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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
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Elegant and quite place in the CBD of Sydney. Cafeteria offers a wide range of meals and drinks. Temporary Exhibition are normally hosted. Reading areas are very comfortable

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Elegant and quite place in the CBD of Sydney. Cafeteria offers a wide range of meals and drinks. Temporary Exhibition are normally hosted. Reading areas are very comfortable

Thank laata
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome library, strongly recommended for people studying for HSC. Not so much for little children. Good staff members.

Thank _e_l_i_s_a_bob_21
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The library has a great display of world war 1 photography on at present. The display is well worth a visit if you are interested in world war 2 or photography. The ability of modern technology to bring colour to historic photos is amazing. Well worth a visit while the display is on.

Thank Keathswa
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love libraries, books, and history, this is a special place. Spacious, and reverent to books and to Australian history, it is a quiet refuge from city hustle. Pop in, breathe, and read.

Thank Dawn K
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The State Library of New South Wales is such a great library - all kinds of books. There are often extremely good exhibitions held there, also. The staff are wonderful if you are researching anything. They hold very good workshops for children in school holidays, too. The staff were so helpful to us when we were looking up our family... More 

Thank Jeanette M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) is one of the nations finest repositories of historic documents. The SLNSW contains the Mitchell Library. Wheterh you are a researcher looking for a rare book or just want a quiet place to read, you will find it here, it's one of my favourite places in Sydney.

Thank Jeffry B
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We oohed and aahed at the architecture and commemorations/statues both outside and inside this beautiful building (be sure to say hi to the cat). Our biggest disappoint was the Shakespeare Room only open on Tuesday - the one day we were booked on an all day tour so we had to miss our chance. Very disappointing, but that one little... More 

Thank c0rkd0rk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

So much to see and experience at the State Library. My special favourite is the Shakespeare Room - an amazing Tudor Room with a ceiling which is a copy of Cardinal Wolsey's closet at Hampton Court Palace. The stained glass windows depicting the Seven Ages of Man from As You Like it. So many amazing features - history, beauty and... More 

Thank Glenyss B
Tepic, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Sometimes there are exhibitions in the second floor for free. It´s also open for everyone, so you it´s a nice place to study.

Thank DGY86
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

I have come here for years and admire this living treasure. It's a beautiful building with a blend of old and new, right next to State Parliament. Reading rooms are wonderful and always in use (I bring my 7yo to do homework every week in the Mitchell Room). An amazing book collection plus regularly changing exhibitions. Free Wi-Fi for those... More 

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The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.