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Location: Macquarie Street

The State Library of NSW is worth a visit. It is much more than a building housing literally thousands of books but it is also a historical building. It began life as the Australian Subscription library in 1826 with a mission to provide isolated colonists with access to books. It was soon converted into a public library after the government bought the rights to the building.

One of the interesting rooms in the library is the Mitchell Library named after David Scott Mitchell who devoted his life to collecting books and the documentation of Australian history. The room begun in 1906 and finished in 1941 now houses over 60,000 books containing information about Australia and her people.

In 1988, the General Reference Library was added and has an impressive collection of resources such as a family history centre. Although it is not possible to borrow books outside the library, visitors can borrow books for a maxiumum of three hours.

(02) 9230-1414

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  1. Opening hours: Monday to Friday (9am to 9pm), weekends (11pm to 5pm)

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