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The Mitchell Library

Opened in 1910, the Mitchell Library houses unsurpassed collections of Australiana bequeathed to the people of New South Wales by David Scott Mitchell.

Take a tour of the Mitchell Foyer and Reading Room
 

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These eastern Aboriginal ‘doors’, sculptured by Daphne Mayo, are located in the entrance portico of the Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library holds Australia’s greatest documentary record of cultural heritage. It also holds the world’s most significant collections of Australian and Pacific material, including the original journals of Abel Tasman, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.

The Dixson Library

The Dixson Wing was constructed in 1929, to house the extensive collection of pictures presented by Sir William Dixson. It also includes books, manuscripts, maps, coins, medals and stamps donated by Sir William during his lifetime, bequeathed by him, or bought from endowment funds since his death.

The Macquarie Street Wing

The Macquarie Street Wing was officially opened in 1988 (Australia’s bicentenary) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in company with Prince Philip. Its design as well as its contents ensure that it will continue to endear itself to future generations of Library users.

The Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

Located in the Macquarie Street Wing, the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room contains a comprehensive and diverse collection of Australian and international research material. This includes printed books, journals, government reports, statistics, audio–visual material and electronic resources.
It is also home to a number of specialist services, including the Legal Information Access Centre, the Health Information Service and the Family History Service.

Sculpture

Sculpture

The Mitchell Library's Vestibule has a stunning new contemporary glass sculpture created by the designer of the State Library's Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection exhibition, Jon Hawley.

Private benefactor, the late Dr Bruce Reid, AM, funded the sculpture, the concept for which is based on the earliest depiction of the stars of the Southern Cross, a woodcut engraving of 1516 by Andrea Corsali. The sculpture enhances the great architectural and historical features of the vestibule of the Mitchell Library. Its design provides a twenty-first century interpretation of one of the great symbols of Australian identity while alluding to enduring associations of our history and culture. As such, it is appropriate that it is located in the Mitchell Library with its renowned holdings of Australian and Pacific historical collections. Heritage architects, Noel Bell, Ridley Smith & Partners assisted with the design process and the Heritage Council of NSW approved the project.