State Library embarks on landmark building project

The $15 million transformation of the State Library’s historic Mitchell building is about to get underway, following Heritage Council and City of Sydney approval. This is the Library’s first major building project in the Mitchell in over 50 years.

Extensive new galleries and a learning centre will be created in the eastern wing of the Mitchell building, thanks to the strong support of the late Michael Crouch AC and John B Fairfax AO, respectively.

According to new State Librarian Dr John Vallance said: “I have joined the Library at a very exciting time. Heritage areas never-before open to the public will be turned into beautiful galleries and informal spaces for the benefit and enjoyment of the hundreds of thousands of people who visit us every year.”

“I look forward to telling you more about the progress we are making through each stage of the building project,” Dr Vallance said.

The Michael Crouch Family Galleries and the John B Fairfax Learning Centre – to be located on level 1 and the ground floor, respectively, of the Mitchell building will be launched in 2018.

The State Library’s master plan was developed in collaboration with HASSELL, and includes a rooftop restaurant/function centre and a subterranean auditorium in the historic Mitchell building. The Library has been working closely with the Heritage Council of NSW and expert heritage consultants to ensure the Mitchell building’s heritage features are preserved and restored.

Construction company Shape was awarded the building contract following a public tender process.

More information about our future plans here.

Please note: 

The noisy phase of the construction work will commence in the next few days and the Library is making every effort to minimise disruptions. Hoarding with acoustic panelling has been installed in the construction works area in the Mitchell building. Two rounds of acoustic testing has also been carried out, on 3 August and 8 September, to measure any potential noise impacts from the building work within the Library.

Guided by the results of the testing, Library services will operate as normal. The Library will however continue to monitor the environment and any relevant news will be posted on the news and updates page of our website.

If you have any comments or question about the project, please contact the Community Engagement Team: 

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