Readers and writers will continue to research the State Library’s world-renowned Australian collections in the iconic Mitchell Library Reading Room under a revised plan which responds to community feedback, the NSW State Librarian announced today.
“We have listened carefully to people’s concerns since our December 2013 announcement of plans to renew the Mitchell Library building, and have been working on a proposal to address them as fully as possible,” says Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive.
“The depth of passion expressed for the Mitchell Library and our expert staff has been tremendous and highlights the important roles this Library plays in the lives of readers, near and afar,” says Dr Byrne.
“Our revised plan confirms that researchers, readers and visitors will continue to read and work with our rich collections surrounded by the grandeur of the Mitchell Library Reading Room, which we are continuing to restore.”
Under the revised plan the current special collections area inside the Mitchell Library Reading Room will be extended in the coming months for researchers and readers to access the Library’s original materials, related reference books and card catalogues for manuscripts and Mitchell printed books. Expert librarians will continue to provide advice and assistance at a dedicated service desk.
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