Displays and Exhibitions

Keep an eye out next time you're in the library for our changing displays, exhibitions and noticeboards.

We have a Library Display Facilities policy PDF, 45.38 KB that explains how we choose and manage displays in our libraries.

Most of our libraries have display cabinets that are regularly updated with new items. Collectables, crafts, art, historical materials and pop culture items are just some of the fascinating displays you'll find in our display cabinets.

We also often host displays about current issues or events.

Got an idea for a cabinet display? Talk to staff at your nearest library.

From time to time our libraries host temporary exhibitions of artworks, community information and historical material.

Wollongong Library has a revolving art display on Level 1, often with a range of historical images on display. We also have freestanding display boards that can be used for exhibitions.

IAVA: Visual Reference #2: 15 July - 1 December 2023

After the successful exhibition in the Five Islands Exhibition Space earlier in 2023, the Illawarra Association for Visual Arts (IAVA) are pleased to return with a new display. Featuring artwork from Mary Wingrove, Lilybeth Mayhew, Moira Kirkwood and more, the artwork will be on display on Level 1 of the library during opening hours.

Illawarra Families: 31 July - 30 September 2023

The Local Studies team are celebrating Family History Month by showcasing the range of families that have lived in the Illawarra over the last century. Come view the exhibition on Level 1 of Wollongong Library from 31 July in the Lab - or online via Illawarra Stories.

Each of our libraries has a community noticeboard where you can find out about local activities and services.

We include notices about library and Council activities on these boards. Local community and non-profit groups are also welcome to provide items to be added to our noticeboards.

Please see library staff if you'd like something posted on our noticeboards. You can also read our Library Display Facilities policy PDF, 45.38 KB for details about what types of notices are accepted.

The Local Studies team have curated a number of exhibitions that are available to be viewed online at any time.

Cycling in the Illawarra

To celebrate Wollongong hosting the UCI 2022 Road World Championships, Wollongong Library is holding an exhibition of photographs showing off Illawarra's history of cycling! From penny farthing bicycles, to updated electric models, explore this great collection of historical snapshots selected from Illawarra Images.

To view the online exhibition, visit Illawarra Stories.

WWW: Weird, Wonderful, Wollongong

A Wollongong City Libraries online photographic exhibition for Australian Heritage Week 2022.

This exhibition showcases the wonderful and at times weird side of life in the city of Wollongong. It highlights the sense of fun of the locals and their willingness to try anythingThe photographs have been selected from the Illawarra Images Collection of Wollongong City Libraries.

To view the online exhibition, please visit Illawarra Stories.

Steelworks - the backbone

Illawarra Stories hosts online photo exhibition Steelworks - the backbone. The exhibition showcases the Wollongong steel industry from its inception in the 1920’s through to the present day. The photographs have been selected from the Illawarra Images Collection of Wollongong City Libraries as part of History Week: From the Ground Up 2021.