About the Jill Sherlock Memorial Learning Assistance Library

The library provides services across NSW. We are committed to providing quality, authoritative and effective resources for students requiring additional assistance with learning.

The Jill Sherlock Memorial Learning Assistance Library is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education and The Jill Sherlock Memorial Trust. We provide an extensive range of educational and curriculum resources to meet the learning and support needs of students with disability, from preschool to Year 12.

Focus areas

The range of resources available is comprehensive and includes:

  • literacy and numeracy
  • differentiation and adjustments
  • student wellbeing
  • social skills and communication
  • home and school partnerships.

Resources available

Materials and equipment in a wide variety of formats are available for K-12 teachers, allied professionals, parents and carers, including:

  • teaching and learning materials
  • professional reading
  • high interest, low readability books
  • eBooks and audiobooks
  • educational games.


Jill Sherlock was a talented and respected support teacher who worked in schools in the western suburbs of Sydney. Jill died in 1990 at the age of 35.

Following her death, Jill's family approached the department expressing the wish to establish a tangible memorial to her work in the area of learning difficulties. The concept of a specialist resource library was developed by Ross Lang (DET) in consultation with the Sherlock family. The Jill Sherlock Memorial Learning Assistance Library was officially opened on 25 October 1993.

The library also works in partnership with the NSW Centre for Effective Reading by providing specialist teaching and learning materials to professionals and families supporting children with reading difficulties.


  • School operations

Business Unit:

  • Curriculum and Reform
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