State Library of NSW

100 Years


Discover the history, staff and surprises from the collection of one of Australia’s greatest libraries.

The Mitchell Library’s history is as rich and as interesting as the objects in its collections.

In the coming months we’ll showcase items which have been collected over the past 100 years.

We’ll continue to reveal some of the historic images and archival footage that tell the stories of both the Library and our nation, and put the spotlight on some of our staff and the collections they manage.

Right now …

Meet Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville, who discusses David Scott Mitchell's great cultural legacy.

Visit ‘Explore our Stories’ to see some of the treasures revealed from our archives: Sydney in the 60s; the stories of the men who built Australia’s most iconic, Sydney Harbour bridge; and an entertaining introduction to the Mitchell Library as it was in the 1950s.