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State Library of New South Wales

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Before moving to its current building, the State Library existed in many locations around Sydney. Its earliest origins trace back to 1826 when it was a privately owned lending library, which was purchased by the government when it ran into debt.

State Library of New South Wales

The library first moved into the Mitchell Wing, a purpose built building to house it, in 1910. As the library continued to grow, more wings were built, until the library reached its current size. Some people still refer to the State Library as the Mitchell Library. It holds over 4.7 million items including over 2 million books. Some of the most important documents and records of the colonisation of Australia can be found here.

There are regular exhibitions here of artwork, photography and history documents. The NSW State Library also features a mosaic depicting the voyages of the explorer Abel Tasman during 1642 and 1643. Admission to the library is free, as are the exhibitions held in the Mitchell Galleries. Address: Macquarie Street (next to Parliament House), Sydney, NSW, 2000.

 
 

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