Your Questions

Why does the Library need a master plan?

Our vision is to transform the State Library of NSW into a global cultural destination for all. We want to ensure all our readers, researchers, students and visitors — local and international — have the opportunity to access and enjoy this much-loved Sydney landmark and the extraordinary riches within it. Our new master plan offers a roadmap on how we can achieve this goal.

How is the project being funded?

The Mitchell Galleries project and premier learning centre – two major components of our master plan – are being generously supported through private benefaction. The accessible entrance, new lifts and some other necessary works are enabled by NSW Government funding.

Will the building works affect the Library opening hours?

No. The Library will remain open and operational throughout the building works. However, some areas of the building may be restricted or access diverted while works are underway. Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions while ensuring the safety of our staff, our visitors and our collections.

Will I still be able to use the Mitchell Library Reading Room when the building works are taking place?

Library services will continue to operate throughout the planned works, however some services may be temporarily relocated on-site while noisy work is being carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and will ensure information about changed access to Library services is shared ahead of time.


Yes. We are making important improvements to our current gallery spaces in the western wing of the Mitchell building. Our exhibitions program will go on hold at the end of the World Press Photo Exhibition on 25 June 2017 as our curators and exhibition specialists work with leading architects and designers to create the inspiring new gallery experience that will stretch across the entire first floor of the Mitchell building.

The Michael Crouch Galleries are scheduled to launch in 2018. Our Amaze Gallery is being refreshed as part of the Michael Crouch Galleries and will not showcase original items from now until the launch.

During this time you can still view original collection material in the new ArteFact or Fiction? display in the Macquarie building (Lower Ground 1), and enjoy our popular level 1 displays, talks and panel discussions and free film screenings.

When will the project be finished?

The master plan supports a vision for the future. The different stages of the plan will be rolled out as funding permits. The next stage of the funded works (Michael Crouch Galleries, new lifts, circulation galleries, and the John B. Fairfax Learning Centre) are due for completion in 2018. The accessible entrance is due for completion in 2019.

Will there be future consultation opportunities?

Consultation opportunities will be available to learn more about the master plan and provide feedback. Register your interest at and stay up-to-date with the latest progress by visiting our website regularly. 


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