Learning at the library

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School students & teachers

Classroom ready, curriculum-linked learning programs and resources promoting engagement, creativity and intellectual growth.




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Featured activities

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Onsite excursion
Stories and surprises

Engage with intriguing collection items and enjoy the magic of stories at the BIG Library.

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Virtual excursion
Gallipoli: in their words

Students will explore diaries written by soldiers at Gallipoli to gain an understanding of the nature of warfare and everyday life on the peninsula.

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Onsite excursion
Creative writing adventures

For generations writers have visited the State Library in search of inspiration for their work. Come in and discover your own inspiration!

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Learning activity
Journey of the First Fleet

Students use images and written sources to investigate the journey of the First Fleet and the experiences of people on board.

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Featured activities

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Book Lovers Club

Our NEW book-loving community for enthusiastic young readers!

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Young Writers Club

Are you a storyteller?  An aspiring author? If you have answered ‘YES!’ to these questions, then our Young Writers Club is for YOU!

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Art Club

Join us for more exciting and inspiring art adventures based on Library collections, and develop new skills to apply to your own artmaking.

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Storytime online

Featuring some of Australia’s greatest picture book authors and illustrators, these monthly virtual sessions are the perfect way to bring your favourite authors into your lounge rooms, classrooms and early learning centres.  

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Explore more learning opportunities

Work and employment
Tertiary student groups

Free research orientation, self-guided programs, and tailored sessions for coursework or research degree help.

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Lifelong learners

An exciting range of courses, talks and workshops for people of any age and stage of learning. 

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Professional learning

Develop your knowledge and skills with our teacher professional learning programs. Workshops are available online, onsite and around NSW.