Take a tour at the State Library of New South Wales and discover its history, services and resources. Discover the Library with an student tour, enjoy a History and Heritage tour or visit the Shakespeare Room.

Free History and heritage tours

Enjoy a free one hour Volunteer-led History and Heritage tour of the Library.

Please note that our daily tours at 10.30am and 11.45am will not be available from 25 December 20142 January 2015.

Tours for individuals and small groups 

When: Monday to Fridays at 10.30am
Where: Meet the tour guide in the Macquarie Street Wing foyer
Bookings: Not required

The tour guide will highlight the architectural features of both the historic Mitchell Library and the State Library building in Macquarie Street. The tour will feature the decorative stonework, stained glass windows and magnificent bronze doors of the Mitchell Library. The marble mosaic reproduction of the Tasman Map in the Library’s Mitchell Wing Vestibule and the beautiful Tudor style Shakespeare Room are both special features of the tour.

Tours for large groups

Large group tours are conducted Monday to Friday by prior arrangement.
Please book at least 14 days in advance
Bookings: contact the Volunteers

Visit the Shakespeare Room

Please note that the Shakespeare Room will be closed on both Tuesday 23 December and Tuesday 30 December 2014.

Shakespeare Room


Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the poet's death (1916), the Shakespeare Room is richly embellished with Tudor motifs by woodcarver Charles Sherline and features a plaster ceiling modelled on Cardinal Wolsey's closet at Hampton Court Palace. The Shakespeare Room is a time-refuge in the heart of a busy city. 

Ground Floor Mitchell Wing

Open to the public on Tuesdays from 10 am to 4 pm

Student groups tours

Introductory and other tours for students

crazy collections tour

Wednesday 21 January 2015, 1.00 PM

Tour: Crazy Collections iPad Tour

Come on a ‘discovery tour’ of the historic Mitchell Library. Explore the surprising State Library collections, including items from the goldfields and jewellery made of hair! Using iPad apps, you’ll capture your favourites in a multimedia presentation and email this off to share with your family and friends.
Suitable for children 8 to 12 years

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.


Thursday 22 January 2015, 2.00 PM

Tour: Tours for Tots

In this special tour for younger children you will discover treasures from the Library’s collection, listen to the fascinating stories behind the unusual items in our Amaze gallery and illustrate your favourites in a little booklet to take home.
Suitable for children aged 4-7 years

This event is part of the Kids@the Library series.

Quick Links

The State Library provides a free Information Request Service.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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