PL Portal

A new online learning platform for NSW public library staff

person typing on a laptop with screen showing login screen for learning portal

PL Portal is a new online learning platform for NSW public library staff, developed by the Public Library Services team at the State Library of NSW.   The aim of the portal is to enable public library staff to develop an understanding of the collections and services of the State Library.

Who is the portal for?

Access to the PL Portal is for staff working in NSW public libraries. The training will suit all levels of staff including new public library staff and those seeking to refresh their knowledge.

What’s on PL Portal? 

The portal provides training for public library staff on a range of topics.  The platform includes interactive exercises such as quizzes, embedded videos and text. This supports a variety of learning styles. 

The training is divided into two different types: short courses and mini modules.

Short courses

These are self-paced courses covering a specific topic or service relating to NSW public libraries. Each course is structured in modules containing a variety of different content types (such as full-text content, videos, presentations, and interactive learning objects) as well as learning activities and assessment. They can vary in duration, with most courses being able to be completed in a few hours. Participants can complete the courses over more than one session. You can save your progress and return to complete the courses at any time.

There is currently one short training course on the portal - Discover SL: an introduction to the State Library of NSW. This interactive course is based on the very popular Connect Collect Community course. New courses will be added over time, including Find Legal Answers.

Mini modules

This is a collection of single modules on different subjects that can be accessed at any time. The aim of a mini module is to teach a skill or provide an overview about a topic in less than 15 minutes.

How to sign up

Access to the online learning portal is free and available to any NSW public library staff member via a simple sign-up process:

  1. Go to
  2. Select your library service from the list of organisations
  3. Enter the organisational password PLN2021
  4. You will be asked to create your own account with your email address as your username and a personal password
  5. Log in to your account to complete the training


Log in to PL Portal