Disability access

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Accessibility Guide

Our Accessibility guide (PDF 2.96MB) has information on accessing our building and services.

Wheelchair access and parking

The wheelchair-accessible entrance is off Macquarie Street, opposite Hunter Street. There are lifts in the building and accessible toilets. 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.

Listening and Talking to the Library Staff

Hearing loops (without handsets) are located in venues such as the Metcalfe Auditorium, Dixson Room and the Galleries. Counter hearing systems (with handsets) are at key service points including the Information desks in both reading rooms.

The Library uses the National Relay Service.


NSW residents with a current Library card can access thousands of fulltext newspapers, magazines and journals from home.

If you don't have a Library card you can apply for one online. Sign up for a Library card

You can access online content via our eresources.


The Library offers access to a growing collection of ebooks which you can read on your computer or download. There is more information on ebooks under Help and they can be accessed via the eresources page using your Library card.

Talking books and large print books

The Library has a collection of talking books and large print books. They are available for loan by contacting your local public library and asking them to organise an interlibrary loan. If you are interested in Braille books contact Vision Australia (previously know as the Royal Blind Society).

Facebook and Twitter

We will let you know about news, services and events via Facebook and Twitter. Media Access Australia have determined how the accessibility issues found in each of the most popular social media tools can be overcome. The guides below include a brief overview of each product, before addressing issues around accessibility and overcoming these issues.

Library apps

The Library has  an app for the iPhone/iPad and Android devices that provide easy access to our catalogue and information about events and exhibitions.

Adaptive technology

Adaptive technology is available to help you use the Library's resources. It is located in the in the State Reference Library, Macquarie Street building on LG1.  To make a booking phone (02) 9273 1414.

Clearview: a video magnifier for people with low vision. It magnifies books, magazines and newspapers.

JAWS: screen reading software for people who are blind. It is used to access websites, databases and the computer catalogue.  Training courses are available at Vision Australia.

Kurzweil 1000: a computer-based scanning system for people who are blind or have a reading disability. It scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers. It is suitable for people who have some computer literacy.

Microspeed Trackball Mouse: an alternative mouse for people who have problems with hand control.

Poet Compact: a stand-alone scanner for people who are blind or have a reading disability. It scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers. It is suitable for people with no computer skills.

Zoomtext: image magnification software for people with low vision. It magnifies websites, databases and the computer catalogue.

Quick Links

The State Library provides a free Information Request Service.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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