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Plan your visit

Getting here

By public transport

The closest train stations are Martin Place (200 metres) and St James (450 metres). Ferries arrive into Circular Quay which is only a short walk away. The Sydney Explorer bus stops outside the Library on Macquarie Street.

By car

The nearest parking station is Sydney Hospital, located on Hospital Road.

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Easy access for wheelchairs and prams

The wheelchair and pram-friendly entrance is on Macquarie Street, opposite Hunter Street. There are lifts in the building, accessible toilets and baby change room facilities.

If you have a Mobility Parking sticker, you can use the parking spaces at Shakespeare Place, on the corner of Macquarie Street and the Cahill Expressway.  

Find out more about accessibility at the library.

Spaces for research and study Come in and explore the variety of spaces we have throughout the Library

Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

Visit this reading room to use the collections, get help with your research, work on a group project or find a place to study.

Mitchell Library Reading Room

Enjoy this beautiful, light-filled space while browsing the shelves, collaborating on a group project, using the free wi-fi or quietly studying.

Special Collections area

The Special Collections area is a dedicated space to use original material and rare printed material from the Library's collections. The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.

The Verandah

The Verandah is a great place to come and read newspapers, quietly study or simply check emails over a coffee.

Study rooms

With your Library card you can book a study room online, or at the Library, to use for individual or group study.

Friends Room

The magnificent Friends room is on the ground floor of the historic Mitchell Library building.

Gallery & exhibition spaces Drop in for a range of events and free exhibitions

AMAZE Gallery

Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends 10 am to 5 pm

Exhibition galleries

Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday 9 am to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Weekends 10 am to 5 pm

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What's On: today

Find out all the latest exhibitions and events here.

Eat, Drink & Shop Recharge in our cafe and take a look around the Library Shop

Cafe Trim

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 5 pm
Weekends 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

The Library Shop

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Weekends 11am to 5pm

Library activities Join our tours, workshops or talks on each day


Take a self guided tour using the Curio app and get up close with rare artifacts in our exhibitions and collections, and discover the fascinating stories behind the Mitchell Library direct from your mobile device.

What can I do at the Library?

Did you know the Library is more than just a world class book collection? Pop into experience our free exhibitions in the gallery spaces; take a tour of our heritage listed building, join us on a workshop or talk.

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