About Us
Plan Your Visit

By Public Transport

The closest train stations are Martin Place (200 metres) and St James (450 metres). Ferries arrive into Circular Quay which is only a short walk away. The Sydney Explorer bus stops outside the Library on Macquarie Street.

By Car

The nearest parking station is Sydney Hospital, located on Hospital Road.

Plan your trop at TransportNSW.info

Support The Library

Your individual support is greatly needed to help us acquire, preserve and share digitally our unique collections, to host engaging exhibitions and events and to offer inspiring education programs.

Become a Custodian Patron

Join an annual giving program to support our collections. Custodian patrons help safeguard our collections for future generations.


Simple, painless registration process!

Comment on stories and articles and share your thoughts and discoveries with others.

A great way to give the Library your feedback on our stories, exhibitions and materials and be part of our thriving community.

Click here to join now!

Get a Library card

A Library card allows you to request books and other collection material, access eResources or book a study room.

You can also use the eResources remotely-anywhere, anytime-but you need to be a NSW resident.

If you have a NSW public library card, register your card for instant access to the Library's resources.

Click here to apply!

Looking For Something In Particular?

Search our main catalogues here.


Find books, magazines, maps and videos

Manuscripts & Pictures

Find manuscripts, oral histories and pictures


Find full-text articles, newspapers and images

Items In Your Language

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Learning At The Library

Schools & Teachers

Enjoy a wide range of learning programs and resources which promote engagement, creativity and intellectual growth. Curriculum linked resources for students and teachers available on site, on line and on tour around NSW.

Lifelong Learners

Discover an exciting range of courses, talks and workshops designed for learners of any age and stage of learning.

Kids & Families

Get ready for some holiday fun at the State Library. Join us for creative workshops, take a tour of the magical Mitchell building or watch a free movie on the big screen. Don't miss out on our exciting holiday programs - there's something for everyone!