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State Library of New South Wales

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Address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9273 1414
09:00 - 20:00
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Beautiful building. The entrance and Shakespeare room were my favourite. Very easy to get to from the parks, st Mary 's or the museums

Reviewed 2 days ago
Cochrane, Canada
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Cochrane, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful building. The entrance and Shakespeare room were my favourite. Very easy to get to from the parks, st Mary 's or the museums

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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best art galleries going. Fantastic collection, beautiful building and very educative (especially on aboriginal culture). A must do for Sydney and all for free

Thank Sherri A
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walking around Sydney, I ventured into the State Library of N.S.W., to see what a tourist might see here. It is a historic, reference library for students and family history research. Not one for families though. Young children would be bored quickly, I fear. The Mitchell wing has a huge auditorium of books, but all for show, not to read... More 

Thank MWandAW
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A simply beautiful building where you can surround yourself by books and the lovely architecture. A great café onsite as well.

Thank Sara S
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Shakespeare Room at the library is an amazing space. Open Tuesdays it gives the family a great insight into the world and works of Shakespeare's time. The library is a fantastic place and well worth a trip with the family.

Thank Kerrie M
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited in order to take in an exhibition around flowers and gardening, which was beautifully curated and while there happened on a free tour, midway through, which I joined. At the end of the tour the woman running it started it again for myself and a couple of others, I wish I knew her name; not only kind but... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled over this gem and are very glad we did. The free tour took us into places that you cannot enter normally so we saw the original Mitchell library space, and the Shakespeare room (built in the style of Hampton Court). Don't miss the map on the floor of the lobby.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very helpful kind librarians Good access to computer micro fiches. Lots of original source material as well You need a library card. And a dollar for the lockers.

Thank Philip D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went specifically to see the Shakespeare Room. Really lovely ladies there who were happy to chat. Beautiful room with a handmade tapestry on the floor that emulates the ceiling.

Thank Pauline C
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We needed a place to store our luggage for a few hours, randomly found that the State Library has luggage lockers. Easy to find, use and very reasonable cost! Even better it turned out to be a great place we arrived approx 15 mins before a free history tour (10:30am), win x 2 !! Informative and just the right length... More 

Thank Tony P

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