Your Questions

Why does the Library need a master plan?

Our vision is to transform the State Library of NSW into a global cultural destination for all. We want to ensure all our readers, researchers, students and visitors — local and international — have the opportunity to access and enjoy this much-loved Sydney landmark and the extraordinary riches within it. Our new master plan offers a roadmap on how we can achieve this goal.

How is the project being funded?

The new galleries and learning centre – two major components of our master plan – is made possible through the strong support of benefactors, the late Michael Crouch AC and John B Fairfax AO. The accessible entrance, new lifts, and some other necessary works are supported by the NSW Government funding.

Will the building works affect the Library opening hours?

No. The Library will remain open and operational throughout the building works. However, some areas of the building may be restricted or access diverted while works are underway. Every effort will be made to minimise disruptions while ensuring the safety of our staff, our readers and visitors, and our collections.

Will I still be able to use the Mitchell Library Reading Room when the building works are taking place?

Library services will continue to operate throughout the planned works, however some services may be temporarily relocated on-site while noisy work is being carried out. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and will ensure information about changed access to Library services is shared ahead of time.


Yes. Our major exhibitions program will be affected as we build the new galleries in the eastern wing of the Mitchell building and make improvements to our current galleries in the western wing. The Michael Crouch Galleries are scheduled to launch in 2018.

During this time we will still host the Photos1440 exhibition, opening 26 November 2017. You can also view original collection material in the Amaze Galleryand in the ArteFact or Fiction? display in the Macquarie building (Lower Ground 1), and enjoy our What Goes Pop! display (Level 1).

When will the project be finished?

The master plan supports a vision for the future. The different stages of the plan will be rolled out as funding permits. The next stage of the funded works (Michael Crouch Galleries, new lifts, circulation galleries, and the John B. Fairfax Learning Centre) are due for completion in 2018. The accessible entrance is due for completion in 2019.

Will there be future consultation opportunities?

Consultation opportunities will be available to learn more about the master plan and provide feedback. Register your interest at and stay up-to-date with the latest progress by visiting our website regularly. 


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