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State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
61 2 9273 1414
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Ranked #54 of 297 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I adore this place - mostly because it's free! You don't have to have an agenda when you visit the state library. They have the most amazingly interesting exhibitions, where you can just wander around at your leisure (if it's a day when noisy school kids aren't there, which can be a bit of a bummer), but I don't knock... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The beautiful old NSW library was a terrific place to visit, but it always felt crowded. The new addition provides a better auditorium, a cafe, and a charming book and gift shop.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We attend an exhibition called "Life interrupted" a very moving experience - reading all the letters from soldiers to their families. Well displayed and set out.

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canberra australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Apart from the grandeur and splendour of the library itself, this exhibition of WW1 using diary excerpts is hauntingly memorable and well worth going to see. From the minutiae of every day conversations, to the horrors experienced, all from the large collection of diaries, it is a fascinating and poignant reminder of interrupted lives. The copies if the newspapers are... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I might be a bit biased being a librarian but it's an amazing building with great spaces and collections. The exhibitions are really good and best of all it's all free!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went to state library on a Sunday, it's the first visit after >15 yrs ago. The library is a mixed of old and modern features. Just to have a look at the building itself worth a visit. Can have a coffee in the café. Will go there again to explore further.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The State Library is one of my favourite haunts when I need an art fix; holding numerous and varied temporary art exhibitions. The space is inviting and open; and it's compact size means I never feel overwhelmed. Perhaps most appealing is that I don't recall ever having to pay to view any of the exhibitions; meaning it's accessible to everyone... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My favourite part of the library is outside - the statue of Trim the cat, who travelled around Australia on the ship with Matthew Flinders. He sits across from the statue of Matthew Flinders. Apart from this there is so much else to the library besides books. I also loved a display of paintings of various Sydney Harbour scenes through... More

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Geraldton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is OK. Basically the State Library of NSW is a lovely building - particularly the Mitchell Building, with some lovely stained glass windows and room for not only a pile of books and reference data for university student types but also room for the odd travelling exhibition. At the time of my visit it was a display of photography.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Besides being a great resource, the library also has these fantastic current free photography exhibitions on currently. World Press Photo 2014, with great smartphone app Sydney Morning Herald photos 1440 Louise Whelan photos of Australian ethnic communities Very easy to get to, less than a 5 minute walk from Martin Place station up Macquarie St.

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