Using the Library

Accessing the collection When you sign up for a free Library card, you can request books and other materials to use in the Library, or use our eresources in the Library or at home.

Using the Library's collections

Find out how you can use the Library's collections including how to request, where to collect and return items.

How to use special collections

Learn how to request, collect and use original material and rare printed material from the Library's special collections. 

Getting copies

Find out how you can order copies of material from the Library's collections.

Ordering digital images and archival prints

A handy guide on how to obtain digital copies of Library images and archival prints

Eresources collection

Access online over 300 resources including databases, ejournals and ebooks.

Researching your family history

Explore your family history using the Library's diverse and extensive collections and get help from the Library's specialist staff.

Card catalogues and indexes

Many hidden treasures abound in the card catalogues and indexes in the Mitchell Library Reading Room!


We have an extensive collection of local and international newspapers, in a range of physical and digital formats.

Visiting the Reading Rooms Learn how to access the wifi, print, and book a computer or a study room.

First time here?

Some questions and answers we hope will help to make your journey around the website easier


Learn how you can connect to the Library's wi-fi and how to print from your own device.

Wi-fi printing

The Library's printing system allows you to connect to the free State Library of NSW wi-fi and send files from your device, to any printer in the Library. 

Printing, copying and scanning

Find out about self-service printing, scanning and copying, including wi-fi printing from laptops and mobile devices.

Opening hours

Opening hours for the reading rooms, galleries, cafe,  Shop and other spaces around the Library.

Study rooms

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

Computers for use in the Library

Find out about using the Library's computers.

Bags and lockers

To protect the Library’s collections, some areas of the Library have bag restrictions. You may need a locker to store your bag if you are using these areas.