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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a massive building with nice neoclassic style architecture. The vestibule is nice and has an impressive map that describes Abel Tasman's trips. The doors are very nice. They depict aboriginal scenes. It closes at 800 pm on week days. There are free tours...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Library is impressive inside and out. There are many exhibitions on at the same time and you are sure to find something to your taste.

Thank EJCBodrum
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the online-world bringing everything to our screens, it seem libraries have tone out of fashion. But those who miss the State Library of NSW mis A LOT: fascinating, complex place, impressive architecturally, the NSW State Library offers both an experience and a feeling not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quiet reading/computer room on the lower ground floor and a grand reading room.Its a lovely place to spend a few hours if you're having a big tourist day in the heat of summer. There are often interesting exhibitions on the first floor. The cafe in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In addition to the books and halls, there are some great exhibits, all free, on Australian history and nature.

Thank tavakolian
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids were really excited to see 'THE STATE LIBRARY!'. We were probably not informed enough to know that this is not a kid-friendly attraction. The staff were lovely but the facility just isn't made for kids! The most significant observation from our young kids...More

Thank Jodi M
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SLNSW, other at State Library of New South Wales, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jodi, Very sorry you didn't enjoy your trip to the State Library. We know at the moment our activities for kids aren't centrally located and so it's not always obvious what you can do with them in the Library. We are building a new...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A very beautiful library that was closed to our residing place..I would go and read their..Grand and beautiful and is located near to the botanical garden..

Thank mg7188
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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

We went into the library primarily to see a photo exhibition, which was excellent. There were other exhibits we walked through as well, including a very nice one of old botanical illustrations. But the stunner here is the magnificent reading room, which still has a...More

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Reviewed 12 January 2018

This is the most beautiful library I've ever been. In a grand and elegant building, rich research materials and spacious environment are available for visitors. Very worth visiting.

Thank Leon L
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

There were two photo exhibitions which we enjoyed. Otherwise the staff (in the cafe and in the library) were offhand and we didn't feel welcome.

Thank Stjerne1
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DianaDelpino
30 October 2016|
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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
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