Prepared by Elizabeth Heffernan, RAHS Volunteer
“A little library, growing larger every year, is an honourable part of… history… A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessaries of life.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 and renamed Library and Information Week in 2000. It is held annually during the last week of May to encourage communities to recognise the invaluable contributions libraries make towards Australian education, society, and history. This year’s theme is “Truth, Integrity, Knowledge”, three ideals upheld by qualified library staff and libraries across the country.
The RAHS is delighted to share several items from our library in honour of this year’s Library and Information Week. Since its founding in 1901, our C.H. Bertie and Hugh Wright Memorial Library has collected over 60 000 items on Australian history. These include rare books, journals, manuscripts, press clippings, photographs, glass slides, and more. The collection is still growing today and open to members for free and to the public for a small fee.
Over the next six days of LIW, we will be sharing past excerpts from Dewey News, a section of our quarterly HISTORY magazine that highlights items from our collection. Check back in every day to discover stories of colonial Sydney, twentieth century tourism, World War I heroism, and even overdue library fines from the Federation era! And make sure you visit your local library before the week’s end.
Want to book a visit to our library or find out more about the collection? Please call RAHS librarian Donna Newton on (02) 9247 8001, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit an Ask a Librarian form on our website. Opening hours are weekdays 10am – 4pm, excluding public holidays and the Christmas to New Year period.
For more information on Library and Information Week, head to the Australian Library and Information Association website and follow the hashtag #LIW2019 on social media.