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Visit us

Everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Library.

Getting here

Discover the best ways to travel to the Library, including public transport, places to park a car and where to leave a bike.

Access at the Library

Information about accessible entrances, getting to the Library reading rooms, accessible toilets, wheelchairs, tours, phones, hearing loops. 

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Opening hours

Find out when you can visit different parts of the Library on each day of the week.

Spaces for reading, research and study

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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.

Clients studying in the Mitchell Library Reading Room

Mitchell Library Reading Room

Visit this light-filled space to study, browse the shelves or use the Special Collections area.

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Special Collections area

Visit this area to use original and rare printed material, including items that are unique, irreplaceable or fragile.

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Friends Room

Friends of the Library can use this beautiful heritage lounge to read and relax.

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Study rooms

Book one of these rooms when you want to study in a small group or on your own without being disturbed.

The Shakespeare Room

Visit a hidden corner of Tudor England in Australia.

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Family Room

Drop in to this vibrant space to enjoy books, games and activities curated for children under 5-years-old.

The Children's Library

The Children’s Library

A space for young visitors to discover and enjoy the magic of books, for readers up to 16 years old.

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Map Rooms

Explore five centuries of cartography from around the world and discover a space where you can carry out quiet research.

Gallery and exhibition spaces

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What's On

Find out all the latest exhibitions and events here.

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Captions and audio guide

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

Eat, drink and shop

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Library Cafe

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

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The Library Shop

Visit the Library Shop onsite or online.

In your language

The Library offers a number of resources in other languages.

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