Tours

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.

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

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

Stories in surprising places

Wednesday 9 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Tour: Stories in Surprising Places

Join us for storytime fun at the BIG Library! You wll explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

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

Stories in surprising places

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 10.30 AM

Tour: Stories in Surprising Places

Join us for storytime fun at the BIG Library! You wll explore our amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories.

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

THE MONKEY OR BEAR OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 12.00 PM

Tour: Australian Inspiration

Join curator Sarah Morley for a curator led talk about Australian Inspiration. Sarah will discuss the Library’s history of collecting design and objects in her display.

In association with the Australian Inspiration exhibition.

Monday 21 September 2015, 11.00 AM

Tour: Kids Tours

Have you wondered what the State Library is all about and why you should bring your family here? This is the tour for you!

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

Thursday 1 October 2015, 5.00 PM

Tour: Ghost Tour 1 October 2015

Check out the haunts and hiding places of the fabulous State Library and find out a few facts (and fictions!) of the long gone people behind the collections.

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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