Welcome to Jessie Street National Women’s Library

“To keep women’s words, women’s works alive and powerful”

— Ursula K Le Guin

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Jessie Street National Women’s Library is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. The Library was established in 1989 and is named after Jessie Street, a lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, the peace movement and the elimination of discrimination against Aboriginal people.

The Library’s charter is to collect, preserve and promote knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of all women; social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; international friendship and peace. Patrons are The Hon Quentin Bryce AD CVO; Elizabeth Evatt AC; Dr Beverley Kingston; The Hon Clover Moore Lord Mayor of Sydney; and Professor Emerita Elizabeth Webby AM.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide for the Australian community a specialist library which collects, preserves and promotes the awareness of the cultural heritage of Australian women, facilitating learning, research and communication.

Our Aims

  • To collect the published and unpublished materials which document the lives and experience of women of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds and of all socio-economic classes.
  • To ensure that documents relating to Australian women’s lives and activities are preserved and made accessible.
  • To highlight the contribution of Australian women to this country’s development.
  • To support the field of women’s history.

Lunch Hour Talk 16 March 2023

16 March Lunch Hour Talk Speaker: Dr Isobell Barrett Meyering Topic: Feminists: anti-mother and anti-child? When Australian women’s liberationists challenged prevailing expectations of female domesticity, they were accused of being anti-mother and anti-child. Dr...

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The Library has re-opened!

The Library has re-opened!

At long last, we can announce that we are back in the Library. We were pleased to find everything intact and no signs of damage. And a quieter air conditioning system! Our thanks to the City of Sydney. We have already commenced the task of getting everything back in...

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