Public access for all

We are opening up heritage spaces and improving access in and around our Mitchell and Macquarie buildings.

The new multistorey set of circulation galleries, public lifts and stairs will connect all floors of the Mitchell building and improve the way people understand and move through our spaces.

Currently, the Library does not have an accessible entrance that meets the needs of all of its visitors, including those with restricted mobility, as well as school and tourist groups. The ramp leading to the Macquarie Street entrance does not comply with contemporary standards for disability access, and passage between the two Library buildings is difficult to navigate.

After assistance from expert heritage consultants and leading architects to design an access ramp into the Mitchell Building, we have now received development consent from the City of Sydney. Construction of the ramp will begin once the tendering process is complete. In the meantime, a temporary access lift will be installed in early October. It will remain in place until construction commences on the new ramp.

Artist's impressions – improving access

Circulation gallery sectional perspective
Circulation Gallery (Sectional perspective)
Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking with proposed ramp.
Photomontage of Shakespeare Place with proposed ramp. Submitted with DA (D/2017/1785).
Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking west with proposed ramp.

Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking west with proposed ramp. Submitted as part of DA. 

Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking west with proposed ramp. Submitted as part of DA.
Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking east with proposed ramp. Submitted as part of DA.
Photomontage of Shakespeare Place looking east with proposed ramp. Submitted as part of DA.