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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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So much to discover

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW 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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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went there to trace our convict relatives. Staff were very helpful. They were able to point us in the right direct and were on-hand to provide additional help if needed. Well run library.

Thank Queenslander1234
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We saw Shakespeare's first folios here in May and found the exhibit small but interesting and educational.

Thank Mpix1
Country New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So loved my recent visit to the State Library, was like stepping back in time when I entered the Older Mitchel Library Reading Room. They even still have all the old card Catalogue Boxes of yesteryear. If you get a chance to visit don't forget to also wander around the photo galleries as there is so much to be learnt... More 

Thank ChrisyMay
Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a temptation to think the State Library isn't for you but they have a wonderfull, changing exhibition program, a gallery that showcases some of the collection treasures on rotation, an inviting coffee shop, a great bookshop - particularly strong on Australian titles and free wifi. Oasis in the city

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are on vacation, I don't think you will be spending your time sitting in a library, nothing wrong with that but considering the many many things to do and see in Sydney, there isn't enough time. However if you plan your day and map it out (with a map) it is possible to do 5-10 sites in one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By happy coincidence, we turned up to explore the library 20 minutes before the free tour began. Gary was a delightfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who had clearly been involved for a long time. He explained the history and significance of various aspects of the library and its surrounds which we otherwise would never have discovered. The tour also allowed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though I wanted very much to enter the library, I could not as the little group I was part of moved ahead. I had to be satisfied with a good look at the impressive exterior of the building.

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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.