The Library is open. See frequently asked questions.
The State Library is now open with limited services and reduced capacity.
The Library is complying strictly with the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 which requires all staff and visitors (over 16 years of age) to be fully vaccinated, to check in using the Service NSW app, and to wear a face mask at all times. Vaccination records will be checked on entry.
The 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies in all public and staff areas. Please see special conditions of entry here.
The Library's temporary opening hours are:
- Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm
- Friday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Not all reading rooms are available, and services are currently limited (see question 2).
The Map Rooms and western galleries are open. The eastern galleries are temporarily closed and will reopen with a new exhibition on 13 November (see question 7).
The Library Cafe is open every day from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Library Shop is open from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays, 11 am to 5 pm on weekends.
The Mitchell Library Reading Room, including the Special Collections area, is temporarily closed while the ceiling is being repainted. The Mitchell Library Reading Room will reopen for study and computer use in late October, followed by the Special Collections area soon after.
All other reading rooms are open for study, computer use and free wi-fi access Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
In the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, readers and visitors are able to:
- request books and other printed material (excluding Special Collection material) in person only
- online collection requests are likely to resume the following week
- print collection retrieval will only be available Monday to Friday (with reduced hours) in the opening 2–3 weeks, and retrieval times are likely to take longer than usual
- there will also be limits to accessing offsite material in this period
- use the Family History service
- book public computers, use the microfilm readers,
- use Critics’ Picks collection and the Children’s Library
- book study rooms in person or online
- subject to capacity limits to meet Public Health Order requirements
For health and safety reasons, we are operating with a reduced number of staff, and we appreciate your patience while we look after your individual requests.
Yes, the 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies in the reading rooms and throughout the Library, following the NSW Public Health Order.
The HSC period is always a challenging time for Year 12 students — and this year especially. We know students appreciate space to study away from home, and we are doing everything we can to make extra seating available outside our reading rooms, while adhering to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.
Additional seating is available in the following areas, as required:
- Mitchell Building (ground floor): Gallery Room, Dixson Room, Friends Room and Circulation Gallery
- Mitchell Building (level 1): Circulation Gallery and the Map Rooms
- Macquarie St Building (ground floor): Macquarie Room
- Macquarie St Building (lower ground floor): The Glasshouse and the area outside the Glasshouse
- Please see our Visitor Services Officers stationed near the entrances to both buildings if you can’t find a seat or need directions.
We are expecting the Library to be particularly busy over the weekends of 23–24 and 30–31 October and from 6 to 12 November.
Yes, digital copies of collection material can be ordered. Information about ordering digital copies.
Express orders for some special collection items and/or large volumes of items may not always be possible. Once an order has been placed, a Library staff member will contact you to confirm the timeframe.
The Library’s galleries in the western wing of the Mitchell Building are now open. Visitors can view Paintings from the Collection, Dyarubbin and the new exhibition How’s Tricks? Magic in the Golden Age.
The galleries in the eastern wing of the Mitchell Building are set to reopen with the new exhibition Maps of the Pacific on Saturday 13 November.
The health and safety of our staff, readers and visitors is always our top priority.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the building.
We are strictly complying with the NSW Public Health Order to protect everyone who comes through our doors.
In line with the Order, all staff and visitors to the Library are required to be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask at all times (except when eating and drinking). Please see Special Conditions of Entry.
- Hand hygiene facilities are available at each entrance to the Library and in key locations.
- Bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap.
- All hard surfaces and equipment in the reading rooms, galleries and other public spaces are regularly cleaned throughout the day.
- Capacity restrictions are in place, with limited seating in reading rooms and signage clearly displayed.
- Single-use headphones will be made available to users who might need them and don’t have their own.
Yes. The lockers in the Mitchell and the Macquarie Street buildings are available. Readers and visitors are asked to use the disposable wipes to clean the lockers before and after use.
Yes. The Library Cafe is open every day from 10 am to 3 pm. There is a limited selection of food items currently available.
The 1 person per 4 sqm rule applies inside the cafe, and the 1 person per 2 sqm rule applies for outdoor seating.
The Friends Room is currently available for HSC students and other readers to use.
We look forward to welcoming our Friends back into this space later in the year.
The Shakespeare Room is temporarily closed until further notice.
Public programs and learning activities will continue to be delivered online for the time being. Library tours are temporarily on hold.