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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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the State Library for seminars, exhibitions, study, the shop, lunch - the staff are sensational - helpful and cheerful. Highly recommend - keep an eye open for the exhibitions- constantly changing.

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you love large public libraries, with some history of Sydney you will love this library. Interesting changing exhibitions

Thank Rainbow T
Reviewed 12 August 2017

What an amazing building, it is imposing and architecturally stunning from the street but wait until you get inside. The library still functions as a library, literally at least a couple hundred people focused with their heads down in books. This was meant to be...More

Thank Nunngo
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We walked in thinking it was a 'museum' style library. To our delight, it's a true, functioning, and widely used library. On the upper floor, it's an old-time looking library with card-catalogs (remember those?) . Downstairs, there's a more contemporary type library with computers, etc....More

Thank mooremn
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Great place, for browsing, studying. I like visiting libraries in different countries. Great service for Sydney people.

Thank oleg125r
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A well laid out library. Used by residents, students but also by visitors as there is a wealth of information available and help from the staff. We went on a guided tour which is free but only runs at certain times of day. Best to...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Housed in an exquisite heritage building the State Library is a true treasure for the city, the state and the nation. Its collections and services are brilliant and staff incredibly helpful. You need to look at what they offer online too!

Thank leylyndall
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Currently undergoing renovations, this was still worth having a poke around. It was jam-packed with people like I've never seen any other Australian state library. The Shakespeare Street entrance is enough to leave you breathless, but walking through the underground corridor to the Macquarie Street...More

Thank Biannca C
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