1. Steve Campbell Grant

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    The image shows a large room – wall to wall with books on every manner of subject. This was how information was distributed – and absorbed – before the phenomenon of relying on search engines such as Google to provide us with answers to our questions. The space was deliberately quiet – and tellingly empty – like a display in a museum. The role of the library is clearly changing in the age of information. We came for a remarkable exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from The Great War. The library is in an ideal position to bring history alive through such exhibitions. Situated at the top of Macquarie Street – overlooking Shakespeare place – the bard himself would be impressed by the grandeur and grace of this wonderful Sydney icon. Five stars. Open every day. Entry is free. 

  2. Silke Elzner

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    Amazing place not just for book lovers but also for tourists. Just check out the colonnaded facade which is really impressive and well designed. Step into the foyer where you will find a floor mosaic depicting an early Dutch map from the 17th century showing Australia. Discover all the accuracies and marvel at the early discoveries even before Cook had come close to the South Eastern coast of the continent. Then step through the crystal glass French doors and enter the hall of books – a wide room with polished desks, two or three storeys of book shelves along the gallery walls, sneaky staircases to the upper levels, a glassed ceiling, picture windows like in a church. Now walk on a descend into the basement. A tunnel will lead you to the modern part of the library, but not before you walked past some exhibits such as spoons and picture frames. The modern part of the library is the exact opposite from the old part – it’s busy, lively, all glass and straight lines. Next time you are in the city have a look at this beautiful building, it’s free of course.

  3. Elyse Daniels

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    One of my favourite places to spend a rainy weekend. In particular I love all the free exhibitions they put on. The World Press Photography exhibition but I also enjoyed the recent Life Interrupted exhibition of WW1 personal diaries of soldiers.

  4. Zikang Xia

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    Great place to sit back and relax with a book or just to chill and surf the internet. Located within a short walk from the heart of the CBD, the State Library is what I feel to be an underutilized resource for what it is. Not only an extremely useful resource for research, even with the internet around, there is also a gallery to see. That and free wifi, what more could you ask for?

  5. Josh Dillon

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    Great place to rest of study when sight seeing. Nice free exhibits, free WiFi, quiet reading areas, clean restrooms.