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State Library of New South Wales

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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9273 1414
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
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The State Library of New South Wales is a large reference and research library open to the public. It is the oldest library in Australia, being the first established in New South... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The State Library of New South Wales is a large reference and research library open to the public. It is the oldest library in Australia, being the first established in New South Wales in 1826. Today was Tuesday I was told and the Shakespeare Room was open. The rare manuscripts they have only come out under arm guards on his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a rainy day when we were in town so our stop in the majestic building was a real break from the weather. Just a quick tour of the area should dazzle you even if you're not a reader!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We dropped by to see what exhibitions were on and ended up seeing the wonderful Mae Gibbs exhibition and also an excellent gardens exhibition called Planting Dreams. A browse through the exhibitions and some time doing some casual reading in the beautiful reading room was a wonderful way to wile away a morning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The State Library of New South Wales has regular exhibitions showcasing the history and literature from the rich collections. There is also a wonderful shop and free internet access if you need it. The Mitchell Library is an amazing old building with many interesting architectural and decorative features.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Brought my sister and brother-in-law here on Australia day. No exhibitions open but just looking at the Mitchell wing is an artwork in itself. See photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mitchell room is special with lovely stain glass windows and light streaming in. It is free to enter though you need to be quiet as people do study/read in this room. The Shakespeare Room is not open often so check the website. Free tours run during the week. There was a May Gibbs exhibition on and also some original... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place! Beautiful building, there's a nice shop and cafe inside too. It's big, lot's of room and on the second floor there are always free exhibitions.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Trim the cat sculpture on the library window sill I l enjoy walking into the State Library of NSW and looking at the intricate entrance floor panel. Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs is the new exhibition on the first floor and well worth a visit. I spend a couple of fascinating hours looking at the videos and photographs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a teacher librarian I love visiting this beautiful library. There is always something different to see. Today it was the May Gibbs exhibition. It was worth the visit. Even the lift doors had her illustrations on them. The cool air conditioning is a welcome relief from the heat of outside. The reading room was really quiet which is good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The State Library is a wonderful building. The Mitchell Library is stunning, and you can view it from from the exhibition rooms. The May Gibbs display, while only small, was nice, and it was great to see a few of the original illustrations on display. Definitely worth a visit just to see the beautiful architecture alone.

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