State Library of New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales, Tourism New South Wales

Facing the Royal Botanic Gardens, on the corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place, the state library houses a remarkable collection of Australian books, records, personal papers, drawings, paintings and photographs, most of which are regularly displayed in the library’s five public galleries.

The magnificent Mitchell Library Reading Room is a highlight, as is the exquisite mosaic on the floor of the lobby, which depicts Abel Tasman’s map of Australia.

Just outside the library, check out the statues of Matthew Flinders and his beloved cat Trim. Stolen at least four times, Trim now perches on a sandstone ledge, well beyond the reach of souvenir hunters.

Open 9am–8pm Mon–Thurs, 9am–5pm Fri, 10am–5pm Sat–Sun.

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