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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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A definite must for visting

I love this place as it has wonderful exhibits and friendly staff. The Amaze gallery is always full of both static items and new which are extremely interesting and never fail to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I love this place as it has wonderful exhibits and friendly staff. The Amaze gallery is always full of both static items and new which are extremely interesting and never fail to impress. As for the other exhibits, each one has such impressive research which translates to marvelous interest for those visiting. And if you are staying in Sydney for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This place is amazing from the book store to the ever changing free exhibitions to the café with great views. The staff are always friendly and helpful and at the end of the day it is free and in the CBD what more could you want.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

For a fascinating insight into the publishers, artists and writers who produced these cheap and lurid comics and paperbacks from the Forties and Fifties, this free exhibition and excellently produced catalogue (gratis), is well worth it, although it ends on 10 May. A chance to see the changing mores of pop culture. Besides the main hall and library, the bookshop,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It's in an excellent location, and it really is a nice sight to see. I quite like the Shakespeare room, as well as the main hall. If you're in Sydney for over a week I'd highly recommend dropping in for a couple of hours if you get the chance. Plenty of history to see.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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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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Warrington, England
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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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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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