Benefits for Friends of the Library

There are many advantages to becoming a Friend of the State Library including discounts and special events where you'll meet new people and be part of the life of the Library.
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Why be a Library Friend?

Enjoy a wealth of benefits and special access to our renowned collections through member events, exhibitions and publications. You'll join many others who love to support and connect with the State Library. 

Private Friends Room

Relax in the beautiful heritage Friends Room located in the iconic Mitchell Building. It’s a quiet haven from the frantic pace of the city.  You and a guest can enjoy exclusive weekday access.*  Complimentary refreshments, newspapers, magazines and WiFi are available. 

* Check today’s opening hours here.  

Special events

Come to exclusive Friends events including curator talks with rare original materials from the Library’s collections, the bi-monthly Reading Lounge Bookclub, exhibition viewings, and specialist talks on varied subjects such as history, literature, art, and contemporary issues.  

SL Magazine

You’ll receive an annual subscription to the Library’s award-winning quarterly SL magazine featuring fascinating articles about new acquisitions, research discoveries and upcoming exhibitions.  You’ll also be the first to know about future events at the State Library with our regular Friends e-newsletter.

Family history consultation

Uncover your story with a free half hour consultation with a Family History Librarian.  They will guide you in your research, whether your are just starting out, or whether you are puzzling over gaps in the family tree.

By appointment only, on the last Friday of the month.  Book through the Friends Office: 9273 1593.

State Library discounts

  • Free admission or 10% discount on most State Library ticketed public programs
  • 10% discount on purchases at the State Library Shop, Sydney’s premier Australiana book shop, plus invitations to exclusive Friends-only shopping days. (Your loyalty is rewarded with a 20% discount, if you have been a member for 10 or more years.)
  • 10% discount at the Library’s Cafe Trim, plus a special Friends Coffee & Cake deal.
  • Receive a 20% discount when you book the  beautiful Shakespeare Room for your next family function. With its Tudor style ceiling and stained glass windows inspired by As You Like It, this intimate room is ideal for small dinners and cocktail parties for up to 15 people. Please contact Venue Hire for all enquiries and quote your membership number when you book.


Reciprocal partners

Enjoy Friends privileges when your travels take you to:

  • National Library of Australia - Members lounge, Library Shop 10% discount and discounts on events listed in What’s On;
  • State Library of Victoria - Members lounge and free entry to Foundation events;
  • State Library of South Australia - Members Lounge and discounts on Friends publications purchased online.

To access benefits please remember to present your membership card.