State Library NSW

The State Library of NSW is one of the great libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Everyone is welcome at the Library – our inspiring spaces, rich collections, galleries, and cultural and learning programs are open to all.  

Join the Club

We have afterschool online clubs for enthusiastic young writers, readers and artists. Join the club now.

School programs

Our FREE virtual excursions make it possible to engage with the State Library irrespective of where you live. Choose from our permanent programs for Primary or Secondary students and look out for new programs and special events.

Check out our programs for primary school students here.

Check out our programs for secondary school students here.

State Library NSWVirtual Excursions Contact: Andrea Stugeon

Phone: (02) 9273 1538

Fax: (02) 9273 1269



Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

Description: All great stories lead back to us….

With its extensive collection of over five million items, the internationally renowned State Library of NSW aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the documentary heritage of NSW. The State Library is a powerful storyteller, revealing the treasures that speak to the history of our state and nation. The Library is committed to connecting our unique resources and collections with teachers and students across Australia and the globe, through a range of programs which inspire engagement, creativity and intellectual growth.

Our virtual excursions have ranged from British Colonisation and the First Fleet to poetry workshops with leading authors and educators, from clay sculpting inspired by portraits from the goldfields to HSC research using the library’s online databases, and anything in between! All school virtual excursions link back to our magnificent collections, and to the curriculum. We also offer professional learning sessions for teachers, to encourage them to utilize the extensive online resources that are available on the State Library of NSW website.

The State Library continues to surprise, and awaits further discovery. We look forward to welcoming you to the State Library of NSW through a virtual excursion, and exploring some of our treasures with you and your students.

Booking Instructions: To book any of our programs, just complete the online form. We will send pre-excursion information via email after you have booked.

Cancellation Policy: Please notify us of any cancellation at least 48 hours beforehand, to enable another school to fill your place.