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Benefits for Friends of the Library

There are many advantages to becoming a Friend of the State Library including discounts and special events where you'll meet new people and be part of the life of the Library.
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Why be a Library Friend?

Enjoy a wealth of benefits and special access to our renowned collections through member events, exhibitions and publications. You'll join many others who love to support and connect with the State Library and gain a greater appreciation of its unrivalled collections. 

Relax in the heritage Friends Room in the heart of the city and enjoy the many benefits a Friends membership offers.

Friends enjoy:

  • exclusive access to the Friends Room, your private club in the prestigious Macquarie Street precinct;
  • unique events throughout the year;
  • annual subscription to the Library’s quarterly magazine featuring fascinating articles;
  • free consultation with a Family History Librarian for your family tree research;
  • discounts at the Library bookshop and café;
  • discounts at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel;
  • reciprocal member privileges at interstate libraries.

Private Friends Room

Relax in your private club in the city – you and a guest can enjoy exclusive weekday access to this stunning heritage space located in the iconic Mitchell wing. Complimentary coffee, tea, newspapers, magazines and WiFi are available. 

Special events

Enjoy exclusive Friends events including private exhibition viewings, film screenings, workshops and specialist talks across literature, art, photography, history and contemporary issues.  

SL Magazine and What’s On

You’ll receive an annual subscription to the Library’s award-winning quarterly SL magazine featuring fascinating articles about new acquisitions, research discoveries and upcoming exhibitions.  You’ll also be the first to know about future events at the State Library with our seasonal What’s On program delivered to your door, plus our regular e-newsletter.

Family history consultation

Uncover your story after a free half hour consultation with a Family History Librarian to help you get started.  By appointment on the last Friday of the month.  Book through Friends Office: 9273 1593.

State Library discounts

  • Receive a 10% discount on all State Library ticketed public programs
  • Receive a 10% discount at the Library’s Cafe Trim, plus a special Friends Coffee & Cake deal.
  • Receive a 10% discount at the State Library Shop, Sydney’s premier Australiana book shop and invitations to exclusive Friends-only shopping days.
  • Your loyalty is rewarded with a 20% discount at the State Library Shop if you have been a member for 10 or more years.
  • Receive a 20% discount when you book our beautiful Shakespeare Room for your next family function. With its Tudor style ceiling and stained glass windows inspired by As You Like It, this intimate room is ideal for small dinners and cocktail parties for up to 15 people. Please contact Venue Hire for all enquiries and quote your membership number when you book.

Great discount opportunities with our partners

Take advantage of discounts from our partners:

Wentworth Sofitel Hotel – 20% discount in the Garden Court Restaurant (Sunday-Thursday) and business rate accommodation discount available in over 1,600 participating hotels worldwide including Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis.

Reciprocal partners

Enjoy Friends privileges when your travels take you to:

  • National Library of Australia - Members lounge, Library Shop 10% discount and discounts on events listed in What’s On;
  • State Library of Victoria - Members lounge and free entry to Foundation events;
  • State Library of South Australia - Members Lounge and discounts on Friends publications purchased online.

To access benefits please remember to present your membership card.

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