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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 #52 of 300 Attractions in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The Library is not as impressive as the Melbourne Library but had some good exhibitions. I really enjoyed the one amout war and landscapes. It was very moving.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

I visited the library on a bit of a dreary day to escape the wind and rain and was pleasantly surprised with the volumes of literature, artwork and photography that was available. It's smaller than the library in Melbourne but by no means any less worthy. You will need to set aside between half hour to an hour subject to... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

took the free history and heritage tour which was extremely enjoyable and covered lots of different areas of the library.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The old sandstone building facing to the north, toward the Botanic Gardens, is the Mitchell Library and is a part of the State Library. It's connected to the modern building facing Macquarie Street by a below-ground passageway. If you like heritage features and collections, you should enter the Mitchell first, going up the steps between the columns, past a heavy... More

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Chester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Stumbled upon this as I was on my way to National Gallery but was drawn in by a very knowledgeable English woman who was doing the guided walk. I have visited several times before and was disappointed that I was too early for Don McCullin but this was a bonus. Shame about McCullin as his work is wonderful and I... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

A must visit when in Sydney. There is always a very interesting exhibition as well as the regular library fair. This library has be at the forefront to acquiring Australian World War One diaries from those involved in the war and the exhibition currently on showcases these diaries. Well worth a visit.

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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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Southern California
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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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