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“Not just a library”

State Library of New South Wales
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Decided to take the free guided tour out of curiosity. Libraries are usually quiet places this bucks the trend it encourages technology and has a floor dedicated to the use of laptops with free wi- fi and plenty of power outlets. The library consists of two parts old and new. The marble in the old section is all Australian and the wood carving intricate. The guide was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and proud of this lovely building and all the treasures it holds. Also has exhibitions which are changed on a regular basis. Worth a visit.

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The State Library of New South Wales. It is located on Macquarie St. (One of the many main streets in Australia names Macquarie, after the colonial Governor of New South Wales.). It is the oldest library in Australia and was built in 1826. When I was there they had a great fashion photography exhibit, but if you are walking by, just pop in and see the grand splendor of the building. For more info an photos of Sydney go to http://travelwellflysafe.com/2013/11/17/things-i-have-learned-in-sydney-australia/

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I was on my way to St. Mary's Cathedral and I found this public library. There is on going exhibition regarding fashion. That was great and full of fashion and models' life from the birth of fashion, in Europe. I could also look at the first feminism through the fashion work. very interesting and wonderful world that I had never thought.. This library seems hold some free at the same time wonderful exhibition from time to time. I loved the words at the entrance, on my left side wall.... anyway, to have a look at the place where people read books is quite interesting to.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Visited with kids (9-11 yo). This place is fantastic ! Free quided tours daily at 10.30 am, which was most informative and visually impressive. Great collection of books, rich history , wonderful overall atmosphere. The tour was great for adults , a little too complex for younger kids. There are computers with free wifi at the coffee shop. The current exhibition on Sydney's homeless in the foyer,so beautifully done!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This place deserves a look. On offer... Peace and quiet, welcoming staff, archival items on display in the Mitchell wing, in our case some wonderful pieces from The First Fleet and English settlement, an informative video detailing the hows and whys of collecting and what's done to preserve items, books galore, a lovely interior and a slice of Australian history.

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