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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the State Library of N.S.W. It looked like a temple of Rome from the outside. Once inside it is even more attractive. Most of the books are in one huge room with three floors high. It was massive. It is here that the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a workshop here for History teachers and had the pleasure of listening to Rachel speak about the wide range of resources available at the library for use by students and teachers. Not only are these resources amazing, but Rachel was so inspiring and...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

The State Library is a large 2 story sandstone building that takes up at least a block on Macquarie Street just opposite the Royal Botanic Garden. The architectural design of this building may suggest to the casual observer that this building was built all at...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

When: Sunday March 4 2018 Why: Traveling to Sydney for business and had a free day Pros: A quiet place to stop whilst exploring the city, relax and look around. Cafe on site. Clean free bathrooms right in the middle of the city. Free entry...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

This place is a perfect microcosm for Sydney. Portions of the building are very old and harken back to a time when nation building, King, and Empire, were foremost thoughts for this colonial outpost. Portions of the building are very modern and show off new...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This is a massive building with nice neoclassic style architecture. The vestibule is nice and has an impressive map that describes Abel Tasman's trips. The doors are very nice. They depict aboriginal scenes. It closes at 800 pm on week days. There are free tours...More

Thank TravelerTrecker
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

The Library is impressive inside and out. There are many exhibitions on at the same time and you are sure to find something to your taste.

Thank EJCBodrum
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

With the online-world bringing everything to our screens, it seem libraries have tone out of fashion. But those who miss the State Library of NSW mis A LOT: fascinating, complex place, impressive architecturally, the NSW State Library offers both an experience and a feeling not...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

Quiet reading/computer room on the lower ground floor and a grand reading room.Its a lovely place to spend a few hours if you're having a big tourist day in the heat of summer. There are often interesting exhibitions on the first floor. The cafe in...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

In addition to the books and halls, there are some great exhibits, all free, on Australian history and nature.

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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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DianaDelpino
30 October 2016|
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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
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