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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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More than just books.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Tumbulgum, Australia
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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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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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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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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

If you love books this is a place not to miss. It is by far one of the most impressive libraries that I have ever visited (and I have visited a lot through my travels). Take advantage of the Shakespeare room which is beautiful as well as the free exhibits (and free tour during the weekdays).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Love coming here even to just look at all the books.. they always have good exhibits on in the galleries..

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Looking for a quiet, peaceful place to wander, enjoy free exhibitions, soak in some history ... you can always rely on the Macquarie street State Library. Never miss a visit to their current exhibits upstairs.. or a quiet sit in the Millar Reading Room or Shakespeare Room. A truly magnificent historical building which is a haven to relax and unwind... More 

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Malibu, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Libraries are good for us. Old libraries that have new additions are better for us and are so cool. This is a historic building/library with a modern new addition attached. See the books and see the art galleries/ exhibits inside. Take 30 minutes....This place is cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Beautiful place, modern but very quite and calm at the same time. The entrance is free, and you can visit some galleries inside with different expositions every time (when I went, there were two different ones about the australian history, old and contemporary). The library is very nice, you can breath history just sitting in the main room. I didn't... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Trying to find things to do in cities for minimal cost is always a challenge. We looked online and found tours of the State Library, though the times of the tours on the website were not consistent with the signage at the front desk. Anyway, we rushed to get to the 10.30 start time. We had a volunteer guide who... More 

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