The Library is open. See frequently asked questions.
The State Library, including its two main reading rooms, are now open.
The Library is complying strictly with the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 which requires all staff and visitors (aged 16 or over) to be fully vaccinated, to check in using the Service NSW app, and to wear a face mask at all times. Vaccination records will be checked on entry.
The 1 person per 2 sqm rule applies in all public and staff areas. Please see special conditions of entry here.
The Library's temporary opening hours are:
- Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm
- Friday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
The Map Rooms and Galleries are open.
The Library Cafe is open every day until 3 pm.
The Library Shop is open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 5 pm Friday to Sunday.
The Mitchell Library Reading Room and the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room are now open, with all services available.
Yes, the 1 person per 2 sqm rule applies in the reading rooms and throughout the Library, following the NSW Public Health Order.
Yes, digital copies of collection material can be ordered. Information about ordering digital copies.
Express orders for some special collection items and/or large volumes of items may not always be possible. Once an order has been placed, a Library staff member will contact you to confirm the timeframe.
The Library’s galleries in the Mitchell Building are now open.
The health and safety of our staff, readers and visitors is always our top priority.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the building.
We are strictly complying with the NSW Public Health Order to protect everyone who comes through our doors.
In line with the Order, all staff and visitors to the Library are required to be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask at all times (except when eating and drinking). Please see Special Conditions of Entry.
- Hand hygiene facilities are available at each entrance to the Library and in key locations.
- Bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap.
- All hard surfaces and equipment in the reading rooms, galleries and other public spaces are regularly cleaned throughout the day.
- Capacity restrictions are in place, with limited seating in reading rooms and signage clearly displayed.
- Single-use headphones will be made available to users who might need them and don’t have their own.
Yes. The lockers in the Mitchell and the Macquarie Street buildings are available. Readers and visitors are asked to use the disposable wipes to clean the lockers before and after use.
In April 2021, a new locker system was installed to provide free locker access for Library card holders. For quick and easy access to lockers, we suggest installing the Yellowbox app to your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you can use the self-serve computer in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room (Macquarie Street building). Library staff can assist you.
Yes. The Library Shop is open from from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 5 pm Friday and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends.
You can continue to order books, gifts and fine art prints from the Library Shop online (free delivery in Australia).
Please contact the Library Shop via email: email@example.com
Yes. The Library Cafe is open from 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm Friday and 11 am to 3 pm on weekends.
The 1 person per 2 sqm rule applies in all areas of the cafe.
Yes, the Friends Room is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 5 pm on Friday.
Refreshments will not be available for the time being, but members are welcome to bring refreshments from the Library cafe (show your member card to get 10% discount).
The Shakespeare Room is temporarily closed until further notice.
Public programs are being delivered online and onsite. Please check our what's on page for more information.
Learning activities will continue to be delivered online for the time being.
Our free heritage and general gallery tours are temporarily on hold.