Between 10 pm Saturday, 11 July and 1 am Sunday, 12 July (AEST) access to the Manuscripts, Oral History and Pictures catalogue and the viewing of digitised items will be temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The Library's reading rooms are open. Before you visit, please read Visiting the Library. 

Advice and best practice

The State Library's Public Library Services team provides specialist advice and support to all local councils providing public library services to the people of NSW.

Library buildings and spaces

Public Library buildings continue to change and develop. The State Library can provide you with assistance when you are planning library buildings, mobile and outreach spaces.

Public library statistics

The State Library collects comprehensive statistics from councils annually about their library services

Reference and collection management

Information on reference, information services, local studies and collections for NSW public libraries.

Digital practice guidelines for public libraries

Information and resources for best digital practice for Public Libraries.