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State Library of New South Wales

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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9273 1414
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Wish we had had time.

The architecture is breathtaking. The main floor library room is awesome. Wall to wall books, gorgeous woodwork, mezzanine level accessed by ladder is so enticing. I wanted to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Carol W
Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The architecture is breathtaking. The main floor library room is awesome. Wall to wall books, gorgeous woodwork, mezzanine level accessed by ladder is so enticing. I wanted to stay and explore. They have several special showings right now. Unfortunately we never got back. But boy, the library will be high on my list during our next trip.

Thank Carol W
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The State Library of NSW is interesting for those who are interested in researching NSW's history. It provides a number of resources for researching NSW and also family heritage.

Thank Bruce J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must go for tourists. There is an event from time to time which interest people from range of ages and different backgrounds. Free internet available. Friendly people around and helpful. Don't forget to try the cafeteria with very nice coffee. When you're done you can continue at the back where art gallery of NSW is as well as the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a member of this library and spend a few hours here every week. I recommend the place highly for tourists as a free stop over where you can sit and relax with a coffee before checking out the current exhibition upstairs, pick up a new book or souvenir at the gift shop or simply wandering around the various areas... More 

Thank Christopher L
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Libraries are great places to visit when traveling, so was this one. Stumbled upon a free exposition of Sydney's local photographer Tony Mott, Australia’s leading rock photographer. Returned after that first visit to use the internet at the libraries working stations.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The inside and outside of this building is something to spend time looking at, even if aren't looking for a book. Wonderful architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were so lucky to visit the library whilst the exhibition of rock photography celebrating the career of Tony Mott was on display (until early Feb 2016) as the pictures and film footage are fantastic. The library is well worth visiting without this. Highlights are the vestibule (the mosaic on the floor) and the Mitchell Library Reading Room, including the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I feel like the way I discovered the State Library sounds like the meet-cute from a romcom. I was caught in a terrible rainstorm and about to have a meltdown of my own because my feet were soaked and my umbrella was flipped inside out. Desperately looking for shelter, I literally stumbled upon the State Library. Now, admittedly, I am... More 

Thank Mary C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing sandstone building over several levels, there is more than just books on offer. Theres currently an amazing photo exhibition of bands and artists such as david bowie, kiss, pearl jam and many others. A great place to explore.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What to do in Sydney on a stormy day? Visit the State Library of New South Wales. There are always interesting exhibitions, a bustling cafe and an excellent bookshop that stocks so many wonderful Australian books and other interesting things. The exhibitions vary and cater to many different tastes. I enjoyed 'What a Life: Rock Photography by Tony Mott', 'Field... More 

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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 or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.