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State Library of New South Wales

14 locals recommend ·
Why locals recommend it
Another oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of the CBD. It’s Australia’s oldest library, with a striking portico and ornate vestibule and multiple levels for you to explore. Find a quiet space to sit, close your eyes, and meditate. There is something peaceful about sitting among all those books and information and emptying the mind. I like to head straight for The Friends Room on the ground floor, which was built in 1901 as the original Mitchell Library reading room. It has lead-lined cabinetry, Art Deco rugs designed by the Australian designer Florence Broadhurst, and comfortable leather chairs where you can sit undisturbed.
Tom
Tom
March 11, 2017

Tips from locals

Sendy
Sendy
September 16, 2019
Huge resources. Lovely little places to sit and study/work. Close to the Domain park.
Melanie
Melanie
December 30, 2018
Often has temporary art exhibitions.
Fiona
Fiona
February 18, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous library
Ray
Ray
December 11, 2017
Forget the new bit and head between the grandiose columns that lead into the Mitchell Wing. The main reading room is gorgeous, bathed in light and with wooden bookshelves mountaineering the walls.
Susan
Susan
July 31, 2017
Beautiful library. Regularly holds free art exhibitions. Lovely small gift shop and café.
Location
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone+61 2 9273 1414
Hours of Operation statusOpen · Closes 5:00 PM
Wifi
Yes
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