The Library's reading rooms are open. Before you visit, please read Visiting the Library.
Get a Library card
While the Library is temporarily closed
You will receive your Library card number via email (next business day). We will then post the card to you at a later date.
Non NSW residents, as online resources are only available to you within the Library, you will need to collect your Library card in person when we reopen.
SL public library membership
If you are a member of a participating New South Wales public library, you can register with the State Library of New South Wales for instant access to the Library's eresources. All you need is your public library card!
You can use most of the Library’s eresources including ebooks from anywhere, anytime with a SL public library membership.
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With your Library card you can access a range of multicultural resources online.
PressReader is a service which allows anyone who lives in NSW to read newspapers in their own language at home. Over 5,000 international newspapers and magazines from more than 100 countries in 60 languages are available.
Read more about PressReader
The State Library subscribes to IELTS to assist you in improving your English language skills or prepare for the International English Language test.
Oxford language dictionaries online
Online dictionaries for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
- Legal information in community languages
- Drug and alcohol information in community languages
- Essential government information in community languages