State Library of NSW

The State Library of NSW collects and preserves materials and evidence relating to our place in the world and makes them accessible to everyone in New South Wales and beyond. The Library exists in order to support and encourage research, debate, conversation, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. We welcome all people and strive to serve them all equally well, whether they visit us in person on Macquarie Street, online, or through their local public library.

The State Library of NSW is one of the great libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Since then, it has been collecting all kinds of materials that help tell the rich and diverse story of NSW and Australia.

There are more than six million items in the Library’s collection, including books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, paintings, architectural plans, objects and digital content. New materials are added every day, so that future generations will know their history.

Almost one million people walk through the Library’s doors each year to think, meet and work in its inspiring spaces. They use the collection, explore the galleries and enjoy cultural and learning programs. Many more visit the Library online to search for materials, view digitised works, and read stories.

In the community, the State Library works in partnership with public libraries to support and improve their services for the people of NSW. The Library also partners with Indigenous communities to enrich the Library’s collections with their knowledge, events and stories, and to share community language material in culturally appropriate ways.

Outreach programs delivered across the state, especially in regional areas, make it possible for everyone to experience significant Australian artefacts and records in their schools, libraries and community centres.

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