Library sights in Sydney
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The estimable State Library holds over five million tomes, including James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and Captain (later Governor) Bligh’s log from the mutinous HMAV Bounty. The main reading room is an elegant temple of knowledge clad in milky marble.
Also worth checking out are 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. Beneath one of the windows on the Macquarie St side of the building is a sculpture of explorer Matthew Flinders with his intrepid cat Trim.