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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 - 17:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 20:00
Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Tony P
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excelent place to have a rest, read, and watch some art exhibition. Exhibitions are free, and building is so nice. The entry looks classic, and inside diaphanous, clear, peaceful, silent. Very nice. You can go on after that to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Ladner, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went in with a small walking tour, they guide said that the books in the main part of the library were pretty much there for show. they are Aus's oldest and originals, so you can't actually go up and look at them. Still really cool story behind it if you go with a tour to hear about it, it's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An impressive building from the outside, the interior is even more gorgeous with stained glass windows and a glass ceiling. Lots of exhibits and collections make it a wonderful place to explore. Joining the Friends gets you access to their special room where you can relax and even make yourself a cup of coffee! Staff is friendly and helpful, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The State Library of New South Wales is a large reference and research library open to the public. It is the oldest library in Australia, being the first established in New South Wales in 1826. Today was Tuesday I was told and the Shakespeare Room was open. The rare manuscripts they have only come out under arm guards on his... More 

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Kapolei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a rainy day when we were in town so our stop in the majestic building was a real break from the weather. Just a quick tour of the area should dazzle you even if you're not a reader!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dropped by to see what exhibitions were on and ended up seeing the wonderful Mae Gibbs exhibition and also an excellent gardens exhibition called Planting Dreams. A browse through the exhibitions and some time doing some casual reading in the beautiful reading room was a wonderful way to wile away a morning.

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Beenleigh, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The State Library of New South Wales has regular exhibitions showcasing the history and literature from the rich collections. There is also a wonderful shop and free internet access if you need it. The Mitchell Library is an amazing old building with many interesting architectural and decorative features.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I Brought my sister and brother-in-law here on Australia day. No exhibitions open but just looking at the Mitchell wing is an artwork in itself. See photos.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Mitchell room is special with lovely stain glass windows and light streaming in. It is free to enter though you need to be quiet as people do study/read in this room. The Shakespeare Room is not open often so check the website. Free tours run during the week. There was a May Gibbs exhibition on and also some original... More 

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