The State Library of NSW | Booking a session

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The State Library of NSW

Macquarie St

Cnr Shakespeare Pl

Sydney, NSW 2000

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The State Library of NSW | Booking a session


The State Library’s two main reading rooms are open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. A reduced number of readers are allowed at any one time to maintain safe physical distancing.

In the Mitchell Library Reading Room, readers and visitors can pre-book a seat to study and access the free wi-fi (using their own devices).

In the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, readers and visitors can pre-book a seat to study, access the free wi-fi (using their own devices) and use the Library computers.

Please note: From 10 am on Monday 22 June, both Lower Ground 1 and 2 of the Bashir Reading Room will be open. Readers and visitors will be able to access the Critics’ Picks collection, The Children’s Library, the Family History service, and the microfilm readers.

Two daily sessions are offered Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)*.

*Readers wishing to access Special Collections have the option to book one or two sessions per day. We have allocated seating based on use — the following seats are now available to book:

  • 10 seats to view books and other printed material

  • 8 seats to view original material — for Gold Card holders only

  • 4 seats to use the microfilm readers

See below for session times and booking links.

Session Times

Morning session: 10 am to 1.30 pm

Afternoon session: 2.30 pm to 6 pm

Please choose which location:

Click here for Mitchell Library Reading Room tickets

Click here for Special Collections Area (Mitchell Library Reading Room) tickets

Click here for Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room tickets


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To help plan your visit, please read our FAQ.

Special conditions of entry from Monday 1 June (Stage 1)

To ensure the health and safety of our readers, visitors and staff, we will be strictly complying with the NSW Health guidelines to protect everyone who comes through our doors. As a condition of entry, you must read and agree to the following conditions of entry:

  • if you are feeling unwell, please do not enter the building

  • readers and visitors exhibiting signs of illness may be asked to leave by Library staff or security

  • there is a limit of one person per online booking per day

  • please ensure that you have your booking confirmation with you when you arrive — either as a print-out or displayed on your phone

  • safe physical distancing of 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times, even if arriving with family or friends

  • you must not move the location of desks or chairs; you may leave your desk to go to other areas, but you must return to the desk that you initially occupied

  • readers and visitors who do not comply with physical distancing measures may be asked to leave by Library staff or security

  • you must exit the Library immediately at the end of your booked session so the reading rooms and other areas of the Library can be thoroughly cleaned

  • aggressive and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated — read our Reader and Visitor Code of Conduct

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Sydney, NSW 2000

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