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Research Projects

The State Library works with NSW public libraries on a program that supports the promotion, planning and development  of research relevant to the library sector.

Mobile Libraries and Outreach Service Models in NSW Public Libraries

This report identifies the range and scope of NSW public library mobile and outreach service models, exploring the strengths, weaknesses, benefits and opportunities and provides good practice guidelines for outreach services.

Regional Library Models Project

This project explores and recommends regional management models for NSW public libraries in relation to s12 of the Library Act 1939.

Building on the Bookends Scenarios

This report tracks how NSW public libraries have been travelling along the pathways developed in The Bookends Scenarios and presents a series of strategic options that libraries could implement in order be innovative, sustainable and resilient in the future.

NSW Public libraries local studies audit

This project will develop a shared local history strategy for NSW public libraries and the State Library.