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“A hidden delight”

State Library of New South Wales
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Reviewed April 13, 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.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Steeped in history and with an ever changing gallery, the library is a great place to go to experience some local flavor. The map on the floor of the entry way is a glimpse into the past and the ways that map-making has advanced in the last two centuries. The main library room is absolutely breath taking, especially if you actually manage to make it inside. This is definitely a must see if you're trying to experience Sydney's history. For the great price of free, this is an excellent place to do research, read up to date periodicals or even to rest your feet after the daily grind. This library has everything you'd need to get your work or school research done!

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is a classic old school state library with a sweeping staircase, lots of old timber and old world charm. I was there for a meeting so only got to wander in briefly, but it looked beautiful and I noted a number of interesting exhibitions as well - all free entry. Friendly, helpful staff and a cafe below that seemed pretty popular. I'd like to get back to check it out when I'm not working.

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Reviewed January 18, 2014

On my recent visit back to Australia I decided to explore further an ancestor with connections to 19th century military in Tasmania. The staff at the State Library could not have been more helpful to this visitor. And the air conditioning is excellent while the wifi is free. I have visited on nearly all my visits to the city and I see the cafe (a good one) has expanded at the expense of what was an excellent bookshop: a sign of the times, perhaps.

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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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