One-woman show that explores some lesser-known stories of Bee Miles, an eccentric, bohemian rebel who helped define the character of Sydney.

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