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 chose 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's 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.

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.

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.

This exhibition showcases the artworks of local Aboriginal artists in venues across the Illawarra. Visit Wollongong Library during opening hours. The exhibition will be available between Friday 11 March - Sunday 27 March, 2022.

The Aboriginal Art Trail is designed to highlight Aboriginal artists in the local area by showcasing their works. The artists work in a range of mediums including acrylic on canvas, ceramics, textiles, bangalow leaves, etchings and drawings.

The Trail will show that Aboriginal culture is a living and vibrant culture and has been sustained for thousands of years along the beautiful Illawarra coast. Learn more on Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation's website.

In 1942, 95 Aboriginal children from a mission station, along with their 3 cottage mothers, escaped the threat of Japanese invasion. Travelling from Croker Island NT by foot, boat, canoe, truck and train, the children arrived in Otford. There, they lived at the Methodist Conference Centre and attended local schools until 1946.

The exhibition is currently running at Wollongong Library until 28 February, 2022. No booking necessary, visit during library hours. 38 photographs from this important time in local history are now available to view. The exhibition is curated by our Local Studies team and provided by the State Library of NSW and the Helensburgh Historical Society.

Image credit: State Library of NSW. For more information please contact Wollongong Library on (02) 4227 7414.