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“As attractions go...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of State Library of New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
61 2 9273 1414
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Ranked #44 of 238 Attractions in Sydney
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Geraldton, Australia
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“As attractions go...”
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.

As such it is hard to rate because it would depend utterly on your predilection for whatever was on display at the time. Other than that, apart from the beauty of the Mitchell Building and the rows of tomes that line its walls there is limited interest in... a library. A shop and some basic food options round out this free attraction which is probably best seen in transit between, say, Hyde Park, St Marys Cathedral and the Hyde Park Barracks through to the NSW Art Gallery and the Botanical Gardens.

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Regularly has interesting photography exhibitions usually free”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Unexpected find.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

If you stuck for things to do indoors, this is a great place to spend a few hours as the library is nothing like the one I have ever been to. It has a free gallery upstairs with interesting history and art exhibition. During our visit, I really like the Kings Cross photographic exhibition which they have an app to guide you through the exhibits. The building is huge, plenty of places to sit and they also have a cafe indoors and free wifi throughout the building. Highly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The library is a great place to visit. Stay for a little or long time as there are many exhibitions and of course books! We had a nice lunch in the cafe also. Its worth going to see the early map of Australia tiled into the entrance majestic hall. The main reading room is awesome in size and a place I could've stayed much longer except for the beatiful sunshine awaiting me outside. Situated near the Botanic Gardens the library is worth a visit.

Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A hidden delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The inside of this building is really stunning, well worth visiting just to see the main reading room. They have interesting exhibits in the Mitchell wing of the library, on the top floor. All sorts of items on display, including some paintings of Sydney, a convict cap and ticket of leave, down to an illuminated manuscript and a seal of King Henry IV. Free admission.

Visited April 2014
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