The Library of Firsts explores the collection at the State Library of New South Wales. It aims to take you on a journey through the collections held at the library through collaging the narrative behind each of the objects. The book contains 27 “firsts” from the library collections, and is accompanied by supporting postcards and gifs that could be used in an online space.
These “firsts” are something anyone can all relate to; like a first kiss or a first trip overseas. Using the classification system of “firsts” has made it possible to take a slice out of the collections, providing a taster of the amazing objects the library holds within its collections.
One of the aims of the project was to begin to shake the dust off some of the more bizarre objects in the library and to use these to reveal some of the amazing narratives within. So without further ado, come take your first step into the library!