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Visitors to our historic Mitchell Reading Room soar

The number of people visiting the State Library of NSW is at an all-time high, with the renowned Mitchell Library Reading Room recording a 100 percent increase since 2012, according to the Library’s latest occupancy report*.

According to the Hon. George Souris AM, President of the Library Council of NSW:  "The dramatic increase in the number of researchers, readers and visitors using and enjoying the Mitchell Library Reading Room re-affirms our commitment to transforming the Library’s stunning heritage spaces for greater public use."

Back in 2014 the State Library increased the secure special collections area in the Mitchell Reading Room for researchers and introduced a more welcoming general reading area for the comfort of readers and visitors.

The Library is about to embark on a major component of its master plan with the establishment of new world-class galleries in the eastern wing of the Mitchell building – in areas previously used for storage and offices.

The Library is also part way through an exciting re-configuration of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room in the Macquarie Street building, to accommodate the increasing need for informal ‘lounge’ spaces and improve access to collections and services.

“We want to ensure all our visitors have the opportunity to access and enjoy this much-loved Sydney landmark and its rich and remarkable collection,” Mr Souris said.

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