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State Library New South Wales

Mitchell Library Building. Picture taken from in front of the Botanic Gardens

Why go there

The State Library offers so much more than a traditional library. As well as being a 21st century reference library with innovative, adaptive solutions to meet your needs for current and historical information, the Library is a cultural destination with an exciting range of exhibitions, programs and events.

Don't miss

  • The ornate vestibule in the historic sandstone Mitchell Wing, with the Tasman Map reproduced as a marble mosaic
  • The magnificent Mitchell Library Reading Room
  • The magnificent Shakespeare Room with timber panelling and carved Tudor period motifs
  • A dynamic range of exhibitions, tours, events and program to suit all tastes

Mitchell Library

As a tourist destination, the Library invites you to explore the heritage-listed Mitchell Library building and to discover something new about the State Library’s collections and treasures.

Library Building. Picture taken from in front of the Botanic Gardens

North view of the Mitchell Library

Access for all

Access Summary

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Download a copy of the State Library of New South Wales Accessibility Guide It contains a map showing the on street and off street parking, wheelchair access from Macquarie St and information about accessing the Library’s services.

Entrance ramp from The Macquarie St Historic Precinct. Accessible entrance for both wings of the Library

Ramp to the entry from Macquarie St.

Image: Patty Mazza

Getting around

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The State Library of New South Wales accessible entrance is by ramp up from The Macquarie St Historic Precinct, opposite Hunter Street. The library is housed in two buildings linked by an accessible walkway on Level 1. The Macquarie St building comprises the State Reference Library. The Mitchell Library faces Shakespeare Place. The Mitchell and Dixson galleries featuring free exhibitions are accessible via stairs and lifts from each building.

The Metcalfe Auditorium, located in the The Macquarie St Historic Precinct building, has spaces available for wheelchairs and a Hearing Induction Loop. Hearing augmentation systems are also provided at the Information desks, Friends Room, Dixson Room and the Mitchell and Dixson galleries.

A range of adaptive technologies are available for people with disabilities to access Library resources. Download the Accessibility Guide for the details.

Accessible unisex toilets are well signed and located on the ground floor of the Mitchell Library and the Macquarie St building.

Tours and programs

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The Library offers:

  • a free unbooked one hour History & Heritage Tour 10.30 am every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • free exhibitions
  • programs, tours and events to suit all ages and a variety of interests.
  • Group Tours are conducted with prior arrangement, book 14 days in advance by calling 02 9273 1518. Group Auslan Interpreted tours are also available when booked in advance.

A full listing is available at: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/index.html

Mitchell Reading Room -  picture taken from the balcony

The Mitchell reading room

State Reference Library

The State Reference Library Reading Room, located in the The Macquarie St Historic Precinct Wing on Lower Ground 1 and Lower Ground 2, offers free access to Australian and international printed and electronic resources. Specialist services include the Legal Information Access Centre and the Family History Service.

The Verandah

The Verandah, located outside the State Reference Library Reading Room on Lower Ground 1, is designed for relaxation and independent use of the facilities. The Verandah offers free wireless and express internet computers.

The Verandah study area

Relaxed study area on the verandah

Eating and shopping

The Library Shop specialises in Australian books and prints. Cafe Trim Open from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Fridays and 10.30 am to 4.30 pm weekends. The café is small but tables can be accessed on the courtyard.

How to get there

Public transport

Macquarie St runs south from Circular Quay, adjacent to the Opera House. However there is a steep incline to the State Library of New South Wales and several busy roads to cross (traffic lights and kerb crossings are provided).

Public transport options include the Sydney Explorer Bus which stops in Macquarie St opposite the library. Train stations Martin Place 300m, and St James, 500m each with access lifts.

Parking

Four dedicated access parking spaces are provided in Shakespeare Place, on the corner of The Macquarie St Historic Precinct and the Cahill Expressway. Underground parking, can be booked on (02) 9273 1600, and accessed from Hospital Road, behind the State Library of NSW.

Map

Download the Sydney CBD and Circular Quay access map (PDF, 1.52MB)

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Mitchell Library Building. Picture taken from in front of the Botanic Gardens

North view of the Mitchell Library

Access Summary

Mobility accessBlindness and low vision accessHearing augmentationClosed captionsSign language interpretation

Contact Details

Address:
Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: + 61 2 9273 1414

The Library uses the National Relay Service

Email:
library@sl.nsw.gov.au

Website:
http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/
(www.sl.nsw.gov.au)
http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/
using/disability/index.html

(www.sl.nsw.gov.au/
using/disability/index.html)

Opening hours

State Library of New South Wales

Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm
Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends: 10 am to 5 pm

Café Trim

Monday to Friday: 7.30 am to 5pm
Weekends: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

Note

Hours of opening for the Mitchell Library, Exhibition Galleries and some services vary.

For a complete listing please visit: http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/using/
hours/index.html?HomeLink=Services

Price

Entry to the Library, exhibitions and most tours are free of charge. The Library offers Companion Card access to fee based tours, programs and events.

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