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State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9273 1414
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Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 2 9273 1414
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The library on the ground floor is absolutely stunning, a huge space lined with 3 storeys of bookshelves accessed via a network of stairs and access ways. Upstairs are galleries which, when we were there, were showing a couple of very interesting photographic exhibitions.

Thank Dakles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is the library housed in a magnificent building but it is a brilliant resource for all NSW. A great place to research history as it contains a vast number of documents, images and records dating back to the beginning of Colonial rule. Entry...More

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent two full days in this library. The staff are invariably helpful, and the collection is well-organised and extensive. You don't need to be a Sydney resident or even and Australian citizen to join and use it.

1  Thank JamesRNZ
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

This is a great building, but what made this a superb visit was the free guided tour that was provided by Patrick. He was a very knowledgable guide, who had plenty of stories about the location. I believe the tour runs each day at 1030am....More

1  Thank nickss1
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The State Library of New South Wales is located in a great spot, near State Parliament House and the Botanic Gardens. It is the oldest library in Australia, having been established in 1826, in what was then, the colony of NSW. It is a terrific...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We visited the Shapespear Suite and also the main library. It was bnig and quiet and surely is condicive to study. Shakespeare's Room is a small and filled with the author's works. It is a lovely room with stained windows and carved ceiling.

1  Thank Dr_Bingcarlos
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Any book lover would be fascinated by the State Library of New South Wales. The library has an imposing entrance at Shakespeare Place. The high walls are lined with books across centuries. The reading rooms are well- equipped. The library staff are friendly and helpful.

1  Thank DeshmukhV
Reviewed 20 September 2017

Dashed in so my 13 yr old could get a proper look at Ned Kelly's real r armour. Some interesting areas but limited collection compared to the other museums. Awesome study and reading areas though.

Thank rogsimmons
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Very cool. The architecture is amazing. You also can sit at a desk for some quiet time. Plan on spending 2 hours here.

Thank rzsandoval
Reviewed 3 September 2017

It has a beautiful architecture and is very elegant, modern and functional library. They even hold art exhibitions regularly in this place but unfortunately, that section was shut down when I visited. They have physical newspapers from all over the world so you might just...More

Thank deepakgupta5
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with
energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise
buildings and after-work drink places, high-end
shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners
frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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30 October 2016|
Response from SLNSW | Property representative |
Dear Diana and Yarim, Thank you! We are happy to hear that you are enjoying the Library. You are welcome to sign up for a library card. You can do that online or on one of the PCs in the Library. This only takes a few... More