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
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
Introductory and other tours for students