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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 9273 1414
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Great Attraction in Sydney not to miss - incredible exhibitions

I was scouring through all of our tour books of Australia from our library and I noticed a small section on the Library. It mentioned the tiles and some of the special rooms... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I was scouring through all of our tour books of Australia from our library and I noticed a small section on the Library. It mentioned the tiles and some of the special rooms. Thus it wasn't far from our hotel and I figured it would be fun to stop in and check it out. We were so surprised to not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The 'Pulp Fiction' exhibition is free to enter and on until the 10th May. It has a great 5min video on 40's and 50's comic books, the impact they had on the nation, and the daily struggle of freelance journalists; however little else offered explanation. The comic books and sketches on the walls were great but held no meaning to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Book the official tour. Patrick was our guide and he made it so interesting, history of the buildings, benefactors a wealth of knowledge, and you get to see behind the scenes. The Shakespeare room it wonderful. The library was really busy, great to see so many young people using it. Thoroughly recommend a visit.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The original building is beautiful and has been sensitively extended to provide enough space to house exhibitions. We were able to view the Pulp exhibition showing the development of Australian comic books in the 40s and 50s and two photographic exhibitions. One showed shop keepers in Newtown - a really interesting exhibition. The other was entitled Lemnos then and now.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I noted this library on my way to the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Since it is not included in my list of places to visit while I'm in Sydney, I just briefly toured its ground floors, took pictures and left for my visit of other attractions. Just a library anyway....

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Interesting place bruhz. You wont find any students there. Only backpackers and homeless. Computers okay but they use IE and they use oudated IE which makes browsing a real challenge. I like this place. I can sit here all day surfing web with no pay.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This covers three floors over two buildings. There are areas for research, reading and galleries. You could spend hours in there. The food and drinks at the cafe are quite good as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We visited after passing by. We went to the free pulp fiction exhibition. Volunteer tours are available. Interesting film to watch. The library looks like a great place to study or unwind.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A wonderful collection of 1940 and 1950 Australian comic and pulp fiction novels. A beautiful building opposite Hyde Park. I enjoyed the video which helped to explain the collection and information about the artists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The state library of NSW rivals those in neighbouring Melbourne. The library building itself is beautiful both inside and out. I was very impressed by the main room and its layout. As well as holding an impressive collection of works the library hosts a variety of free exhibitions. When we visited the exhibitions were “Shop keepers of Newtown” and “Lynley... More 

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