State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

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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. Make State Library of New South Wales a centerpiece of your Sydney vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sydney itinerary website .
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  • The library on the ground floor is absolutely stunning, a huge space lined with 3 storeys of bookshelves accessed via a network of stairs and access ways. Upstairs are galleries which, when we were th...  more »
  • The appearance is cool but the Interior is plain. But if you look at a visit every once in a while in Sydney. In fact, it is a little too cool Melbourne library comparison.
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  • When you study in this study seemed to be a good double the old Castle in the same building as the library down. Nice quaint buildings and decorations or extant photograph you wish ... If you are an academic atmosphere would ruin a glimpse but sucks to get noticed ... ha ha
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  • Mitchell Library (the old majestically beautiful building) is connected to the new modern library building via tunnel at lower ground level, just pass the reading hall and glasshouse learning space. Bookmarks are free to grab!
  • I went to the library 2 days this week, one of them happened to be the first time i had been there. Signing up was fairly easy but then requesting the book was slightly confusing, i was confused by the process but eventually got the hang of it and requested my book. The lady informed me that i had a 45 minute wait until i recieved my book as there was only 2 staff members working? only 2 and it is a state library!? When my friend and I had returned we were walking down stairs to collect our book. My friend had her hand in her pocket and the man asked her what she was holding in her pocket as it appeared she was holding a gun or something?!!!! which she clearly wasn't! I then got my book which happened to be a very old book so i had to read in the special materials section. The second day i returned, my book was there waiting for me and the staff in particular one lady were being very nice to us. The lady had mentioned to us that we perhaps shouldn't photocopy the book as it was very old and fragile (which we completely understood) so instead we were allowed to take pictures of it on our phones. The day went well until 10 minutes before we were about to leave when we started to take a few photos of some of the images in our books on our phones. This other lady walked past us and said in a really firm voice, "You should probably ask before taking pictures with that book!" and i replied with "We have, another lady gave us permission to take pictures with our phones" and she said, "Well the book is really old so you need to watch how you handle it!" By this point a few other people in the special materials section were looking at us as this lady had called attention to us. I then proceeded to stand up, return the book and leave! The lady then had the audacity to go and bother another fellow reader, which again brought attention to this poor man. As well as that, throughout my experience the staff members at the service desk were obnoxiously loud which confused me as I thought I was in a library!! Overall, nice interior and exterior design and most of the staff were kind however this lady really pushed my buttons.
  • Great place to work - quiet, easy to find a table with many plugs and the wifi works well.
  • Clean and mostly quiet place to get work done. I never had any issues with the staff but I have only ever bothered to ask them directions, they always courteously pointed out where I needed to go, even if it was something fairly easy or obvious to find.
  • Best place for intense study. Love their quietness. The silence place with many visitors. The visitors having a high self-control of not making noise. Love this place so much !!!

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