Leave a bequest

Protect the future of the State Library.

A gift in your Will, no matter what size, will make a difference to the work of the Library.

We use bequests to acquire, conserve and share our collections, offer free exhibitions and services, and run educational programs and fellowships.

Hear the personal stories of four of our wonderful donors below.

 

Still capture from video: Stories that endure beyond me: In conversation with Sam Meers “Stories that endure beyond me”
In conversation with Sam Meers AO.
“It’s the history of Australia.”
In conversation with Rob Conolly.

“A heart and soul here.”
In conversation with Rachel Blazey-Hill.
“My lovely, big Library.”
In conversation with Pauline Conolly.
Please note: This film contains images and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are deceased.

How to leave a bequest

All bequests to the Library are welcome and are managed through our philanthropy arm - the State Library of NSW Foundation. Your bequest can take a variety of forms including a residual gift, a percentage of your estate or a specific amount or assets such as shares, property or a book collection or work of art.

Please see the examples below of suggested wording for different types of bequests. We recommend you speak to a solicitor about your intentions regarding making a bequest.

Family at the water's edge on a beach.
Leave us the residue of your estate. This is called a ‘residual bequest’.

“I give and bequeath to the State Library of New South Wales Foundation (ABN 76 343 150 267), of Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, the residue of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

Leave us a percentage of your estate.

“I give and bequeath to the State Library of New South Wales Foundation (ABN 76 343 150 267), of Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (the desired percentage) of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

Leave us a specific amount or asset.

“I give and bequeath to the State Library of New South Wales Foundation (ABN 76 343 150 267), of Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, the sum of $(amount) to be used for its general purposes.”

If your gift includes materials intended for the Library’s collection, please consult with us to determine whether it fulfils the Library’s collection development policy.

If you would like to personally discuss your planned gift or learn more about our bequest program please contact our Director of the State Library of NSW Foundation  on 02 92731529 or email foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au

Further information

Download our brochure Bequests to the State Library of NSW (PDF)

What is the Library Circle?

The Library Circle honours the important role that benefactors play in the development of the Library during their lifetime.

The Circle comprises a group of supporters who have publicly pledged a gift in their will to the Library. They share a close relationship with the Library and benefit from exclusive events including an annual recognition event at the end of the year.

If you have notified us of your intention to leave a gift in your will we are delighted to invite you to become a member of the Library Circle.

For further information please contact our Director of the State Library Foundation on 02 9273 1529 or email foundation@sl.nsw.gov.au