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The Verandah

Opening hours 

What is it?

The Verandah is an open and informal space where you can sit back and relax with a daily newspaper, use the free wi-fi or simply find a quiet spot to study.

People sitting at tables and reading under large white staircase

When you visit

Didn't bring your own device? You can use an express computer in the Verandah. Express computers can be used for up to 30 minutes and you don't need a Library card.

There is also a self-service printer and copier in the Verandah. You can print from the express computers, your own device via the Library's wi-fi or an USB. Buy a copy card from the card kiosk or use your Library card to print and copy. Find out more about printing and copying including pricing.

Need help with your research? Speak to staff in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

You can take your bags and covered drinks into this area.


The Verandah is on Lower Ground 1 in the Macquarie Street building.


The Verandah opened in September 2011 as part of the refurbishment of the State Reference Library Reading Room - now known as the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. The Verandah was designed as an open, informal space in response to client's changing needs.