State Library of NSW

State Library of NSW information

Sydney , Australia
Macquarie St
+61 2 9273 1414
Getting there
Train: Martin Pl
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Opening hours
9am-8pm Mon-Thu, 10am-5pm Fri-Sun
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Among the State Library's over five million tomes are James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and William Bligh’s log from the mutinous HMAV Bounty . It's worth dropping in to peruse the temporary exhibitions in the galleries, and the elaborately sculpted bronze doors and grand atrium of the neoclassical Mitchell Wing (1910); note the map of Tasman’s journeys in the mosaic floor. The main reading room is an elegant temple of knowledge clad in milky marble.

Outside, on the Macquarie St side of the building, is a sculpture of explorer Matthew Flinders; look for his intrepid cat Trim on the windowsill behind.