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Major building plan: Timeline

Our plan is to give readers and visitors the opportunity for access, learning and enjoyment like never before. Through a series of upcoming works, we will make the State Library's magnificent buildings fully accessible to all of our visitors. 

Key stages of the Library’s building plan include:

Improving accessWorks underway

Working with expert heritage consultants and architects we are improving access into and around the State Library by creating: 

  • an accessible entry into the Mitchell building (January - March 2022)
  • a new accessible link between the Mitchell and Macquarie St buildings (December 2021 - July 2022) 
  • a new, ramped access route to the Macquarie St building (September - December 2021)

Mitchell Reading Room restoration Works scheduled October 2021 - February 2022 

Repainting the ceiling and restoring the floor of the Reading Room to its original 1940s glory, at the same time providing much-needed additional space for readers.  

New photography gallery - Works scheduled October 2021 - July 2022 

Establishing a large, permanent gallery to display works from the Library’s extensive photographic collection.

New underground auditoriumWorks scheduled October 2021 - July 2022 

Build a state of the art, 344-seat auditorium for large gatherings and conferences (replacing the existing Metcalfe Auditorium). 

Rooftop revitalisationWorks underway

Creating a small rooftop bar on top of the Mitchell building, accessible from the Domain and designed carefully to involve no alteration to the building’s current profile. 

Future Plans Plans in development

Renovating the Macquarie St building foyer to better welcome and service the growing number of readers and visitors, including expanding the Library bookshop, improving the cafe and build better facilities.