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State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9273 1414
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Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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"book lovers"
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"interesting exhibition"
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"on display"
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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Our kids were really excited to see 'THE STATE LIBRARY!'. We were probably not informed enough to know that this is not a kid-friendly attraction. The staff were lovely but the facility just isn't made for kids! The most significant observation from our young kids...More

Thank Jodi M
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SLNSW, other at State Library of New South Wales, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2018

Hi Jodi, Very sorry you didn't enjoy your trip to the State Library. We know at the moment our activities for kids aren't centrally located and so it's not always obvious what you can do with them in the Library. We are building a new...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

A very beautiful library that was closed to our residing place..I would go and read their..Grand and beautiful and is located near to the botanical garden..

Thank mg7188
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Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

We went into the library primarily to see a photo exhibition, which was excellent. There were other exhibits we walked through as well, including a very nice one of old botanical illustrations. But the stunner here is the magnificent reading room, which still has a...More

Thank Magicofbooks
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Reviewed January 12, 2018

This is the most beautiful library I've ever been. In a grand and elegant building, rich research materials and spacious environment are available for visitors. Very worth visiting.

Thank Leon L
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Reviewed January 11, 2018

There were two photo exhibitions which we enjoyed. Otherwise the staff (in the cafe and in the library) were offhand and we didn't feel welcome.

Thank Stjerne1
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

This is a great library with some interesting exhibits. It's definitely worth a visit if you're visiting Sydney.

Thank BarbsZ
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Reviewed January 8, 2018

Sydney library not normally a place i would visit on holiday but what a lovely building and you could get free wi-fi we were very impressed the building is over 4 floors so you could get a good view of the main library area.

Thank Garry F
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Reviewed December 28, 2017

Having lived in Sydney all my life and a bibliophile, I was embarrassed to say that I’ve never visited the State library until now. I enjoyed the free exhibits on display in the galleries at the moment and will definitely go back and do a...More

Thank Vanessa M
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

The Town Hall area by the Queen Victoria Building is totally under construction for a new mass transit, so no bus. You need to walk from Town Hall T-stop to Central Station stop.

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Reviewed December 8, 2017

The library on the ground floor is absolutely stunning, a huge space lined with 3 storeys of bookshelves accessed via a network of stairs and access ways. Upstairs are galleries which, when we were there, were showing a couple of very interesting photographic exhibitions.

Thank Dakles
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DianaDelpino
October 30, 2016|
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Response from SLNSW | Property representative |
Dear Diana and Yarim, Thank you! We are happy to hear that you are enjoying the Library. You are welcome to sign up for a library card. You can do that online or on one of the PCs in the Library. This only takes a few... More
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