Metcalfe Auditorium 

The 130 seat Metcalfe Auditorium provides an effective venue for a wide range of presentations, seminars, meetings and lectures. Its modern decor, spot lighting and seating, facilitate comfort and concentration. The Auditorium has been recently updated with a fully equipped projection room; catering can be provided in the nearby Macquarie Room

McDonalds Room 

The Macquarie Room is ideal for meetings, presentations, workshops, luncheons and for up to 100 people cocktail parties. It is a modern triangular shaped room, featuring a wall of glass, overlooking the courtyard between the old and new wings of the State Library and often used as the catering area for the Metcalfe Auditorium

Dixson Room 

The Dixson Room is located on the ground floor of the Mitchell wing and offers an elegant historic setting with views across the Domain and to Woolloomooloo. This is a warm and spacious room with high ceilings and original oil paintings adorning the walls; it is ideal for conferences, luncheons, dinners and cocktail parties. Often used for sit-down meetings and weddings for up to 120 people.

Shakespeare Room 

The Shakespeare Room located on the ground floor of the Mitchell wing commemorates the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Arthur G Benfield’s stained glass window, the Seven Ages of Man, depicts a scene from As You Like It.
This intimate room is ideal for small dinners and cocktail parties for up to 15 people

Friends Room

The Friends room is on the ground floor of the historic Mitchell Library building.  This beautiful space is the original Mitchell Reading Room, opened to the public in 1910.  It features enameled steel and leadlight bookcases which hold editions of Cervantes’ Don Quixote from the magnificent collection of the late Dr Ben Haneman. This space is often use for cocktail parties for up to 130 people


The Vestibule of the Mitchell wing features; the Marble replica of the 1644 Tasman Map, some of the finest stained glass in Sydney by artist Arthur Benfield and a magnificent white Italian Botticino marble staircase with turned balustrades. All of these features add to the neo classical splendour of the historic State Library. The Mitchell Vestibule is a unique venue for cocktail parties and ceremonies for up to 150 people


The Mitchell Galleries located on Level 1 of the Mitchell wing offer a rare quality of simple splendour and warm hospitality. Cocktail parties and presentations are accommodated and enhanced by the classical surroundings of Australian craftsmanship along with the current exhibitions



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NSW 2000, Australia
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