With funding support of $12.3M from the NSW Government, the State Library is on track to become fully accessible to the public for the first time, including parts of the historic Mitchell building rooftop.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “The State Library is one of our best loved and most used cultural institutions. In this year’s budget we’ve invested in work to make this magnificent building fully accessible to all visitors and make time spent there even more enjoyable.”
State Librarian John Vallance is delighted to see this new investment from the NSW Government in the State Library, following on from the significant boost in support for NSW public libraries which began in 2018.
“We’ll be making the Library’s Mitchell and Macquarie St buildings accessible to all,” said Dr Vallance. “The Mitchell Library’s beautiful reading room will be refurbished, a new gallery built, along with improved arrangements for circulation and wayfinding inside the Library. Finally, a small function venue will be built on the roof of the Mitchell building, accessible from the Domain and designed carefully to involve no alteration to the building’s current profile.”