What's On

Public programs and learning activities will be delivered onsite and online in 2021. See what's on here. 

portraits of five women

Join the discussion about amazing women from history who chose to challenge the status quo and overcame many obstacles to make a significant contribution to society.

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portraits of five women

Join the discussion about amazing women from history who chose to challenge the status quo and overcame many obstacles to make a significant contribution to society.

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Gaby A

Coming out in the 70s

28 November 2020 to 16 May 2021
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Gay and lesbian life went public in the 70s. Speaking up and standing out, gay men and women took to the streets proudly demanding to be seen, heard and accepted.  This exhibition tells their story.

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Photos1440

16 January 2021 to 25 April 2021
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Marking its 10th year, the Photos1440 exhibition returns to the Library with a look back over the past decade of key events and moments captured through the lens of Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

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Oil painting. Panoramic scene of a harbour.

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

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A woman and a man browsing miscellaneous objects in a display shelf.

The Collectors’ Gallery

3 July 2020 to 31 October 2021
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Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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In exciting news for history lovers and family historians the State Library of NSW has launched the Australian Joint Copying Project Research Guide.

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Sea Week 2021: Surviving Antarctica

Wednesday
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 2pm to 3pm
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Join us for a deep dive into the oceans and ice-scapes of Antarctica.

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An illustration of three people sitting on a stack of books

Researching your History Extension major Project

Wednesday
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Looking for resources to support your research for your History Extension major Project?

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Culture Up Late

Wednesday
Wednesday, 10 March 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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The First Fleet

Thursday
Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 2pm to 2:45pm
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Set sail on this virtual excursion to discover more about the First Fleet.

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Culture Up Late

Thursday
Thursday, 11 March 2021 - 5pm to 8pm
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The State Library of NSW is joining other major arts and cultural institutions for Culture Up Late, with extended opening hours from 5–8 pm every Wednesday and Thursday evening until 1 April 2021.

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Nicole Abadee

Join books writer and podcaster Nicole Abadee for a three-part literary series featuring some of Australia’s most acclaimed writers.

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