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State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
(4.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
Built in 1826, State Library of New South Wales is the oldest library in Australia. Check out the well-organized exhibits and join a guided tour of the building to soak up Australian history and culture. This is a perfect place for book loves to touch the pages and rifle through the shelves. Take a break in the cafe or bookshop. See State Library of New South Wales and all Sydney has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sydney vacation trip planner.
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  • We visited to see the Nikon Walkley and Gardens exhibitions. The combined exploration took around 2 hours and we stayed for lunch in the cafe. The Library is a hidden gem in the city and we keep an ey...  more »
  • We were two Sydney couples with our excellent guide, Rosie Block. During the two hours Rosie showed us so much of Australia's history and told us amazing stories. The State Library complex is so much ...  more »
  • The current exhibition (until 15 January 2017) is double barrelled: NSW Garden Designs & Shaping Australian Gardens. The first part is a photographic display of current grand NSW gardens & the 2nd is ...  more »
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  • Great Service. Staff always helpful. If they don't have it they will find it. If you want my extremely jaundiced view, one of the very best things about Sydney.
  • Internet is indeed horrible, which is unacceptable for a library these days. And by horrible I mean it can't even load pages right now, which would actually mean it's not working at all. Nice photo exhibition and other stuff to do though.
  • When I visited the Sydney Library they had an exhibition on called "Pulp Fiction" which was all about the old magazines that used to be produce back in the early 20th century. There were plenty of examples and contributions in the spacious gallery; so amazing that is was a free exhibition!
  • Library itself is beautiful but the librarians/staff are extremely loud in the governor Marie bashir reading room. The public are constantly monitored by the security and getting a talking to for infringements such as touching the table legs with their feet! But no one ever tells the librarians to be quiet! It is a library after all. Not a bloody cafe. Also rude and unhelpful. Wifi is basically non-existent. Library tours are also noisy and disruptive.
  • Wifi sux. But beautiful place and free exhib