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Plan your visit

Getting here

By public transport

The closest train stations are Martin Place (200 metres) and St James (450 metres). Ferries arrive into Circular Quay which is only a short walk away. The Sydney Explorer bus stops outside the Library on Macquarie Street.

By car

The nearest parking station is Sydney Hospital, located on Hospital Road.

If you have a Mobility Parking sticker, you can use the parking spaces at Shakespeare Place, on the corner of Macquarie Street and the Cahill Expressway.  

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Access at the library

The wheelchair and pram-friendly entrance is on Macquarie Street, opposite Hunter Street. There are lifts in the building, accessible toilets and baby change room facilities. If you require assisted entry contact the Library on +61 2 9273 1414 or find our more here.

Access and inclusion

Find out more in our Access & Inclusion section.

People crossing road with Library in background

Spaces for reading, research and study

Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room

Visit this reading room to use the collections, get help with your research, work on a group project or find a place to study.

Mitchell Library Reading Room

Enjoy this beautiful, light-filled space while browsing the shelves, collaborating on a group project, using the free wi-fi or quietly studying.

Special Collections area

The Special Collections area is a dedicated space to use original material and rare printed material from the Library's collections. The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.

Study rooms

It’s free to book a study room online, you just need a Library card.

Friends Room

The magnificent Friends Room is on the ground floor of the historic Mitchell Library building.

The Children’s Library

Wind your way through our new maze-like library and get lost in the magic of books and stories.

Family Room

Drop-in and take a timeout in our special drop-in space for pre-schoolers and their families.

Gallery & exhibition spaces

What's On

Find out all the latest exhibitions and events here.


Explore free exhibitions, interactive digital experiences, and a rich program of fun activities for the whole family.

Paintings from the Collection

Monday 13 July 2020 to Friday 20 December 2024

More than 300 original artworks from the Library’s unique collection of landscape and portrait paintings.

Captions and audio guide

Read captions and listen to the curators talk about collection items on display in the galleries. 

Amaze Gallery

Saturday 20 March 2021 to Tuesday 31 December 2024

An ever changing selection of fascinating items from the Library's extraordinary collection.

Eat, Drink & Shop

Library Cafe

Enjoy lunch or a snack in the Library Cafe located near the Macquarie Street entry.

The Library Shop

Visit the Library Shop onsite or online. 

Library activities Join our tours, workshops or talks on each day

What can I do at the Library?

Visit our free exhibitions in the gallery spaces; take a tour of our heritage listed building, join us at a workshop or talk.

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