All National Library reading rooms will be closed on the Anzac Day public holidays, Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April. The exhibition galleries and Bookshop will be open from 9am to 5pm, and Bookplate cafe will be open from 9am to 3pm. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday 27 April. See our public holiday opening hours for more information.

Introductory Activities

The National Library contains a beautiful collection of The School Magazine. Published by the New South Wales Department of Education continually since 1916, it claims to be ‘Australia’s most-loved and longest-running literary publication for children’.

With 1,170 editions (between February 1916 and November 1949) digitised and available online, teachers and students can explore the world of literature through the many topics covered in the stories and other presentations throughout.

To introduce a unit of work on literature, browse the collection School Magazine issues with students to find early to mid-20th century examples of short stories, rhyming verse, poetry and non-fiction written for young people.