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Monday, Thursday and Friday
10 to 11.30am
Up to 30 learners
Meeting point
Ground floor glass foyer
Free, bookings essential
Supervision ratios
1:15 Years 8 to 12

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About the presenter
Education Librarian
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 8207 7239

The program will introduce students to the State Library's services, resources and collections. It will include a tour of Mortlock Wing (where possible), a demonstration of the library's catalogue and, if requested, alert them to our databases. A walk around the library will familiarise learners with the spaces and layout and will include a focus on any area or service you highlight when you book.

What to expect

  • An orientation to the State Library's spaces, services and resources.
  • An introduction to searching the State Library's catalogue.
  • An overview of quality eResources, including free home access.
  • Tips for navigating our extensive online photograph collections.
  • A special behind the scenes tour of the basement to view historic materials.

Any of the elements above can be emphasised to suit your learners.

options for the program

The following additional options are available, make your selection when booking:

What do the programs cost?
  • All State Library education programs are provided free of charge.
  • All equipment and materials costs are covered by the State Library.
What pre-visit information will we receive?
  • An email will be sent to the booking contact person to be distributed to all the attending teachers and adults. This will include all pre-visit information relevant to the booked program.
  • Some early years or primary programs will also receive a posted invitation addressed to the children.
What happens on arrival?
  • Arrive prior to the start of the program, so that students can eat and access toilet facilities located on the ground floor behind the lift.
  • If the weather is inclement a shelter area is located on the eastern side of the building between the State Library and the Museum’s armoury building.
  • A staff member will meet your group near the main entrance.
What should we bring to an education program?
  • Medication may be carried by the adult supervisor in a backpack.
  • Please arrange name tags for early years and primary students.
  • Devices are provided by the State Library, but we encourage senior secondary students to BYO devices.
  • Students who wish to join the State Library and receive a library card need to do so before visiting the library and request the card to be mailed to them.
  • Students wishing to access photocopying services will need to bring money.
  • Storage is available to accommodate school bags or food/drink crates.
Do you have teacher tips for visiting the State Library for research?
  • Discuss research topics with your students and the types of resources that might be useful.
  • Students may wish to access a Library Guide relevant to research topics.
  • Involve the school librarian in your students' research projects.
  • Allocate sufficient time at the State Library for your research.
  • Some collection items are in storage but you can request an item to be retrieved from storage via the catalogue before your visit. Find out more about the retrieval service.
  • If you are intending to stay to use the resources after your program, you will need to book electronic database computers for your students to use.


Term 1 – 29 January to 12 April

Term 2 - April 29 to July 5

Term 3 - 22 July to 27 September