Jessie Street National Women's Library

library in Australia

The Jessie Street National Women's Library is a library which has books, music, photographs, and more about women's history in Australia. It is located in the city of Ultimo in New South Wales. It was founded in 1989 so that it would be easier to find books and sources about women, as sources about women's history are harder to find than other types of history.[1][2] It is named after Jessie Street, an Australian suffragette. People who donated money to start the library, called patrons, are Laurence Street, who is Jessie Street's son, Elizabeth Evatt, Judith Wright, and Oodgeroo Noonuccal. The library has a collection of books, papers, writings, recordings, and more, related to women's organizations, famous Australian women, and more.[2]

Jessie Street National Women's Library
LocationUltimo Community Centre, 523-525 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Items collectedbooks, journals, oral histories, sound and music recordings, archives, photographs, pamphlets and posters
Size10,000 books
132 archive collections
Access and use
Access requirementsOpen to the public for research and the lending collection is available to financial members.
WebsiteJessie Street National Women's Library


  1. Lake, Marilyn (1996). "Feminist history as national history: Writing the political history of women∗". Australian Historical Studies. 27 (106): 154–169. doi:10.1080/10314619608596005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jessie Street National Women's Library". Retrieved 10 May 2014.