The Library is open. See frequently asked questions.

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.

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Spaces for reading, research and study Come in and explore the variety of spaces we have throughout the Library

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

With your Library card you can book a study room online, with 2 people allowed per room.

Friends Room

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

The Children’s Library

The Children’s Library is a space for children and families to explore children’s books and experience the joy of reading.  It’s a place to browse an engaging collection of some of the best children’s and youth literature from Australia and the world.

Family Room

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

Gallery & exhibition spaces Drop in for a range of events and free exhibitions

What's On

Find out all the latest exhibitions and events here.

The Collectors’ Gallery

Friday 3 July 2020 to Sunday 31 October 2021

Sculpture busts, miniature portraits, ceramics, coins, medals, cutlery, teacups, typewriters, convict bricks and much more!

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.

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 Recharge in our cafe and take a look around the Library 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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