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 access - Works 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 - September 2022)
- a new accessible link between the Mitchell and Macquarie St buildings (December 2021 - February 2022)
- a new, ramped access route to the Macquarie St building (September 2021 - September 2022)
Mitchell Reading Room restoration - Complete
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 - February 2023
Establishing a large, permanent gallery to display works from the Library’s extensive photographic collection.
New underground auditorium - Works scheduled October 2021 - February 2023
Build a state of the art, 344-seat auditorium for large gatherings and conferences (replacing the existing Metcalfe Auditorium).
Rooftop revitalisation - Stage 1 complete | Stage 2 commencing 8 August 2022
The Library Bar is a small bar licensed to serve 120 people. Accessible from the Domain, it has been designed simply so that no alteration to the envelope of the building will be visible from below. Learn more about Stage 2 here.
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.
Major building plan