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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
Central Business District
+61 2 9273 1414
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I spent two full days in this library. The staff are invariably helpful, and the collection is well-organised and extensive. You don't need to be a Sydney resident or even and Australian citizen to join and use it.

Thank JamesRNZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great building, but what made this a superb visit was the free guided tour that was provided by Patrick. He was a very knowledgable guide, who had plenty of stories about the location. I believe the tour runs each day at 1030am....More

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The State Library of New South Wales is located in a great spot, near State Parliament House and the Botanic Gardens. It is the oldest library in Australia, having been established in 1826, in what was then, the colony of NSW. It is a terrific...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Shapespear Suite and also the main library. It was bnig and quiet and surely is condicive to study. Shakespeare's Room is a small and filled with the author's works. It is a lovely room with stained windows and carved ceiling.

Thank Dr_Bingcarlos
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Any book lover would be fascinated by the State Library of New South Wales. The library has an imposing entrance at Shakespeare Place. The high walls are lined with books across centuries. The reading rooms are well- equipped. The library staff are friendly and helpful.

Thank DeshmukhV
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Dashed in so my 13 yr old could get a proper look at Ned Kelly's real r armour. Some interesting areas but limited collection compared to the other museums. Awesome study and reading areas though.

Thank rogsimmons
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Very cool. The architecture is amazing. You also can sit at a desk for some quiet time. Plan on spending 2 hours here.

Thank rzsandoval
Reviewed 3 September 2017

It has a beautiful architecture and is very elegant, modern and functional library. They even hold art exhibitions regularly in this place but unfortunately, that section was shut down when I visited. They have physical newspapers from all over the world so you might just...More

Thank deepakgupta5
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I have visited the State Library for seminars, exhibitions, study, the shop, lunch - the staff are sensational - helpful and cheerful. Highly recommend - keep an eye open for the exhibitions- constantly changing.

Thank Gail S
Reviewed 15 August 2017

If you love large public libraries, with some history of Sydney you will love this library. Interesting changing exhibitions

Thank Rainbow T
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with
energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise
buildings and after-work drink places, high-end
shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners
frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a
dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle,
reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
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30 October 2016|
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