About the Library

World-leading Library

The State Library of NSW is one of the great libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Its renowned historical and contemporary collections, comprising more than six million items, hold the growing memory of our state and nation.

History of the Library

The State Library began as a small subscription library in the 1820s for colonials who were desperate to read books.

Strategic Plan

​A world leading library, the State Library informs, educates, inspires and surprises online, onsite and on tour.

The Foundation

The Foundation is the principal fundraising body for the State Library of NSW.


Here you'll find the Library's  Annual Reports, SL magazine, staff papers and legal publication Hot Topics.

Media Centre

Find the State Library's latest media releases, download publicity images, view expert profiles and request an interview or film shoot.


Information about current tender opportunities

Jobs at the State Library

Find out the latest job opportunities at the State Library

Our Cultural Partners

Learn about our cultural institution partners.

Awards & fellowships


The Library’s vibrant awards program continues to bring together writers and readers to celebrate and promote excellence in literature and history.

Fellows and Residents

The Library offers a number of prestigious and competitive fellowships to support the study, writing and teaching of Australian history and culture.

Using the Library

Legislation and policies

The Library's policies inform our services and programs, and provide guidelines on practical matters such as accessing the collections, copyright and photocopying.

Access & Inclusion

The Library is for people of all abilities to access and engage with its facilities and services.