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Public Library Services

The State Library's Public Library Services team provides specialist advice and support to all local councils providing public library services to the people of NSW.

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PL Portal

An online learning platform for NSW public library staff

People Places

A guide for planning public library buildings.

COVID-19 information for NSW public libraries

Information to assist libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 research

Research into how NSW public libraries have adapted to a global pandemic.

Find a public library in NSW

List of all the public libraries in NSW and where to find them.

Public library statistics

The State Library collects comprehensive statistics from councils annually about their library services

Tech Savvy Seniors

Information about Tech Savvy Seniors for NSW public libraries

Social media campaigns

Find social media campaigns to promote services to your community.

Public Library Services eNews

Keep in touch with what's happening in Public Library Services.

In the Libraries enewsletter

Keep in touch with what's happening in NSW public libraries through our In the Libraries enewsletter.


Public libraries: 30 years of providing legal information to the community

Thursday 9 December 2021

On 10 December 1991, Albury City Library launched the first Legal Information Access Centre in a NSW public library. 

Let's talk scams during Scams Awareness Week

Thursday 28 October 2021

Scams Awareness Week will take place from 8 to 12 November 2021. The theme for the week is Let’s talk scams.

Law Week 2021

Monday 3 May 2021

This year's Law Week is being held from 17-23 May

Drug Info training portal available online

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Drug Info's new online learning course now available

Youth Week and Seniors Festival 2021

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Youth Week and the Seniors Festival are both being held in April this year.

Services for public libraries

Drug Info for public libraries

Find up-to-date information about alcohol and drugs in public libraries and online.  Drug Info is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the State Library of New South Wales.

Find Legal Answers for public libraries

Find Legal Answers provides free access to legal information online and in NSW public libraries. 

Multicultural services for public libraries

The State Library Public Library Services branch provides a range of services and resources to assist public libraries with multicultural services to their culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. helps libraries and councils with faster, easier and more cost effective access for their communities to the digital world.